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     DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire Athletic Director Marty Scarano has announced the release of the State of Athletics, which highlights the 2008-09 Wildcat season. Within this report you will find team-by-team accomplishments, both in the field of competition and in the classroom that will illustrate another highly successful year in Wildcat athletics.




By JOE SULLIVAN
New Hampshire Union Leader Sports


Anyone needing help composing a hall of fame induction speech should consult 76-year-old Manchester native Billy Pappas, a man who is fast becoming a wizard in the process.

On July 2 in San Francisco, Pappas will deliver his fifth such address when he is inducted into the Athletic Hellenic Hall of Fame. One of his head-table neighbors will be tennis legend Pete Sampras, who will also become a member of the Greek organization's hall of fame that night. They will join an illustrious group that includes Harry Agganis, Bob Costas, Fred Smerlas, Diana Nyad and Manchester native Gus Zitrides. The only perplexing aspect to the Pappas induction is why it took so long. Many of those who saw him play contend that he is the Granite State's greatest all-around athlete.




DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire football team has been ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation in early preseason national polls and rankings.
The Wildcats were ranked No. 8 in the recently released “AnyGivenSaturday.com FCS National Poll” and No. 9 in the “2009 Athlon Sports College Football Annual”. The Wildcats, who advanced to the NCAA FCS quarterfinals in 2008,  finished the season as the Colonial Athletic Association North Division Champion with a 10-3 overall record and 6-2 mark in the CAA. It was the fifth straight appearance for UNH football in the tournament and the fourth time in five seasons UNH made it to the quarterfinals.




DURHAM, N.H.Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) of the women's ice hockey team and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) of the men's ski team were named the 2009 recipients of the Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year by the University of New Hampshire athletic department at Tuesday night’s annual Senior Banquet.
     The Tina True Memorial Award, given annually since 2007 to two Wildcat athletes for their commitment to strength and conditioning, was presented to Bellamy and Tom Bishop (Newfield, N.Y.), a senior punter/placekicker on the football team.




DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire Athletic Department has announced that football season ticket renewals are now on sale. Current season ticket holders should have received a brochure with the necessary renewal information. CLICK HERE TO RENEW ONLINE NOW.

The deadline to renew season tickets is June 15. All renewal forms received after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee. Prices range from $84 for general admission tickets to $120 for reserved chairback seats. The UNH home opener will be on September 5 at 12 p.m. in Cowell Stadium.




DURHAM, N.H. – Incumbent starting quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) completed 7 of 9 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown – a 61-yard strike to All-America tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) – in the University of New Hampshire’s annual spring Blue/White scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Cowell Stadium. Sicko ended the game with three receptions for 90 yards.
     The defense recorded three interceptions, including a 27-yard touchdown return by Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.). Also recording interceptions were Anthony Gorrell (Clayton, N.J.; 25-yard return) and John Duffey (Tarentum, Pa.; 1-yard return).




DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire Athletic Department has announced that football season ticket renewals will begin on Monday, May 11 at 10 a.m.  Current season ticket holders will receive a brochure in the mail this week with information on how to renew online.  The deadline to renew without a $25 late fee is June 15.  Prices range from $84 for general admission tickets to $120 for reserved chairback seats. The UNH home opener will be on September 5 at 12 p.m. in Cowell Stadium.




DURHAM, N.H.- University of New Hampshire defensive back Ryan Hinds (Toronto, Ontario) was recently selected in the second round of the Canadian Football League (CFL) draft. Hinds, who becomes the first Wildcat to be selected in the draft since Etienne Boulay, was selected in the same round in 2006, went 13th overall to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.




DURHAM, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire football team will be holding its annual Spring Blue/White Scrimmage on Sat., May 9 at Cowell Stadium. Game time is 12:30 p.m and admission is free.
    It is a perfect time to get an early glimpse of key members of the upcoming 2009 squad as it prepares for the fall season.
    The UNH offense has several key skill players returning in starting positions, such as junior quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) who has a full year as a starter under his belt. Also returning is senior running back Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) who was one of UNH’s top ball-carriers last season, and also senior All-American tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.), who has been a key target for Toman and will be again in 2009




DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire head football coach Sean McDonnell and the Wildcat football program will host a bone marrow testing drive at Holloway Commons on Monday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  “It’s a great cause and a great opportunity,” said McDonnell. “It’s an easy way to give back.” The test is simple and only requires donors to provide a sample of a cheek swab. Including registration time, the process takes less than 20 minutes for each individual to complete.




