NO. 8 UNH FOOTBALL FALLS TO NORTHEASTERN, 31-13
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    DURHAM, N.H. –
Maurice Murray carried the ball 55 times for 206 yards and three touchdowns to spearhead the Northeastern University football team to Saturday afternoon’s 31-13 upset victory against eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire in strong winds and steady rain at Cowell Stadium.
    UNH, which entered the game with a four-game winning streak and unbeaten at home (4-0) this season, is now 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the CAA. Northeastern ended its five-game losing streak to improve to 2-7, 1-5.
    The Huskies ran the ball a total of 78 times for 293 yards and that helped the visitors accrue 48 minutes, 13 seconds in time of possession. They had scoring drives of 5:55, 7:59, 8:58, 6:27 and 6:55.
NU quarterback Anthony Orio was nearly perfect on the day as he completed 11 of 12 pass attempts for 153 yards and one touchdown. He also carried the ball nine times for 38 yards, which ranked third on the team behind Murray and Alex Broomfield (11 rushes, 41 yards).
    UNH, which entered the game averaging 440.6 yards per game and 41.9 points per game, was held to 270 yards of offense. Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) completed 20 of 31 passes for 196 yards and one TD; he was also intercepted twice. Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) was the Wildcats’ leading rusher with 38 yards on eight carries.
    On the opening possession, NU marched 65 yards in 11 plays and Murray capped the drive with a three-yard run up the middle and Mat Johnson’s ensuing PAT gave the Huskies at 7-0 lead at 9:05.
    UNH’s offense was then forced to punt after four plays and Northeastern drove nearly the length of the field – 90 yards – to extend its lead to 14-0 at 14:54 of the second quarter. Murray carried the ball on 10 of the 16 plays, including a 1-yard leap over the right side of the line for the score.
    New Hampshire advanced the ball down to the NU 7-yard line but the Wildcats, who had scored on 33 of 36 red-zone possessions this season, turned the ball over on downs on an incomplete pass on 4th-and-2.
    The Huskies then took a 21-0 lead on an 18-play, 93-yard drive that culminated on a 3-yard pass play from Orio to Broomfield in which the receiver went in motion from left to right and cut slightly towards the right pylon for the TD.
    The Wildcats’ offense found its rhythm and drove 72 yards on eight plays to pull within 21-7 with 59 seconds remaining in the first half. Santos went 5-for-5 on the drive for 58 yards and that included a 22-yard TD pass to Kackert, who caught the ball in the right flat and scampered untouched towards the near pylon.
    Following a scoreless third quarter that featured a UNH turnover and a Huskies’ missed field goal, NU extended its advantage to 24-7 at 11:40 of the fourth quarter when Johnson made a 22-yard field goal attempt. That scoring drive of 13 plays, 71 yards was kept alive when Orio completed a 27-yard pass to Tony Lott (three receptions, 56 yards) down the left sideline on 4th-and-3 at the UNH 32.
    On just the second play of the next Wildcats’ drive, David Akinniyi intercepted the ball to give Northeastern 1st-and-10 on the UNH 49. That turnover led to an 11-play drive that culminated in Murray’s third touchdown of the game, a four-yard run up the middle at 4:18.
    New Hampshire responded with an 11-play, 69-yard drive in 1:35 to trim its deficit to 31-13 at 2:39. Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.) capped the drive with a one-yard end-around run to the left side.
    Santos ascended to No. 5 – past Jamie Martin (12,207 yards) – on the NCAA FCS record book for career passing. He now has 12,385 passing yards.
    Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) recorded a total of 21 tackles to climb to No. 3 on UNH’s career leaderboard with 326. He passed Chris McGrath (1987-91), who tallied 322 career tackles.
    UNH had scored first in seven of its first eight games of the season and had outscored the opposition 80-23 in the first quarter. NU struck first Saturday and led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
    New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 10 (12 p.m.) at the University of Massachusetts. The Wildcats’ next home game is the Nov. 17 regular-season finale vs. the University of Maine. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling 866-WILDCAT. Video for the game will be available online at UNHwildcats.tv.
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