NCAA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. NORTHERN IOWA (11/24/07)
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UNH FOOTBALL PREPARES FOR NORTHERN IOWA AND FOURTH STRAIGHT APPEARANCE IN NCAA FCS PLAYOFFS: 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).

SANTOS MOVES UP TO THIRD ON THE NCAA ALL-TIME CAREER  TD PASSING LIST AND THIRD 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 121 passing TDs heading into the game at Northern Iowa,  which places him third on the NCAA FCS all-time list. He passed legendary Steve McNair of Alcorn State last week vs. Maine. In passing yardage, Santos is ranked third among the NCAA all-time leaders with 12,931 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.

RICKY SANTOS EARNS THIRD CAA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR FOLLOWING KEY FINAL REGULAR SEASON VICTORY OVER MAINE (39-14):  Senior quarterback Ricky Santos, the second of two CAA Football Offensive Players of the Week, helped the 20th-ranked Wildcats end their regular season with a 39-14 win at home against Maine that propelled the team into the NCAA Division I Championships.  The Bellingham, Mass., native connected on 25-of-32 pass attempts for 355 yards and four touchdowns.  The now-three time weekly eague honoree had touchdown completions of 58, 18, 49 and 15 yards on the day, and ended the regular season with a completion percentage of 73 percent.

EIGHT UNH FOOTBALL PLAYERS NAMED TO CAA ALL-CONFERENCE SQUAD: Eight members of the UNH football team were named CAA All-Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Here is a look at the players honored.

CAA Co-Player Of The Year
QB Ricky Santos

First Team All-Conference (Offense)
QB     Ricky Santos
WR     Keith LeVan
OL     Nick Couturier

First Team (Defense)
FS    Jeff Pammer

Second Team (Defense)
LB    Husain Karim
P    Tom Bishop

Third Team (Offense)
TE    Scott Sicko

Third Team (Defense)
DL    Marvin Wright

UNH MAKES PLAYOFFS FOLLOWING HUGE CAA VICTORY OVER MAINE, 39-14: Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) moved into third place on a pair of NCAA record lists in his last regular season game to help lead the University of New Hampshire football team to a 39-14 win over the University of Maine on Saturday at Cowell Stadium in the team’s final regular-season tilt. The win improves the Wildcats’ record to 7-4, including 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Conference, while Maine drops to 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the conference. Santos submitted another big game as a Wildcat, completing 25-of-32 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns. His 12,961 yards move him past Willie Totten and into third place on the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision’s all-time career passing yards list. Totten, who finished his career with 12,711 yards, was Jerry Rice’s quarterback at Mississippi Valley State. The Wildcat co-captain also moved into third place on the NCAA FCS’ all-time career passing touchdowns list when the ‘Cats used a bit of trickery to land Santos his third touchdown pass of the afternoon. A reverse flee flicker, beginning with senior wide receiver Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.) and freshman wide receiver J.T. Wright (Agoura Hills, Calif.), and ending when Santos hit junior wide out Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) with a 49-yard strike with 8:39 remaining in the third quarter, gave Santos his 120th career TD pass that eclipsed the 119 of Steve McNair.  LeVan also moved up a record list of his own. His six grabs on the day give him 196 for his career, and moved him from fourth to second place on UNH’s all-time career receptions list. David Ball, who broke Jerry Rice’s NCAA FCS all-time records for touchdown passes and 100-yard receiving games last season, is first on the list. Santos connected with Boyle on his first two TD passes of the game, a 58-yard bomb in the first quarter that put the ‘Cats up 10-0, and a 10-yarder that maintained their 10-point edge. Boyle finished with seven catches for 170 yards and the three touchdowns. A UNH safety off a blocked punt by junior defensive back John Clements (Hammonton, N.J.) increased the Wildcat lead to 12. After freshman wide receiver Terrance Fox (Piscataway. N.J.) returned the ensuing kick 47 yards to the Maine 6-yard line, sophomore running back Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) took the ball into the end zone for an 8-yard score to put the Wildcats on top 26-7. After Santos’ record-breaking toss blew the game open, he hooked up with sophomore tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) for his fourth touchdown pass of the game, to give the Wildcats a 39-7 lead just 16 seconds into the fourth quarter. Jhamal Fluellen equaled Maine’s longest pass play from scrimmage in school history when he caught a pass, found a hole and raced 84 yards up the left sideline untouched to bring the Black Bears within three (10-7), 4:13 into the second quarter.