DURHAM — They may not have been running sprints, but the University of New Hampshire football team got a workout Saturday when they pitched in to get Wagon Hill Park ready for the summer. The team hauled sand, raked leaves, repaired fencing and cleaned up debris from the December ice storm Saturday morning as a community service project aimed at giving back to the town they call home — for at least four years. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY IN FOSTER'S DAILY DEMOCRAT




INDIANAPOLIS—The University of New Hampshire athletic department saw seven different sports programs honored on Wed., April 22, as recipients of 2008-09 NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their efforts in the classroom. The teams receiving the honor for UNH included: men’s cross country, football, men’s soccer, men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.




DURHAM, N.H.—Nine members of the UNH football team received major honors at Saturday afternoon’s annual Football Awards Banquet held at the Granite State Room on the UNH campus. All nine players were key to the Wildcats finishing the 2008 season with a 10-3 overall record, the CAA North Division title, their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA FCS Tournament and their fourth finish in the FCS Quarterfinals in the past five seasons.
        Senior offensive lineman and tri-captain Eric Cumba (Paterson, N.J.) was selected as the eighth all-time recipient of the Bill Bowes Coaches Award.




DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire announced today that Wildcat Sports Properties has added WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester) and WGIP-AM 1540 (Exeter) as flagship stations on the Wildcat Sports Network, joining WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), which was added last year.  All three stations are part of the Clear Channel family, and this change will go into effect at the beginning of the 2009-2010 athletic season. These three aforementioned stations – along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) – will carry the following:  all UNH football broadcasts, men’s hockey broadcasts, football and men’s hockey weekly coaches’ shows, a select number of men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s hockey broadcasts, as well as “Wildcat Sports Today”, a three-minute daily update concerning UNH athletics.




RICHMOND, Va.—The University of New Hampshire football team had 11 players named to the 2008 Colonial Athletic Association Academic All-Conference Team on Monday. CAA Football cited 107 student-athletes - 57 on offense and 50 on defense - as members of its 2008 Academic All-Conference team.To be eligible for the CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team, a player must be a starter or important reserve and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00-or-better (on a 4.00 scale) for his entire academic career.




DURHAM, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire athletic department and 11th-year head coach Sean McDonnell have announced the football schedule for the upcoming 2009 season.
    The regular season begins on Sept. 5 when the Wildcats entertain St. Francis University out of Loretto, Pa. for the home-opener at Cowell Stadium. This will mark the first meeting between these two schools.
    On Sept. 12, the Wildcats hit the road for an FBS matchup at Ball State, a team that played in the GMAC Bowl last season and posted a 12-2 record. The Cardinals were ranked as high as No. 12 in the national polls last season. The Wildcats have never met Ball State on the football field and are looking for their fifth straight FBS victory.




DURHAM, N.H.—Sean McDonnell, the 11th-year head football coach at the University of New Hampshire, announced today that 10 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to attend UNH and play football for the Wildcat football program. The list includes a player from the Granite State, OL/DL Seamus O’Neill out of Manchester, N.H., and a good mix of skill players and linemen, both offensive and defensive.
    “I’m very excited about the overall athleticism of this recruiting class,” said McDonnell. “The players that our coaches identified will add depth and versatility to many areas of our football program.”




DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team is set to play FBS opponent Ball State on Sat., Sept. 12, 2009 as one of three non-conference matchups for the upcoming campaign.
    This will mark the first meeting between Ball State and UNH.
The Cardinals completed the 2008 season with an impressive 12-2 record and were ranked as high as No. 12 in the national polls. The team was invited to play in the GMAC Bowl where Ball State was defeated by Tulsa, 45-13.




CAPE COD, Mass.—Senior wide receiver Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) and junior tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire football team were both named ECAC All-Stars in recognition of their outstanding efforts during the 2008 season. Boyle, a team tri-captain, was UNH’s leading receiver with 67 catches for 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air. He also carried the football 16 times for 136 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns.




DURHAM, N.H.— The Sports Network and College Sporting News each recently announced their respective All-America teams and several players from the University of New Hampshire football team were honored. Junior tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) continued to reel in the All-America honors after being named a first-teamer by the College Sporting News and a second-teamer by The Sports Network. Sicko was also named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and by Walter Camp last month.




