FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. NORTHEASTERN (11/3/07)
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WILDCATS RIDING A FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK INTO KEY CAA NORTH RIVALRY GAME VS. NORTHEASTERN:
Saturday marks the annual meeting between Cats and Dogs as the Wildcats look to continue their four-game winning streak and Northeastern is in search of its first CAA victory after losing five straight. But, as was the case with Rhode Island, NU has lost some close ones and is a very physical team. The Huskies defeated Northwestern State (42-14) and lost close games vs. Maine last week (20-14), at Delaware (30-20) and at home vs. James Madison (21-14). UNH is presently ranked third in the nation in scoring offense with an average of 41.88 ppg., while the Huskies are averaging 15.1 ppg. Leading the visitor offense has been outstanding running back Maurice Murray, who is on pace to become NU's top running back. He leads the team with an average of 110.8 rushing yards per game and he has rushed for seven TDs., after carrying the football 192 times for 886 yards this season. Ricky Santos has been on fire recently since returning from his shoulder injury. In the last two games, he has thrown for nine TDs and rushed for two, utilzing eight different key skill players in the process. UNH is looking to avenge last year's 36-35 OT loss at Parsons Field against a NU team that won it on the final play of the game. Santos send the game into OT with one second left on a TD pass to David Ball.

SANTOS MOVES UP TO FOURTH ON THE NCAA ALL-TIME CAREER  TD PASSING LIST AND IS SIXTH 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 116 passing TDs heading into the game vs. Northeastern,  which places him fourth on the NCAA FCS all-time list. He now needs only three more TD passes to tie Alcorn State's Steve McNair for third place on the list and four to take over the third spot. In passing yardage, Santos is ranked sixth among the NCAA all-time leaders with 12,189 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 RIDING FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK: The UNH football team has won four straight games starting on Oct. 6 with a victory over Delaware (35-30) through this past weekend's win over Rhode Island (49-35).  During that successful stretch the Wildcats also defeated Iona (40-21) and Hofstra (40-3). UNH has also won six of its last seven contests, the only loss vs. Richmond came down to an incomplete UNH pass into the end zone and the Spiders held on to win (45-38) in Virginia.

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 against Northeastern on Nov. 3.

UNH DEFENSE HAS FIVE PLAYERS RECORD DOUBLE-DIGIT TACKLES VS. RHODE ISLAND:  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.

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 39.2 yards per punt and has punted 31 times for 1,216 yards.

THE SERIES VS. NORTHEASTERN :  UNH leads this series by a 39-13-1 margin and the first-ever meeting between these two New England rivals dates back to 10/7/39 and the Wildcats won that initial meeting, 15-6. NU won the most recent meeting last year in Brookline, 36-35 in OT. UNH has enjoyed some successful streaks during the series, but it has been evenly matched recently. Over the last five seasons, UNH has a slight upperhand with three victories to NU's two The last time the two teams met in Durham, UNH won by a 52-21 margin in 2005. The last time the Huskies won in Durham was back in 2002, 49-17.

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 thr 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.

COACH MAC A WINNING SUCCCESS STORY: Ninth-year head coach Sean McDonnell now owns a 59-43-0 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, 10-6. He was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of  the Year in 2005 as selected by "The Sports Network".  In the previsous four seasons, McDonnell and his team has posted an impressive overall mark of 36-11 and the team is 21-9 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.

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 seven of its eight  games this season thus far. UNH is also outscoring its opponents by an 80-23 margin in the first quarter this season.

UNH IN THE ZONE IN THE RED ZONE:  So far this season the Wildcats have scored on 33 of 36 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)

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 50, 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 (50)
2. Massachusetts (37)

UNH FOOTBALL BOASTS A 36-11 RECORD OVER THE PAST FOUR SEASONS: The UNH Wildcats have enjoyed impressive success over the past four seasons, posting an impressive record of 36-11 during that timespan under head coach Sean McDonnell.

SENIOR WR KEITH LEVAN TOPS 2,000 CAREER RECEIVING YARDS: Senior wide receiver Keith LeVan has been a steady performer for UNH at wide receiver and his hard work is making him one of the top five best receivers ever in UNH's history. He recently moved up from eighth 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 fifth at UNH in career receptions iwth 177. He needs just six more catches to move into foruth and pass David Gamble's mark of 182 recorded from 1990-93.

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-)            2,015 
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.    Curtis Olds (1985-88)            193
3.    John Perry (1989-92)            191
4.    David Gamble (1990-93)            182
5.     Keith LeVan (2004-)            177
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 SXITH IN PASSING YARDAGE AMONG ALL TIME NCAA FCS LEADERS: Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) has now compiled 12,189 career passing yards and moved into sixth this week on the all-time NCAA FCS list for career passing yards. The top passer in UNH history in that category, Santos needs just 19 more yards to pass Jamie Martin of Weber State, who finished his career iwth 12,207 passing yards.

1. Steve McNair (Alcorn State)        14,956
2. Bruce Eugene (Grambling)            13,513
3. Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State)    12,711
4. Marcus Brady (Cal State Northridge)        12,479
5. Jamie Martin (Weber State)        12,207
6. Ricky Santos (New Hampshire)        12,189
7. Robert Kent (Jackson State)        11,784
8. Neil Lomax (Portland State)        11,550
   
SANTOS RANKED  FOURTH IN CAREER TD PASS LISTING FOR FCS: UNH senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass. ) now has 111 career touchdown passes, which places him fourth on the all-time NCAA FCS listing. Here's a look at the NCAA list. Santos needs just four more passing TDs to pass all-time NCAA and NFL Great Steve McNair of Alcorn State.
 
1. Bruce Eugene (Grambling)            140
2. Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State)    139
3. Steve McNair (Alcorn State)        119
4. Ricky Santos (New Hampshire)        116
5. Marcus Brady (Cal State Northridge)        109
6. Robert Kent (Jackson State)        104

UNH HAS THREE RECEIVERS RANKED IN THE NCAA FCS TOP 100 AND TWO IN THE TOP 25: The University of New Hampshire receiving corps has been strong this season and features three players among the top1000 receivers in the FCS in receiving yards.
NCAA Reception Rankings for FCS
Keith LeVan        22        5.88
Scott Sicko        66        4.63
Mike Boyle        T95        4.13

NCAA Receiving Yards Rankings for FCS
Keith LeVan         35        75.86
Scott Sicko        T70        59.57
Mike Boyle        T83        56.86

UNH FOOTBALL RANKED HIGH AMONG THE FCS NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS IN SEVERAL AREAS:
Team
Passing Offense        11th        (288.0 ypg.)
Total Offense        10th        (440.63 ypg.)
Scoring Offense        3rd        (41.88)
Kickoff Returns        16th        (24.03 ypg.)
Passing Efficiency        3rd        (180.63)

FREE SAFETY JEFF PAMMER RANKS FOURTH 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 291 career tackles in three seasons at UNH (146-159-305), moving him into fourth on UNH's all-time tackles listing.

Most Tackles?Career (since 1981)
1.    Steve Doig (1978-81)    434
2.     Aaron Thomas (2000-04)    343
3.    Chris McGrath (1987-91)    322
4.     Jeff Pammer (2004-)    305
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


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