COACH MAC POSTS 60TH CAREER WIN: Ninth-year head coach Sean McDonnell now owns a 60-46-0 record as the head coach at the University of New Hampshire. He earned his 50th career victory following his team's hard-fought victtory over Hofstra on Oct. 28, 2006, 10-6. He was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of  the Year in 2005 as selected by "The Sports Network".  In the previous four seasons, McDonnell and his team has posted an impressive overall mark of 37-13 and the team is 22-11 vs.  CAA opponents. McDonnell was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2004 and was named District I Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) after leading UNH to its best season ever in the history of the program. The Wildcats also finished first in the North Division of the Atlantic 10 Football Conference and won their first-ever NCAA I-AA tournament game with a victory at Georgia Southern. McDonnell has led his squad to the NCAA I-AA Quarterfinals three straight times 2004-2006.

THE LAST MEETING VS. NORTHERN IOWA :  Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) amassed 458 yards of total offense with 345 passing yards, 106 rushing yards and seven receiving yards, but the No. 1 ranked and top-seeded University of New Hampshire football team was defeated 24-21 by No. 7 University of Northern Iowa in an NCAA I-AA quarterfinal game at Cowell Stadium. UNH, which entered the game with a seven-game winning streak, ended the 2005 season at 11-2 to mark the highest single-season win total in the program’s history.  Trailing 24-21, New Hampshire took possession at the UNH 30 with nine seconds remaining in the game and ended the game with a play that spanned almost the entire field. Santos completed a pass to Jonathan Williams (Rochester, N.Y.) near the left sideline at the 37-yard line. He immediately flipped the ball back to Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.), who in turn handed back to Santos. From the 36, Santos threw a lateral across the field to John McCoy (Groton, Conn.) and he handed off to David Ball (Orange, Vt.). Ball eluded a couple of would-be tacklers to advance down the right sideline, but Curtis Cooper made the tackle at the UNI 20 to end the game. “Turnovers and fourth down conversions were the key to the game today,” UNH head coach Sean McDonnell. “Northern Iowa did a great job of stripping the ball and being there to get the ball. You can’t lose the turnover battle. Third and fourth down conversions hurt us, especially the fourth downs.” McCoy finished with a career-high 157 rushing yards on 26 carries as UNH compiled 286 rushing yards for a total of 631 yards of offense. Ball was the game’s leading receiver with 10 catches for 188 yards and three touchdowns. Santos completed 27 of 42 pass attempts with three touchdowns, all to Ball. UNI built a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter behind the ground game of David Horne (28 rushes-144 yards). He gave the Panthers a 7-0 first-quarter lead with a 40-yard run at 10:14, then extended the visitor’s advantage to 14-0 on a 32-yard TD reception at 9:36 of the second quarter. Following a blocked punt by the Panthers’ Chris Parsons that resulted in a 5-yard net and gave UNI possession at the UNH 40, Terrance Freeney’s 1-yard rush put UNI ahead 21-0 at 7:03.

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 DEFENSE RECORDS SEVEN TACKLES FOR A LOSS AND FOUR SACKS IN WIN OVER MAINE:  The UNH defense put good pressure in the Maine offensive backfield on Saturday, posting seven tackles for a loss and four sacks on the day. Leading the way was senior lineback Husain Karim with 1.5 sacks and a team-high 10 tackles. Also recording sacks were senior DL Marvin Wright, sophomore DL Kevin Peters, junior lineback Matt Parent, and senior DL Matt Perdoni.