DURHAM, N.H.--Junior tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named an Associated Press FCS All-American in recognition of his outstanding 2008 campaign with the Wildcats. He was also named a Walter Camp All-American on Dec. 14.

Sicko, who was the only tight end named to the first team, finished the season as UNH’s second-leading receiver with 50 catches for 660 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games played. He averaged 13.6 yards per catch and recorded an average of 55.0 yards per game for the ‘Cats.




NEW HAVEN, CONN.—Junior tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named a Walter Camp Football Foundation Football Championship Subdivision All-American in recognition of his outstanding 2008 campaign with the Wildcats.  The All-America team was selected by head coaches and Sports Information Directors at FCS schools. Sicko, who was the only tight end named to the first team, finished the season as UNH’s second-leading receiver with 50 catches for 660 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games played. He averaged 13.6 yards per catch and recorded an average of 55.0 yards per game for the ‘Cats.




DURHAM, N.H.—University of New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell and three of his players will be honored on Thursday evening (Dec. 11) at the New England Football Writers Captains And Awards Banquet at Casa Di Fior in Wilmington, Mass.

McDonnell, who was named the Football Championship Subdivision Coach Of The Year, led his Wildcats to their fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA FCS Championships and advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth time during that five-year span. McDonnell led UNH to a 10-3 campaign in 2008 and the CAA North Division title, just one victory shy of the school record 11 wins his Wildcats posted in 2005.




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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa —
A 36-yard interception return by Terrell McMoore in the third quarter proved to be the difference as No. 4 Northern Iowa escaped with a 36-34 win over the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team in Saturday night’s NCAA FCS Championship quarterfinal action at UNI Dome.

The Wildcats, who have advanced to the quarterfinal round four times during their current streak of five-straight tournament appearances, ends the 2008 season with a 10-3 mark, while UNI, which advances to play Richmond in the national semifinals, improves to 12-2.




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NORTHERN IOWA UP NEXT FOR WILDCATS IN NCAA FCS QUARTERFINAL CONTEST:  UNH and UNI are familiar with each other. The two teams have played twice in the NCAA FCS playoffs in the last three years and are going to make it a third  playoff battle in the span of the last four seasons.  Northern Iowa knocked off No. 1 seeded UNH in 2005 (24-21) in a quarterfinal game played in Durham, N.H. Last year, the two teams squared off in the first round and the Panthers came out on top on a late game-winning touchdown pass to post a 38-35 victory.




DURHAM, N.H.—  University of New Hampshire football fans will have an opportunity to watch the Wildcats’ NCAA FCS quarterfinal playoff game at Northern Iowa live on Comcast SportsNet New England on Sat., Dec. 6. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The game will also be produced by ESPN Syndication and will be carried on ESPN Gameplan and ESPN360.com.
    The No. 10 Wildcats (10-2) earned a spot among the top eight teams following their 29-20 first-round victory at No. 8 Southern Illinois on Nov. 29. No. 4 Northern Iowa (11-2) defeated Maine on Nov. 29 (40-15) to make the quarterfinals.




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DURHAM, N.H.—
The No. 10 ranked University of New Hampshire football team (10-2) will be traveling to play No. 4 Northern Iowa (11-2) in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA FCS Championships on Sat., Dec. 6, and the game time has been set for 6 p.m. (CT), 7 p.m. (ET) at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The announcement was made today by the NCAA.
The game will also be produced by ESPN Syndication and will be carried on ESPN Gameplan and ESPN360.com.
    The Wildcats earned a spot among the top eight teams following their 29-20 first-round victory at No. 8 Southern Illinois on Nov. 29. Northern Iowa defeated Maine on Nov. 29 (40-15) to make the quarterfinals.




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CARBONDALE, Ill.—
Senior kicker Tom Bishop (Newfield, N.Y.) booted a career-high five field goals to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to a 29-20 NCAA FCS First-Round victory at Southern Illinois on Saturday at McAndrew Stadium.

Southern Illinois took the early lead on a long, 12 play 68 yard drive when Kyle Dougherty booted a 47-yard field goal through the uprights at 8:23 of the first quarter.




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UNH FOOTBALL MAKING ITS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE APPEARANCE IN THE NCAA FCS PLAYOFFS AND SEVENTH OVERALL:  The University of New Hampshire football team will be making its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Championship Playoffs on Sat., Nov. 29, when the Wildcats travel to play Southern Illinois in a first round matchup. Game time is 1 p.m. CT at McAndrew Stadium in Carbondale, Ill. The Wildcats gathered in their locker room on Sunday evening and learned of their first-round matchup as it was announced live on ESPNU. This will mark the first-ever meeting between the Wildcats and the Salukis of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. SIU won a share of the MVFC title and clinched the league's automatic postseason berth when it beat Illinois State on Nov. 22 (17-10).




