Throws Four TD Passes In 29-26 Win At Hofstra

Ricky Santos

PHILADELPHIA--Sophomore quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week for another outstanding four-TD passing effort in a hard-fought 29-26 victory at Hofstra on Nov. 5. This marks the fourth time this season he has received the prestigious honor.

Santos, listed as one of 16 top candidates to win the Walter Payton Award by "The Sports Network", scrambled all over the field against an aggressive Hofstra defensive front, but still managed to throw four TD passes of 30, 14, 14 and 5 yards.

The game-winning touchdown came with 6:40 remaining in the contest as he connected with junior wide receiver Aaron Brown (Central Square, N.Y.) for five yards to give the Wildcats the 29-26 advantage following the two-point conversion pass from Santos to junior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.)

Santos, and Ball, who is also one of the 16 top candidates for the Walter Payton Award, connected twice for touchdowns on the afternoon as Santos' favorite target finished with nine catches for 123 yards. Santos completed 23-35 passes for 285 yards.

Looking back over the team's four-game winning streak, Santos has led UNH to a 4-0 mark vs. Atlantic 10 North teams. He has thrown for an amazing total of 17 touchdown passes in the last four contests and during that time has not thrown an interception. He has also completed over 76 percent of his passes in the four victories.

Santos remains UNH's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 60 and is on pace to become one of only six NCAA I-AA quarterbacks to ever throw for over 100 touchdowns in their career. Santos has two more years of eligibility left as a Wildcat.

With two games remaining in the regular season, Santos already has 29 TD passes in 2005 to lead the Atlantic 10 and needs just three more to break the UNH record for TD passes in a season, which he set in 2004 as a freshman with 31.

Santos also has topped the 6,000-yard passing mark for his career with 6,011, which ranks him third all-time at UNH. The record is 7,742 by Bob Jean (1985-88).

The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 2 in the nation last week in "The Sports Network I-AA Poll", could move up to No. 1 on Tuesday afternoon following a loss by No. 1 Furman. UNH will play its final two games of the 2005 regular season at home vs. Iona on Nov. 12 and vs. Maine on Nov. 19. Both contests begin at 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium and can be heard live on the UNH Sports Radio Network.

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