UNH FOOTBALL MEDIA NOTES VS. RICHMOND (10/7)
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THIS WEEK'S GAME : For a regular season matchup, this game is a big one that UNH fans should not miss. It is a battle of the unbeatens as both Richmond and UNH are 4-0 and 1-0 in Atlantic 10 play. There is a chance to see history made as David Ball remains just one touchdown reception away from breaking the all-time mark set by NFL legend Jerry Rice when he was at Mississippi Valley State. Plus it is a chance to see UNH junior signal-caller Ricky Santos, who is now the Wildcats' all-time career passing yardage leader with 8,008 yards. As if that is not enough, the game features a battle between No. 1 and No. 7 in all of I-AA football. The spiders, who are fresh off a 12-7 victory vs. Northeastern, have a stifling defense that has not given up more than 21 points in any game this season. and pitched a total shutout vs. I-A Duke. Richmond is allowing opponents just 200.0 yards per contest and has outscored the enemy 131-35. UNH is not too shabby when you look at the team numbers, as the Wildcats are leading I-AA with 51.0 ppg.  and just over 488 yards per contest. At the end of the day one team will suffer its first loss of the season and there could be two or less teams left in the conference who will remain undefeated in the conference, as Towson is 4-0 and 1-0 in the A-10 as well. This looks to be one of the biggest games in I-AA football this week.

DAVID BALL NEEDS JUST ONE MORE TD CATCH TO BREAK JERRY RICE'S ALL-TIME NCAA I-AA MARK OF 50 TD RECEPTIONS: Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) recorded his third touchdown of the day in the second quarter of the 56-16 victory at Dartmouth to move into a tie with Jerry Rice when it comes to career TD receptions. Rice, who was an NFL legend and played his college ball at I-AA Mississippi Valley State, recorded 50 career TDs. The big play came on a 6 yd pass from junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) to give the Wildcats a commanding 35-0 lead in the contest. Ball also caught a touchdown pass at 8:46 of the first quarter, a 37-yarder from Santos and the other at 11:00 of the second stanza, a 7-yarder, also from Santos. For the afternoon, Ball was phenomenal, catching 12 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Ball has five total TD catches this season, after gabbing a pair in the endzone in UNH's big upset of I-A Big Ten Bowl Team Northwestern.

RICKY SANTOS AND DAVID BALL NAMED TO THE "SPORTS NETWORK'S" PAYTON WATCH LIST: Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) were both named to "The Sports Network's" Walter Payton Award Watch List in recognition of their outstanding efforts last year, and for what the pair is expected to accomplish in 2006. Both Santos and Ball have been recognized as preseason All-Americans by several media outlets, including: "The Sports Network", "Street & Smith's, "Lindy's" and "I-AA. org". In last year's voting for the Walter Payton Award, Santos finished second in the voting, just five points behind first place, while Ball finished seventh overall in the voting.  Santos has completed 73 of 102 passes for 893 yards and has passed for 12 touchdowns, while running for a team-high five. Ball has caught 30 passes for 393 yds and five TDs this season.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS. RICHMOND: This will mark the the 17th meeting  between these to Atlantic 10 rivals and Richmond leads the all-time series by a 9-7 margin. The Spiders have also dominated the recent meetings, posting a 4-1 mark vs. the Wildcats since 1994. However, UNH won the most recent meeting played in Durham between the two schools, as the Wildcats edged the Spiders in 2002 by a one-point margin, 20-19.

SCOUTING RICHMOND: Richmond, like UNH, is undefeated with a 4-0 mark and 1-0 record in Atlantic 10 conference play. Victories over the likes of Duke (13-0), VMI (58-7), Bucknell (48-21) and Northeastern most recently (12-7) have put the spiiders in the top 10 among the nation's top I-AA football teams. On offense, the rushing production has come from Tim High tower, who already has 80 carries for 436 yds and two TDs and by Josh Vaughn, who has rushed for three rushing TDs. At quarterback, Eric Ward has taken most of the snaps and has completed 38 of 71 passes for 482 yds and fourt TDs. High tower is averaging 109.0 rushing yards per game. On the defensive side of the football, look for some hard hits from the likes of Adam Goloboski, who leads the squad with 25 tackles and from Sherman Logan with 20 tackles and six tackles for a loss.