PHILADELPHIA- Junior defensive back Terrence Klein (Westwood, N.J.) was named Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week and CAA Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding efforts in UNH’s 28-24 victory at Maine. The win clinched the CAA North Division title for the Wildcats.

Klein recorded two key interceptions on the day, catapulting the Wildcats to their fifth straight berth in the postseason. Both of Klein's picks came in the fourth quarter as the Black Bears were trying to assemble game-winning drives.  The first came with 3:02 left in the game, halting a two-play Maine drive inside Black Bear territory. After a UNH punt on the ensuing possession, Klein again single-handedly stopped a Maine drive by intercepting a pass inside of New Hampshire territory with just 18 seconds left in the game. The junior finished the day with three total tackles to go with the two game-saving interceptions.




DURHAM, N.H.-  The University of New Hampshire and Southern Illinois University athletic departments have partnered with the NCAA to bring football fans around the country live video streaming of the UNH/SIU NCAA FCS first-round playoff game on Sat., Nov. 29 in Carbondale, Ill. Game time is 1 p.m. CT.
    The broadcast is free to everyone and can be accessed by simply clicking here.
 




RICHMOND, Va.— The Colonial Athletic Association announced its all-conference award winners and various players of the year on Monday afternoon and the University of New Hampshire saw nine different players earn accolades, including Brian McNally, who received CAA Defensive Rookie Of The Year honors.
    McNally, a redshirt freshman defensive end from Cornwall, N.Y. started every game for the Wildcats on the defensive line and was the team’s ninth leading tackler on the season (16-29-45). He also put tremendous pressure on opponent backfields, recording a team-best 7.0 tackles for a loss of 24 yards and he checked in with a team best 2.5 sacks on the season for a loss of 10 yards. He also recovered a fumble and forced a fumble.
    The Wildcats had two players named first-team all-conference on the offensive side of the football in senior wide receiver Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) and junior tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.).




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DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team will be making its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Championship Playoffs on Sat., Nov. 29, when the Wildcats travel to play Southern Illinois in a first round matchup. Game time is 1 p.m. CT at McAndrew Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.
The Wildcats gathered in their locker room on Sunday evening and learned of their first-round matchup as it was announced live on ESPNU.
    This will mark the first-ever meeting between the Wildcats and the Salukis of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. SIU won a share of the MVFC title and clinched the league's automatic postseason berth when it beat Illinois State on Nov. 22 (17-10). The Salukis, who are 7-5 all-time in the postseason, made the Elite 8 in 2005 and 2006 and the Final Four in 2007. The Salukis currently own the nation's second-longest FCS streak with six straight appearances.




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ORONO, Maine --
Trailing 24-21 with under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the No. 11 University of New Hampshire football team scored with 3:27 remaining and held on to capture a 28-24 win over the University of Maine on Saturday afternoon at a cold, snow-covered Alfond Stadium.

The Wildcats captured the Colonial Athletic Association’s (CAA) North Division Regular Season title, the Brice-Cowell Musket and have solidified their chances for a fifth-straight trip to the NCAA FCS Tournament. UNH will await its placement in the NCAA field, which will be announced during the selection show on Sunday night (7 p.m.) live on ESPNU.




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WILDCATS READY TO BATTLE MAINE FOR THE BRICE-COWELL MUSKET, THE CAA NORTH DIVISION TITLE, AND A SPOT IN THE NCAA PLAYOFFS: Every new game seems to be bigger than the last, but no contest this season has bigger implications than this one, as UNH and Maine battle for the Brice Cowell Musket (awarded annually to the winner of the contest), the CAA North title, as both teams are 5-2 and tied for first, and an opportunity to possibly secure a spot in the NCAA FCS playoffs with a win this week. Fans can expect a very physical, hard-fought game between these two New England rivals. Maine is riding a six-game winning streak and UNH has won four of its last five contests. Both teams have celebrated victories over Massachusetts in recent weeks, which set the table for this decisive, end of the regular season, matchup.




