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DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team was given the opportunity to play another day on Sunday night when the Wildcats were selected to compete in a first-round game vs. No. 1 ranked University of Northern Iowa in the NCAA Division I Football Championship on Saturday, Nov. 24. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. Central (7:35 Easterm Time) at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The 7-4 Wildcats and 11-0 Panthers are both familiar with each other and with playing in the FCS playoffs. UNH is the only team in Colonial Athletic Association history to advance to the Quarterfinals three consecutive years (2004-2006) and UNH is now in the playoffs for the fourth straight year. It was a great day for the CAA as the conference became the first to ever have five teams in the playoffs, with Massachusetts, Richmond, Delaware and James Madison all making the field of 16 teams along with UNH.
UNI and UNH met in the quarterfinals of the 2005 playoffs. UNI scored a 24-21 victory over the No. 1-ranked Wildcats in Durham, N.H., on Dec. 3, 2005. It marks the only meeting of the series between these two squads.
UNI is making its 13th appearance in the FCS playoffs. The Panthers have posted an overall mark of 15-12 in the playoffs. New Hampshire is making its sixth appearance and has an overall playoff record of 3-5. Last season UNH posted a victory over Hampton (41-38) in the first round and lost to Massachusetts in the quarterfinals (24-17). In 2005, the year UNH played UNI, the Wildcats defeated Colgate in Durham in the first round (55-21). In 2004, UNH won at Georgia Southern (27-23) and was defeated at Montana in the Quarterfinals (47-17). UNH also lost in the first round of the NCAAs to Appalachian State in the first round in 1994 (17-10 OT) and lost to Samford in the first round in 1991 (29-13).
Fans interested in purchasing tickets to the NCAA FCS first-round playoff game can call UNItix at 319-273-4TIX (4849). The game can be heard live on the UNH Sports Radio Network and television information will be released as soon as it becomes available.