WIDE RECEIVER DAVID BALL IS CHASING HISTORY AND NFL LEGEND JERRY RICE:  Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.), a two-time first-team All-American,  has been in the media spotlight over the summer, making appearances in "The New York Times", "USA Today" and "ESPN The Magazine.." Why? He is chasing many of the records that NFL legend Jerry Rice set during his I-AA football days at Mississippi Valley State, numbers that many said could never be broken. Here's a look at what Ball has accomplished and what he needs to break some major NCAA I-AA receiving all-time records.

1. Touchdown Catches: Ball has now tied the all-time NCAA I-AA record for career touchdown receptions with 50, after grabbing three TD receptions at Dartmouth.
1. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (50)
1. David Ball, New Hampshire (50)

2. Receiving Yards: Ball needs 766 yards this season to surpass Jerry Rice's all-time NCAA I-AA mark for career receiving yards of 4,693.
1. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (4,693)
David Ball, New Hampshire (3, 934)

RICKY SANTOS READY TO BECOME UNH'S ALL-TIME CAREER PASSING COMPLETION LEADER: Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) is set to break UNH's all-time career mark for pass completions. He needs just eight more pass completions to break the mark set by Ryan Day (653).
Most Completions?Career

RICKY SANTOS NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY THE SPORTS NETWORK AND ATLANTIC 10 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR EFFORTS IN WIN AT NO. 17 DELAWARE:  Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week, a I-AA.org All-Star and The Sports Network National offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding efforts in UNH’s thrilling 52-49 victory at Delaware on Sept. 30. Santos completed 21-of-30 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and added a game-high 110 rushing yards and two scores. He had touchdown passes of 28 yards to freshman RB Chad Kackert, 11 yards to senior wideout Aaron Brown and 13 yards to junior RB Chris Ward and had scoring runs of one and nine yards. It marked his fourth career 100-yard rushing performance and the junior has not thrown an interception in 102 pass attempts this season. He also became the program’s all-time passing yardage leader with 8,008 in 30 games, surpassing the previous mark of 7,742, held by Bob Jean (1985-88).  It was his second A-10 Offensive Player of the Week citation of the season and ninth of his career.

ROAD WARRIORS ONCE AGAIN: One of the trademark traits of a successful team is to be able to win on the road and the Wildcats have done just that winning three of their first four games out of a suitcase. UNH opened the season with a win at Northwestern (34-17), at Dartmouth (56-14) and at Delaware (52-49). Going back to last season, UNH has won five consecutive road games and has not lost on the road since Oct. 8 at William & Mary (42-10).

UNH FOOTBALL HAS THE LONGEST STREAK OF WEEKLY APPEARANCES IN THE TOP 25 AMONG ALL ATLANTIC 10 TEAMS: The Wildcats lead the entire Atlantic 10 in the number of consecutive appearances in the Sports Network Top 25 with 33, including two straight weekly appearances at No. 1 in 2006. UNH has been in the top 25 dating all the way back to Sept. 6, 2004.

1. New Hampshire (33)
2. Massachusetts (20)
3. Richmond (11)

UNH BREAKS ITS OWN RECORD FOR MOST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS RANKED NO. 1:  The UNH football team has been ranked No. 1 for four consecutive weeks, which is the longest stint ever for a Wildcat squad in the top spot. The Wildcats were ranked No. 1 for three consecutive weeks at the conclusion of the 2005 regular season.

RICKY SANTOS TAKES OVER AS UNH'S ALL-TIME CAREER PASSING YARDAGE LEADER: Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) took over as UNH's all-time leader in passing yardage with 8,008 career passing yardage after the Delaware game. He surpassed the mark of Bob Jean, who finished his career with 7,742 yards from 1985 -88.,



3. Games With At Least One TD Catch: Ball checks in with 23 career contests where he has caught at least one TD catch.
1. Eric Kimble, Eastern Washington (29)
2. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (26)
    David Ball, New Hampshire (24)

4. 100-Yard Receiving Performances:
1. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (23)
    David Ball, New Hampshire (19)
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