SENIOR FREE SAFETY JEFF PAMMER AVERAGING 14.75 TACKLES PER GAME IN LAST FOUR OUTINGS: Senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) has been making a strong bid for All-America honors once again in 2007. Over the last four weeks, Pammer has recorded 59 total tackles, including a season-high 21 total tackles vs. Northeastern. That gives him an amazing average output of 14.75 tackles per contest.

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 continues to play in pain and is probable for the game vs. Northern Iowa.

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 AVERAGING 39.6 YARDS PER PUNT IN 2007 AND A STRONG CANDIDATE FOR ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS:Junior punter Tom Bishop averaged 42.7 yards per punt in UNH's victory over Rhode Island and averaged 55.7 yards per punt in UNH's win over Maine.  He is one of the CAA's top punters this season with an impressive average of nearly 40 yards per punt (39.6). He has punted 42 times in 2007 for 1,663 yards and he booted his long punt of the season vs. Maine, an amazing 77-yarder (with the wind).

UNH DEFENSE GETS THE JOB DONE VS. HOFSTRA:  The UNH defense not only held the 10th-ranked team in the nation to just three points on Oct. 20, but also came up with four turnovers in the game, which included three interceptions and a fumble recovery.. Coming up with interceptions were senior free safety Jeff Pammer, who returned his 66 yards for a TD, junior linebacker Matt Parent and sophomore defensive lineman T.J. Taylor.

RICKY SANTOS EARNS SECOND CAA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR FOR EFFORTS AT NO. 10 HOFSTRA:
Senior quarterback Ricky Santos earned his second CAA Offensive Player of the Week Award on Monday for his oustanding efforts in UNH's 40-3 victory at No. 10 Hofstra on Oct. 20. Santos, who returned after suffering a shoulder injury in the Wildcats' win over Delaware two weeks ago, garnered CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week honors.  The Bellingham, Mass., native was responsible for five (four passes, one rush) of New Hampshire's six touchdowns in a 40-3 road-win over No. 10 Hofstra.  The senior, who played until midway through the third quarter, had touchdown tosses of 31, 26, 1 and 47 and piled up a total of 262 yards in the air on 19-of-23 attempts.  Santos, who also garnered league offensive honors Sept. 17, finished the game with negative rushing yards, but did cross the goalline once on a one-yard plunge.  Santos remains on the Payton Award Watch List and has been responsible for a total of 20 touchdowns this season, including 12 passing.  He is averaging 282.3 yards of total offense per game which ranks fourth among the CAA leaders.

QB R.J. TOMAN NAMED CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK FOR EFFORTS IN WIN OVER DELAWARE, OCT. 6:  Redshirt freshman quarterback R.J. Toman didn't miss a beat as he led UNH to an impressive 35-30 win over No. 11 Delaware on Oct. 6. Toman,
stepping in for Walter Payton Award winner Ricky Santos, completed 5-of-9 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns en route to his winning his first-ever CAA Rookie of the Week honor.  After Santos left the game in the second quarter with a right-shoulder injury, Toman continued what was already a 57-yard drive and turned it into a 77-yard scoring drive.  The redshirt freshman completed a 21-yard pass to Delaware's one-yard line on the seventh play of the drive, which allowed the Wildcats to plunge into the endzone for a 14-3 lead.  The Mission Viejo, Calif., native later completed touchdown passes of 28 and 36 yards to Keith LeVan, and finished the game with seven rushes for 47 yards -- just four yards shy of Santos' team-high 51 yards on eight carries in the game.

UNH FOOTBALL GETS OFF TO FAST STARTS IN 2007:  The UNH football team has been prone to very fast starts in the first quarter and has been the first team to score in nine of its 11 games this season thus far. UNH is also outscoring its opponents by an 80-40 margin in the first quarter this season.

