FOOTBALL MEDIA NOTES VS. DARTMOUTH, 9/23
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THIS WEEK'S GAME :  It seemed like there was a collective sigh of relief at the UNH press conference after the 62-7 rout of Stony Brook. Many teams around the country have faltered after a big win like UNH's over Northwestern in week No. 1. However, there was no letdown for UNH, which scored on its first five straight possessions vs. the Seawolves, while the defense allowed just a TD.  As was the trend several times last season, the UNH starters played just one half of football before the backups got their chance to show what they could do. Leading the way was sophomore running back Robert Simpson, who carried the football 12 times for 120 yards. UNH's ground game was explosive, as the 'Cats compiled 417 yards rushing with eight different ball-carriers. In addition, five players rushed for TDs. Junior quarterback Ricky Santos was effiicient in limited playing time, completing 10 of 16 pass attempts for 88 yards and two TDs with no interceptions for the second straight game. The defense flew to the ball, breaking up six passes, coming up with a forced fumble, a  fumble recovery, a sack and six tackles for a loss. Dartmouth plays its home opener vs. UNH in the Granite Bowl game and is coming off a season-opening 28-7 loss at Colgate.  The lone TD was scored by Milan Williams on a 1 yd run.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS. DARTMOUTH AND THE GRANITE BOWL: This will mark the 36th meeting between these two intrastate rivals in a series that dates back to 1956. The Big Green won that first meeting by a 51-0 margin with UNH not earning its first victory until 1973 (10-9). Dartmouth, which won nine straight to open the series, has not defeated the Wildcats since 1976. UNH has won six straight contests since the inception of the Granite Bowl Trophy in 2000, and eight straight games dating back to 1992. Since 1976, UNH has recorded a 13-0-2 record vs. the Big Green. In addition, the Wildcats have scored over 40 points in five of the six Granite Bowl games and is averaging 41.5 ppg. since it began battling Dartmouth for the trophy.  UNH scored 49 points last year in its 49-20 victory, but the most points scored by the Wildcats in the series was 66 points in 1986, when UNH won by a 66-12 margin. The 66 points is the most scored by either team.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: The Big Green is loaded with returning lettermen and is looking to improve on last year's 2-8 overall mark and 1-6 record in the Ancient Eight. In the squad's season-opener, Colgate scored three straight times in the second half to pull away for the 28-7 victory. Dartmouth led the game early (7-6)  with a touchdown by Milan Williams at 7:05 of the second quarter. Quarterback Tom Bennewtiz completed 14 of 22 passes for 102 yards and was sacked twice with no interceptions. His favorite target was All-Ivy wide receiver Ryan Fuselier, who pulled in sxi catches for 64 yds. The team's top runner in the contest was Williams with 12 carries for 31 yds. Defensively Ian Wilson was busy, making 11 tackles and recording a sack.

WILDCATS RUN OVER STONY BROOK, 62-7: 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. 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.

KICK/PUNT RETURNER COREY GRAHAM NAMED ATLANTIC 10 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER STONY BROOK CONTEST:  Senior kick/punt returner Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) was named the Atlantic 10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in UNH's decisive 62-7 victory over Stony Brook. Graham returned five punts for 75 yards, but one of them went 51 yards for a touchdown at 13:53 of the second quarter to give UNH a 34-7 advantage.

A GAME-BY-GAME LOOK AT THE UNH OFFENSE (2006): The UNH offense appears to be explosive yet again. Here's a look at the numbers so far. UNH is averaging 437.5 yards per contest in 2006.

1. at Northwestern    329 yds    5 TDs
2. Stony Brook    598 yds    9 TDs


UNH HOME ATTENDANCE OFF TO A GOOD START:  Last year UNH football drew two crowds of over 8,000 people to Cowell Stadium, a place that has just 6,500 seats. Attendance did not fall much after the success of 2005. UNH enjoyed a home crowd of 7,395 fans in its home-opener vs. Stony Brook on Sept. 16.

UNH'S 62 POINTS VS. STONY BROOK: UNH's 62 points scored in the victory over Stony Brook was the most put up by the Wildcats since UNH defeated Towson last season by a 62-21 margin. The most points ever scored by a UNH team is 70 points vs. both Central Connecticut and East Stroudsburg in 2003 and 1998, repectively.
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