UNH FOOTBALL MEDIA NOTES (MAINE 11/18)
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THIS WEEK'S GAME : 
It all comes down to one game at the University of Maine. UNH is now 7-3 overall and essentially has control of its own destiny when it comes to advancing to the playoffs. A victory over No. 22 Maine would put the No. 10 Wildcats at 8-3 and that would likely be good enough for the team to earn an at-large bid to the tournament.  A loss to Maine and the season most likely is over for UNH. Also at stake is the Brice-Cowell Musket, which is awarded annually to the winning team in the UNH/Maine series. The Wildcats have won it the last three years and Maine won it three straight times before that. This is yet another Atlantic 10 matchup for the Wildcats that pits a great defense (Maine's) against a great offense (UNH's). The Black Bears lead the nation in several defensive statistical stat categories and have not allowed more than 10 points scored since Maine lost at Div IA Boston College 22-0 on Sept. 30. UNH leads the A-10 in scoring  and recently posted a 63-21 victory at Rhode Island this past week, for its highest scoring output of the season since scoring 62 points in the Wildcat victory over Stony Brook (62-7).  Maine is prone to running the football and has been led in rushing all season by Arel Gordon, who is averaging 82.3 rushing yards per game and has scored five times on the ground. The Black Bears also have a strong quarterback in Ron Whitcomb (6 rushing TDs, 8 passing TDs).

DAVID BALL CHASING A LEGEND: JERRY RICE.  BALL TIES RICE IN 100 YD PERFORMANCES AND IS ALL-TIME NCAA LEADER IN TD CATCHES WITH 56: Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) could not be happier that he has broken the all-time TD reception record. He received the game ball after scoring on a 1 yard TD pass from junior quarterback Ricky Santos at 9:26 of the third quarter of the Richmond game to lead UNH to its first lead and the eventual victory, 27-17. He even had the opportunity to be interviewed by NFL Legend Jerry Rice, who completed his I-AA collegiate career at Mississippi Valley State where he grabbed 50 career TD passes. Ball has been featured in many national publications such as "Sports Ilustrated", "The New York Times", and "USA Today" among many others. He presently has 56 career touchdown catches and recently tied Jerry Rice's total for number of career games with at least one TD (27). The all-time NCAA record is 29 by Eric Kimble of Eastern Washington. He also is tied with Rice for the NCAA mark for 100 yard receiving performances with 23. after posting 112 yds at Rhode Island.

RICKY SANTOS AND DAVID BALL REMAIN ONTHE "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 during the week of Oct. 14 in continued recognition of their outstanding efforts this year. 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 , just five points behind first place for the closest margin ever, while Ball finished seventh overall in the voting. 

CONGRATULATIONS UNH SENIORS: The University of New Hampshire football team honored 16 seniors prior to the start of the Wildcats' final home game vs. Massachusetts. Here's a look at UNH's outstanding senior class:
WR David Ball
WR Aaron Brown
SS Christian Callison
DE Cory Dix
DB Corey Graham
P/WR Matt Henry
LB Muji Karim
FS Terrell Lewis
WR Evan Loring
TE Sean Lynch
DB Will Morey
OL Tucker Peterson
DL Brendan St. Peter
SS A.J. Snook
DL Dan Wagner
OL Will Yarborough
   
THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS. MAINE:  This has been a highly-contested series between these two long-time rivals, as UNH leads the series by a 44-43-8 margin.  The series began back in 1903 and Maine won that initial meeting by a 10-0 score. The Wildcats have won the last three meetings with victories in 2003 (47-27), 2004 (50-36) and last season (59-47). Maine had won the previous three meetings in 2000 (55-10), 2001 (57-24) and in 2002 (31-14). At stake in this game is ownership of the Brice-Cowell Musket, which is awarded annually to the winner of the UNH/Maine game. It is named after William Cowell, former head coach at UNH from 1915 until 1936 and Fred Brice, head coach at Maine from 1921 until 1940. The musket is a flintlock rilfe made by Ebeneezer Nutting of Falmouth,  Maine. This tradition began in the late 1940s.

SANTOS AND KACKERT RECEIVE ATLANTIC 10 HONORS FOR STRONG EFFORTS IN 63-21 VICTORY OVER URI: Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and redshirt freshman running back Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) were both honored on Sunday by the Atlantic 10 Football Conference for their outstanding efforts in UNH’s victory at Rhode Island on Nov. 11.  Santos was named Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season and the 10th time in his career after accounting for five touchdowns in the contest, three on the ground and two through the air. He ran for 4, 8 and 2 yard TDs and passed for a pair of TDs to junior wide receiver Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.) of 18 and 13 yards. Santos completed 23-of-32 passes for 271 yards and carried the football 12 times for 40 yards as well. Santos now has 93 career touchdown passes in 36 games played. Kackert, who has emerged as UNH’s top rusher this season with 441 yards and three TDs, was named that Atlantic 10’s Rookie of the Week after compiling a career-high 228 all-purpose yards and scoring a touchdown in UNH’s key victory at Rhode Island. He recorded six carries for a team-high 82 yards, including a 4 yard scoring run. He also returned four kickoffs for 106 yards and had a reception for 40 yards. Two of his best runs set up TD runs for junior running back Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.).

UNH IN THE ZONE IN THE RED ZONE:  The UNH offense continues to be outstanding when it comes to scoring from inside the red zone. UNH is now 43-51 in 10 games played. Here's a look at what the UNH offense has done from inside the red zone game-by game.

1. at Northwestern (5-5)
2. Stony Brook (7-7)
3. at Dartmouth (5-5)
4. at Delaware (4-4)
5. Richmond (3-4)
6. James Madison (4-4)
7. at Northeastern (2-6)
8. Hofstra (1-2)
9. Massachusetts (3-4)
10. at Rhode Island (9-10)

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 has been ranked among the top five offenses all season in I-AA. The Wildcats have topped the 500 yard mark four times this season and have been over 400 five times.

1. at Northwestern    329 yds    5 TDs
2. Stony Brook    598 yds    9 TDs
3. at Dartmouth     564 yds    8 TDs
4 at Delaware    516 yds    7 TDs
5. Richmond    272 yds    3 TDs
6. James Madison    361 yds    3 TDs
7. atNortheastern    562 yds    5 TDs
8. Hofstra (high winds, rain)    140 yds    1 TD
9. Massachusetts    441 yds    2 TDs
10. at Rhode Island    476 yds    9TDs
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