DURHAM, N.H.  – Robert Simpson (Brockton, Mass.) ran for a career-high 120 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) also ran for two scores to propel the top-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 62-7 victory against Stony Brook University at Cowell Stadium.
    UNH, coming off its 34-17 victory against Northwestern University of the Big 10, improved to 2-0. Stony Brook is now 0-3.
    The Wildcats scored a touchdown on each of its first five possessions to build a 35-7 second-quarter lead and took a 41-7 advantage into halftime. UNH amassed 417 rushing yards on 55 carries. Matt O’Brien (Cambridge, Mass.) gained 80 yards on seven carries, Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) carried the ball eight times for 67 yards and Ward finished with 65 yards on seven carries to give the ‘Cats a balanced ground game.
Sophomore Running Back
Matt O'Brien

    UNH quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 88 yards. Santos’ six-yard pass play to Evan Loring (Chocorua, N.H.) gave New Hampshire a 13-0 lead at 8:10 of the first quarter and his 25-yard pass play to Aaron Brown (Central Square, N.Y.) on the next drive extended the advantage to 20-0 at 4:23.
    David Ball (Orange, Vt.) recorded three catches for seven yards and did not have a touchdown in limited playing time.
    SBU, outgained 546-278 in total yards, was led on the ground by Steve Austin (10 carries, 67 yards). Four quarterbacks took snaps in the game. Josh Dudash was 10-for-17 for 112 yards as the leading passer and Anthony Hamilton accounted for the Seawolves’ lone score on a 10-yard scamper with 54 seconds remaining in the first half.
    Kackert’s five-yard run opened the scoring at 12:44 and propelled UNH to a 20-0 lead. Ward’s one-yard TD run opened the second-quarter scoring at 14:43 and extended the Wildcats’ advantage to 27-7. Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) made a punt return 51 yards down the left sideline to create a 34-7 score at 13:53. Ward’s second touchdown run, this time from seven yards, gave the home team a 41-7 edge with 2:40 left in the half.
    Hank Hendricks (San Diego, Calif.), who quarterbacked the ‘Cats in the second half, scored on an eight-yard run to extend the cushion to 48-7 at 13:13 of the third quarter. Simpson closed the scoring with a one-yard run at 10:23 of the third and a three-yard scamper at 12:06 of the fourth.
    New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 23 (12 p.m.) at intrastate rival Dartmouth College. The next Wildcats’ home game is Oct. 7 vs. Richmond. Game time at Cowell Stadium is 12 p.m.
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