BROOKLINE, MASS. -- Alex Broomfield caught a two-point conversion pass in OT to give Northeastern University a 36-35 victory over No. 7 New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at Parsons Field.
UNH (5-2, 2-2) took the football first in the overtime period and scored on an 11 yard TD pass from junior quarterback Ricky Santos (
Northeastern (3-4, 2-2) took over and had fourth and five on the 20 yd line. Senior TE Kendrick Ballantyne caught a 20 yd TD pass from John Sperrazza and NU decided to go for two points and earned the win on the two-point conversion to
The game looked lost for UNH as the home team took a 28-21 lead on a run by Broomfield, 38 yards for paydirt, but UNH drove 57 yards in 52 seconds and capped off the drive with a 23 yard pass from Santos to senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) with one second left on the clock in regulation. The PAT by redshirt freshman Tom Manning (Rome, N.Y.) tied the game 28. That was the third of the day between the Walter Payton candidates.
Northeastern scored three TDs in the fourth quarter, while UNH had two. The first for the Wildcats was a 1 yard run by
UNH broke a long scoring dought with a 24 yard TD pass from Santos to Ball that gave the Wildcats a 14-7 lead with 31 seconds left in the third quarter. The drive covered 50 yards in six plays and only took 53 seconds off the clock
The Huskies tied the game again at 10:37 of the fourth quarter on a 1 yard run by running back Maurice Murray after a Santos pass was intercepted at the UNH 18 yard line and the score was tied 14-14.
The Wildcats drew first blood in the contest when
NU scored with just 52 seconds remaining before the half on a 20 yd TD reception by Kendrick makeshift defense due to various injuries did a good job for most of the half, but Ballantyne from
UNH’s defense, which was decimated by injuries prior to the game, was led by senior free safety Terrell Lewis, who had nine solo tackles and he also forced a fumble.
The Wildcats will return to action at home this coming Saturday (Oct. 28) when they entertain