No. 10 RANKED FOOTBALL TO FACE HAMPTON IN NCAA PLAYOFFS
    DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team gathered in their lockerroom on Sunday afternoon to watch the 2006 NCAA Football Division I Championship selection show on ESPNews and discovered they would be traveling to Hampton University for their first-round matchup on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Armstrong Stadium. The game is tentatively scheduled to be played at 1 p.m.
    Hampton, ranked ninth in the Sports Network poll last week, enters the playoffs with a 10-1 record and the Pirates were crowned champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
    Hampton and UNH have met twice on the football field during their all-time histories and UNH leads the series by a 2-0 margin. Both games were season-openers for the Wildcats, who won 31-17 in Virginia in 2000 and were victorious in Durham in 2001, 45-29.
    UNH was ranked 10th in the nation this past week, is 8-3 overall, and is coming off a key 19-13 overtime victory at No. 22 Maine that propelled the Wildcats into the playoffs. 
    This marks the third straight year that UNH has received a bid to the tournament. UNH advanced to the quarterfinals in both 2004 and 2005. The Wildcats also played in the first-round of the I-AA playoffs in 1991 and 1994. UNH’s record in the NCAA playoffs is 2-4 all-time. The two victories for the Wildcats took place in 2004 at Georgia Southern (27-13) and in 2005 at home vs. Colgate (55-21). The losses were to Northern Iowa in the 2005 quarterfinals (24-21), Montana in the 2004 quarterfinals (47-17), Appalachian State in the 1994 first round (17-10 OT) and Samford in the 1991 first round (29-13).
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