DURHAM, N.H. – The University of Maine is offering a great ticket deal for the upcoming football game this weekend, Sat., Nov. 22 at Orono, Maine. For this game, which features the 11th ranked Wildcats at the 17th ranked Black Bears, fans may purchase tickets for only $5.00! The ticket deal is available only until Friday at 4 p.m. Ticket prices will go back to the original $16.00 on the day of the game. Fans interested in purchasing tickets at the discounted price should click here to download the order form and fax it back to the University of Maine, at the number listed on the form.




RICHMOND, Va.—Senior linebacker Matt Parent (Long Beach, Calif.) was named the Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week and the Colonial Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding efforts in the University of New Hampshire’s 52-21 victory over New England rival Massachusetts on Nov. 15.

The winner of the Bill Knight Trophy, awarded annually to the MVP of the UNH/UMass football game, tied a league-record for the longest-ever interception return when he picked off a Liam Coen pass and took it back 100 yards for a score.  The pick-six, which was the first in league play since JMU's Tony LeZotte took an interception back 100 yards against Towson in 2005, put the Wildcats on top 10-0 midway through the first quarter. 




This is the sixth installment of "Cat Trax," a series of feature stories that will periodically appear on the UNH athletics Web site.

By Anthony DeAngelis, UNH Athletic Media Relations

As senior punter and place kicker Tom Bishop (Newfield, N.Y.) booted a career-high 46-yard field goal through the uprights during New Hampshire’s whopping 52-21 victory over Massachusetts (Nov. 16), it was just business as usual for the little-known kid from upstate New York.




RICHMOND, Va.—University of New Hampshire redshirt freshman tight end Chris Jeannot (Moon Township, Pa.) was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Rookie of the Week for his two touchdown catches in the Wildcats’ 52-21 victory over Massachusetts on Nov. 15. Jeannot’s TD catches accounted for 92 of the Wildcats' 295 receiving yards.  The 6-6, 230-pounder logged a 77-yard touchdown catch in the closing minutes of the first half — the first TD-catch of his career. 




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DURHAM, N.H. – Matt Parent (Long Beach, Calif.) recorded six tackles, two fumble recoveries and a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to lead the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 52-21 CAA victory against 22nd-ranked University of Massachusetts on Senior Day at Cowell Stadium.
    UNH improves to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the CAA while UMass is now 6-5, 3-4.
    Parent was named the recipient of the 23rd Annual Bill Knight Award, which is presented to the most outstanding player in the game between these programs. He is the third defensive player to earn the award. The Wildcats’ defense forced six turnovers and five three-and-outs in 15 Minutemen possessions.
    UNH’s balanced offense amassed 326 rushing yards and 295 passing yards for a total of 621 yards. R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) completed 10 of 18 attempts for 295 yards and four touchdowns; he also had a 43-yard rushing TD and 61 yards on the ground. Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) had four receptions for 147 yards and one TD, and he also had two carries for 42 yards. Chris Jeannot (Moon Township, Pa.) caught two passes – both for scores – for 92 yards.




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WILDCATS TO PLAY HUGE RIVALRY GAME VS. UMASS AT COWELL STADIUM: Both UNH and UMass are coming off losses this past week, the Wildcats losing at Villanova (24-13) and the Minutemen losing by just one point vs. Maine, 21-20. Neither team has time to worry about the past as the 6-4, 3-3 CAA UMass squad travels to Durham to battle a 7-2, 4-2 CAA UNH team. The Wildcats had their opportunities to win but made some mistakes that ended key drives, from penalties, to sacks, to a missed field goal. UMass played Maine in a battle of defenses, but in the end missed an extra point on the last TD of the contest, which was the difference in the heartbreaking loss. UNH is in the midst of a playoff hunt with just two losses this season, so the Wildcats will have plenty to play for in addition to the tradition of this rivalry. UMass and UNH have been in many battles for conference championships over the years and both teams are in the running to win the North Division of the CAA, along with Maine. UNH is 4-2, Maine is 4-2 and UMass is 3-3, so there is still much at stake for both teams. Also up for grabs is the Bill Knight Trophy, which is awarded annually to the MVP of the UNH/UMass football game.  Last, but not least it is Senior Day and the Wildcats will be saying farewell to 12 seniors who have given their all to the UNH football program over the past four or five years.




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VILLANOVA, PA.--Wide receiver Phil Atkinson scored with 8:56 to play on a 17-yard run after a long pitch by quarterback Chris Whitney to lead No. 6 Villanova to a 24-13 victory over the University of New Hampshire on Saturday. Villanova improves its record to 7-2 overall, 5-1 CAA, while UNH fell to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in conference.




