FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. MAINE (11/17/07)
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UNH FOOTBALL TEAM TO CELEBRATE SENIOR DAY AND BATTLE RIVAL MAINE FOR BRICE-COWELL MUSKET: The UNH football team will be honoring its seniors on Nov. 17 and is preparing to renew one of its most important rivalries when the Wildcats and Maine battle for the Brice Cowell Musket. UNH has lost two games in a row to Northeastern (31-13) and Massachusetts (27-7), but Maine has made an upswing after a 1-6 start, winning three straight over Northeastern (20-14), Towson (16-13) and most recently a shutout over Rhode Island (35-0). UNH has seen its playoff hopes fade, but the team always is up for a game vs. the Black Bears. The Brice-Cowell Musket is a special award that given to the winning team in this New England rivalry game each season. The award is named after two former coaches, Fred Brice of Maine and William Cowell of UNH. The tradition began in the late 1940s. The musket is a flintlock rifle made by Ebenezer Nutting of Falmouth, Maine between 1722 and 1745. The George I period flintlock a 43 inch barrel and is rifled to a .65 caliber. Maine features a stout defense as usual that is not giving up much for points and now the offense has come around and is led by running back Jhamal Fluellen with 1,021 yards and five TDs, while he averages 102.1 yards per contest. Look for Maine to utilize wide receiver Landis Williams as well with five TDs on the season.

SANTOS MOVES UP TO FOURTH ON THE NCAA ALL-TIME CAREER  TD PASSING LIST AND IS FOURTH ALL-TIME IN NCAA PASSING YARDAGE: Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) became the CAA's all-time TD passing leader on Sept. 8 after throwing for a pair of TDs against James Madison.. The previous mark was 99 set by Villanova's Chris Boden. Santos now has 117 passing TDs heading into the game vs. Maine,  which places him fourth on the NCAA FCS all-time list. He now needs only two more TD passes to tie Alcorn State's Steve McNair for third place on the list and three TD passes to take over the third spot. In passing yardage, Santos is ranked fourth among the NCAA all-time leaders with 12,606 passing yards in his amazing career. Santos was named the pre-season CAA Player of the Year and last year was named the 2006 winner of the Walter Payton Award as the top player in FCS football. He missed winning the honor in 2005 by just five points and is one of 16 top candidates for the honor this year. He could become the only player ever to win the honor twice in their college career.

UNH FOOTBALL RANKED IN THE SPORTS NETWORK FCS TOP 25 POLL:
1. Northern Iowa Panthers (70)     10-0     2,474     1
2. North Dakota State Bison (23)     10-0     2,291     2
3. Montana Grizzlies (10)         10-0     2,269     3
4. McNeese State Cowboys (3)     10-0     2,260     4
5. Southern Illinois Salukis         9-1     2,084     5
6. Appalachian State Mountaineers     8-2     1,982     7
7. Richmond Spiders         8-2     1,845     9
8. Massachusetts Minutemen     8-2     1,841     8
9. Delaware Blue Hens         8-2     1,591     6
10. Delaware State Hornets         9-1     1,538     10
11. Yale Bulldogs             9-0     1,417     12
12. Eastern Kentucky Colonels     8-2     1,408     13
13. Wofford Terriers             8-3    1,366     15
14. James Madison Dukes         7-3     1,253     16
15. Eastern Washington Eagles     7-3     942     20
16. Georgia Southern Eagles         7-3     892     11
17. Youngstown State Penguins     7-4     742     21
18. Fordham Rams             8-2     672     22
19. Grambling State Tigers         8-2     653     17
20. New Hampshire Wildcats         6-4     568     14
21. Eastern Illinois Panthers         7-3     539     25
22. Hofstra Pride             7-3     380     18
23. Alabama A&M Bulldogs         8-2     307    NR
24. Elon Phoenix             6-4     223     19
25. Cal Poly Mustangs         6-4     188     24

Others receiving votes: Harvard 158, South Dakota State 140, Norfolk State 138, Dayton 124, The Citadel 97, Villanova 68, San Diego 63, Western Illinois 59, Liberty 53, Nicholls State 42, Colgate 36, Central Arkansas 30, Furman 23, Hampton 12, South Carolina State 11, Southern 9, Montana State 6, Sam Houston State 5, Albany 4, Prairie View 4, Missouri State 1.

THE SERIES VS. MAINE :  The series between these two long-time New England rivals now stands at 45-43-8 in favor of the Wildcats, who have won the last four meetings between these two CAA schools. Last season UNH won in OT to propel the Wildcats into the NCAA playoffs with a 19-13 win in Orono. UNH also won the last game in Durham, a 59-47 high-scoring battle. Maine has not won in Durham since the 2001 campaign when the Black Bears posted an impressive 57-24 victory.  The all-time series began back in 1903 and Maine won that initial meeting in New Hampshire, 10-0. and went on to win eight straight for the longest winning streak of the series.

UNH'S TOP CANDIDATES FOR ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: The Wildcats have several top candidates for CAA all-conference honors this season, starting with QB Ricky Santos. Here's a look at UNH's other top candidates: DL Marvin Wright, P Tom Bishop, WR Keith LeVan, OL Nick Couturier, DB John Clements, FS Jeff Pammer, LB Husain Karim and TE Scott Sicko.

UNH FOOTBALL FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK ENDED: The UNH football team had won four straight games before losing to Northeastern on Nov. 3.  The winning streak started  on Oct. 6 with a victory over Delaware (35-30) through this the hard-fought win over Rhode Island (49-35).  During that successful stretch, the Wildcats also defeated Iona (40-21) and previously undefeated Hofstra (40-3).  UNH is now in the midst of a two-game losing streak heading into the final regulars season contest vs. Maine.

SENIOR FREE SAFETY JEFF PAMMER RECORDS BIG TACKLES OVER THE LAST THREE WEEKS FOR 'CATS:  Senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) has been making a strong bid for All-America honors once again in 2007. Over the last two weeks, Pammer has recorded 49 total tackles, including a season-high 21 total tackles vs. Northeastern.

QB RICKY SANTOS PROBABLE DESPITE SHOULDER INJURY:  Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of the Delaware game on Oct. 6, and missed the rest of the contest. He also sat out the Iona game on Oct. 13. He returned to action on Oct. 20 at Hofstra for three quarters and played the entire game vs. Rhode Island on Nov. 27. He is once again probable to play this week.

UNH DEFENSE HAS FIVE PLAYERS RECORD DOUBLE-DIGIT TACKLES VS. RHODE ISLAND AND EIGHT VS. NORTHEASTERN:  The UNH defense was kept busy vs. Rhode Island on Oct. 27 as five defensive players posted double-digit tackles in the contest. Leading the was was senior linebacker Husain Karim with a career-high 21 tackles, followed with a career-high 16 by senior defensive lineman Marvin Wright, a career-high 16 by redshirt freshman strong safety Hugo Souza, 14 by senior free safety Jeff Pammer and 13 by junior linebacker Matt Parent. Against Northeastern Pammer led the way with 21, followed by Karim (19), Wright (13), John Clements (13), Parent (12), Souza (12), Terrence Klein (12) and Matt  Perdoni (10).

UNH PUNTER TOM BISHOP AVERAGES 42.7 YARDS PER PUNT VS. RHODE ISLAND AS HIS SEASON AVERAGE NEARS 40 YARDS PER PUNT: Junior punter Tom Bishop averaged 42.7 yards per punt in UNH's victory over Rhode Island. On the afternoon, he punted three times for 128 yards with a long of 44 yards. For the season he is averaging 38.4 yards per punt and has punted 39 times for 1,496 yards.


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