UNH IN THE ZONE IN THE RED ZONE:  So far this season the Wildcats have scored on 39 of 46 scoring chances inside the red zone. The UNH offense was also outstanding last season when it came to scoring from inside the red zone. UNH was 52-63 in 13 games played last season. Here's a look at what the UNH offense has done from inside the Red Zone this season.

2007 Season
1. at James Madison (3-4)
2. at Marshall (5-5)
3. Dartmouth (6-6)
4. at Richmond (5-5)
5. Delaware (2-3)
6. Iona (6-7)
7. Hofstra (2-2)
8. Rhode Island (4-4)
9. Northeastern (0-1)
10. UMass (1-5)
11. Maine (4-4

UNH FOOTBALL HAS THE LONGEST STREAK OF WEEKLY APPEARANCES IN THE TOP 25 AMONG ALL CAA TEAMS: The Wildcats lead the entire CAA in the number of consecutive appearances in the Sports Network Top 25 with 53, including five straight weekly appearances at No. 1 in 2006. UNH has been in the top 25 dating all the way back to Sept. 6, 2004.
1. New Hampshire (53)
2. Massachusetts (40)

SENIOR WR KEITH LEVAN MOVING UP UNH'S ALL-TIME CAREER RECEIVING LISTS: Senior Keith LeVan has been a steady performer for UNH at wide receiver and his hard work is making him one of the top receivers ever in UNH's history. He recently moved up to sixth in receiving yards and is nearing the fifth place total of 2,612 recorded by Chris Braune (1986-89).  Levan is also ranked second at UNH in career receptions with 196. He passed present Associate Head Coach John Perry (1989-92) on Nov. 17 with his six catches vs. Maine.

Most Receiving Yards?Career
1.     David Ball (2003-06)            4,655
2.    David Gamble (1990-93)            3,072
3.    Curtis Olds (1985-88)            3,028
4.    John Perry (1989-92)            2,873
5.    Chris Braune (1986-89)            2,612   
6.    Keith LeVan (2004-)            2,178 
7.    Calvin Jones (1993-1996)            1,913
8.    Michael Taylor (1999-2002)            1,893
9.    Mike Gallagher (1989-92)            1,784
10.    J. Washington   (1996-99)            1,702
11.    Stephan Lewis (1999-2002)            1,602
   
Most Receptions?Career
1.     David Ball (2003-06)            304
2.     Keith LeVan (2004-)            196
3.    Curtis Olds (1985-88)            193
4.    John Perry (1989-92)            191
5.    David Gamble (1990-93)            182
6.    Stephan Lewis (1999-2002)            164
7.    Calvin Jones (1993-96)            158
8.    Chris Braune (1986-89)            155
9.    Mike Gallagher (1989-92)            150
10.    John Williams (2001-2005)            140

RICKY SANTOS MOVES UP TO FOURTH IN PASSING YARDAGE AMONG ALL TIME NCAA FCS LEADERS: Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) has now compiled 12,961 career passing yards and moved into third this week on the all-time NCAA FCS list for career passing yards. .

1. Steve McNair (Alcorn State)        14,956
2. Bruce Eugene (Grambling)            13,513
3. Ricky Santos (New Hampshire)        12,961
4. Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State)    12,711
5. Marcus Brady (Cal State Northridge)        12,479
6. Jamie Martin (Weber State)        12,207
7. Robert Kent (Jackson State)        11,784
8. Neil Lomax (Portland State)        11,550
   
SANTOS PASSES STEVE MCNAIR ON THE ALL-TIME NCAA FCS PASSING TD LIST: UNH senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass. ) now has 121 career touchdown passes, which places him third on the all-time NCAA FCS listing. He passed legendary QB Steve McNair on Nov. 17 with his four TD passes vs. Maine.
 
