Hanover, N.H.— Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) tied Jerry Rice’s all-time NCAA I-AA record of 50 touchdowns with his third touchdown of the day at the 2:43 mark of the second quarter leading the University of New Hampshire football team to a 56-14 victory over Dartmouth College at Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.
    Ball tied Rice’s touchdown mark with a six-yard touchdown reception as junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) found Ball in the far right corner of the endzone. Ball moved to within two TDs of Jerry Rice’s career mark, following a great 37-yard catch and run to give the Wildcats a 14-0 advantage at the 8:46 mark of the opening quarter. Ball registered 12 receptions for 179 yards on the day vs. the Big Green.
Senior Wide Receiver
David Ball

The Wildcats opened the scoring at 12:05 of the first quarter when Santos completed a 12-yard pass to senior tight end Sean Lynch (Salem, N.H.) to give UNH a 7-0 lead to start the game.
    "The most exciting thing about being mentioned with him is I'm happy people view me as they view him," Ball said. "There are a lot of people who view him not only as a great football player, but as a great teammate and a great person. A lot of what set him apart was his character on and off the field."
    Santos passed former Wildcat quarterback Ryan Day (7,670) for second on the all-time UNH passing yards leaderboard with 7,727 yards. Santos needs only 16 yards passing for the all-time school passing yard record set by Bob Jean (1985-1988) with 7,742. Santos finished the game with 318 yards passing and five touchdown strikes in three quarters of play to lead the Wildcat offense. Santos threw for 262 yards passing and four touchdowns in the first half of action in Hanover. UNH went into the locker room at halftime with a 35-0 lead.
    "Once I saw that coverage," quarterback Ricky Santos said about Ball's record-tying touchdown. "I knew right where it was going."
    Senior defensive end Corey Dix (Concord, N.H.) recovered a fumble at midfield late in the first quarter. It led to a touchdown run by junior wide receiver Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass), who rambled into the endzone for an 8-yard TD run to give UNH a 21-0 lead at 4:51 of the first quarter.
    The UNH defense forced its second turnover of the day when junior linebacker Muji Karim (Burlington, Vt. ) intercepted a pass late in the first quarter to give UNH the ball on its own 27-yard line.
    Ball closed to within one TD of the Rice career mark when he caught a 7-yard TD pass from Santos at 11:00 of the second quarter. UNH led by a 28-0 margin.
    Santos made a spectacular 24-yard throw to senior wide receiver Aaron Brown (Central Square, N.Y.) with 5:36 remaining in the third quarter. UNH capped off the fourth quarter scoring with a 33-yard run by sophomore runnning back Robert Simpson (Brockton, Mass.) at 14:53 and a three-yard run by sophomore quarterback Hank Hendricks (San Diego, Calif.) with 3:57 remaining in the contest.
    Sophomore free safety Ryan Hinds (Toronto, Ontario) sealed the win for the Wildcats with his first career interception with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter.
    Junior linebacker Husain Karim (Burlington, Vt.) and junior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) led the way for the ‘Cats on the defensive side of the ball making nine and eight tackles respectively.
    The Wildcat football team (3-0 overall) returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Delaware. Game time is 7 p.m. at Tubby Raymond Field in Newark, Del. The game will be broadcast live by Comcast (CN8).
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