1. Bruce Eugene (Grambling)            140
2. Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State)    139
3. Ricky Santos (New Hampshire)        121
4. Steve McNair (Alcorn State)        119
5. Marcus Brady (Cal State Northridge)        109
6. Robert Kent (Jackson State)        104

UNH HAS THREE RECEIVERS RANKED IN THE NCAA FCS TOP 100 The University of New Hampshire receiving corps has been strong this season and features three players among the top 100 receivers in the FCS.

NCAA Reception Rankings for FCS
Keith LeVan        18thT        6.00
Mike Boyle        86th T        4.18        Scott Sicko        86th T        4.18

NCAA Receiving Yards Rankings for FCS
Keith LeVan         42nd        71.55
Mike Boyle        46th        70.18       
UNH FOOTBALL RANKED HIGH AMONG THE FCS NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS IN SEVERAL AREAS:
Team
Passing Offense        12th        (279.64 ypg.)
Total Offense        27th        (410.64 ypg.)
Scoring Offense        17th        (35.82 ppg.)
Kickoff Returns        11th        (23.63 ypg.)
Passing Efficiency        6th        (168.38)

FREE SAFETY JEFF PAMMER RANKS THIRD ON UNH'S ALL-TIME CAREER TACKLES LIST: Senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) has been named an All-American, all-conference and earned numerous other awards and honors as one of the Wildcats' top defensive players over the past four seasons. Consistently among the team's tackle leaders, he now has 348 career tackles in four seasons at UNH (156-192-348), placing  him into second on UNH's all-time tackles listing.

Most Tackles?Career (since 1981)
1.    Steve Doig (1978-81)    434
2.     Jeff Pammer (2004-)    348
3.     Aaron Thomas (2000-04)    343
4.    Chris McGrath (1987-91)    322
5.     Romande Carter (1993-96)    297
6.    Brett Bashaw (1996-2000)    297
7.    Neal Zonfrelli (1982-85)    286
8.    Scott Curtis (1984-87)    278
9.    Czar Wiley (1999-2002)    273
10.    Brian O?Neill (1982-85)    262

SCOTT SICKO A STRONG CANDIDATE FOR  POST-SEASON HONORS AT TIGHT END:  UNH has had a strong tradition of bringing in talented tight ends and sophomore Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) is no exception.  the sophomore is second on the Wildcat squad in receptions with 42 for 523 yards and three TDs.

JMU        7 catches for 81 yds.
Marshall        6 catches for 78 yds.
Dartmouth    7 catches for 64 yds.
Richmond    3 catches for 39 yds.
Delaware        1 catch for 21 yds.
Iona        3 catches for 36 yds
Hofstra        5 catches for 79 yds, 1 TD
Rhode Island    4 catches for 56 yds, 2 TDs
Northeastern    3 catches for 29 yds
UMass        2 catches for 21 yds
Maine        4 catches for 43 yds

THE UNH OFFENSE IS AVERAGING 410.6.0 YARDS PER GAME IN 2007: The UNH offense continued its practice of posting big numbers in 2007. The Wildcats produced an eye-popping 432 net yards in the loss at James Madison.Against FBS Marshall, the 'Cats topped that total with 506 total yards. In the win over Dartmouth the 'Cats compiled 473 yards of total offense, it was 367 vs. a strong Richmond defense and the Wildcats posted 413 against Delaware, 377 vs. Hofstra. and 529 vs. Rhode Island. Last season UNH averaged 401.1 yards per contest.

UNH WHEN STATISTICS: Here is how the UNH football team has done when:
at home:                5-1
on the road:            2-2
on grass:                0-1
on turf:                7-3
in day games:            7-4
at night:                0-0
leading at the half:            6-1
tied at the half:            0-0
trailing at the half:            1-3
leading after three quarters:        7-1
behind after three quarters:        0-3
tied after three quarters        0-0
UNH scores first:            7-2
Opponent scores first:        1-2
UNH on television            3-3

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