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UNH RIDING THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK AND DEFENSE IS ONE OF SQUAD'S TOP OFFENSIVE WEAPONS IN THE LAST TWO CONTESTS:  UNH is in the midst of a three-game winning streak and a key to that stretch has been the defense creating turnovers and emerging as a key part of the offense. In the last two games, UNH has returned three interceptions for touchdowns and has recorded nine overall turnovers, seven against Hofstra last week in the form of two fumble recoveries and five interceptions. That's not to say the offense hasn't been scoring, as tight end Scott Sicko and running back Robert Simpson each scored two TDs vs. Hofstra. This week the competition looks to be even tougher as the Wildcats take on the Wildcats when UNH travels to battle No. 6 ranked Villanova, a team that that has won six of its last seven with the lone loss being a heartbreaker to No. 1 James Madison (23-19).




RICHMOND, Va.-- Sophomore corner Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) was named the ECAC and Co-CAA Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding defensive efforts in UNH's victory over Hofstra on Nov. 1 (45-25). 

Vasso led the Wildcats on the day with 12 total tackles, including one for a loss of seven yards and forced a fumble.  He hauled in two of New Hampshire's five interceptions of the contest and returned his fourth-quarter pick 66 yards for a touchdown, making the score 45-17.

The Wildcat defense forced seven Pride turnovers on the day, including interceptions by Vasso (2, 1 TD), John Clements (1, 1 TD), Hugo Souza (1) and Ryan Hinds (1). The defense also recovered two fumbles.  UNH returned three interceptions for touchdowns combined in wins over Towson and Hofstra.




 

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DURHAM, N.H. – The defense forced seven turnovers, including two interception returns for touchdowns by John Clements and Dino Vasso, to propel the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 45-25 victory against Hofstra University in CAA action at Cowell Stadium.
    UNH, which compiled 207 interception return yards, won its third consecutive game to improve to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the CAA while Hofstra lost for the third time in as many weeks to fall to 3-6, 1-4.




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UNH FOOTBALL RIDING TWO-GAME WINNING STREAK AND LEADS THE CAA NORTH DIVISION: The UNH football team sits in first place in the CAA North and has taken care of business the last two weeks with victories over Northeastern (33-21) and Towson (42-14). This week the 'Cats turn their attention to Hofstra. The Wildcat defense is creating turnovers (two interceptions by Ryan Hinds vs. Towson) and has not allowed more than 21 points in its last two games. The offense has been explosive at times. Sophomore quarterback R.J.. Toman has 19 TD passes this season to lead the CAA (four TDs in the win over Towson) and he is spreading the football around the field, as four different players scored TDs against the Tigers and seven different receivers caught passes.




RICHMOND, VA.— Junior defensive back Ryan Hinds (Toronto, Ont.) of the No. 9 University of New Hampshire football team was named, ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, “The Sports Network” National Defensive Player Of The Week and the Colonial Athletic Association’s Defensive Player Of the Week for his outstanding efforts in UNH’s 42-14 CAA victory over Towson on Oct. 25 at Cowell Stadium. The win was the 500th in the history of the football program.
Hinds put the Wildcats on the scoreboard at 10:23 of the first quarter when he stepped in front of a Sean Schaefer pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown. The last time UNH had returned an interception to the house was in 2005 when Corey Graham returned his interception 73 yards at Towson.




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DURHAM, N.H. — R.J. Toman
(Mission Viejo, Calif.) completed 20 of 26 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 42-14 victory against Towson University in CAA action at Cowell Stadium. The victory marked the 500th in the history of the UNH football program, which dates back to 1893.

UNH, which has won all five meetings in the series vs. Towson, improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the CAA. Towson is now 3-5, 1-3.




by Anthony DeAngelis, UNH Athletic Media Relations

As senior running back Robert Simpson (Brockton, Mass.) plowed into the end zone to score the deciding touchdown in a 33-21 Wildcats’ win over Northeastern (Oct. 18), he not only sealed UNH’s fifth victory of the season, but put the program just one win away from achieving a milestone 500 victories. 

The Wildcat football program, which is now in its 115th year, has been redefined in recent years as one of the most dominant teams in Division I-AA, now named the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Their four-straight playoff appearances and four victories over FBS schools since 2004 have set the program apart and turned it into one of most consistent contenders in the Colonial Athletic Association. 

However, the history of UNH football goes much deeper than the Ricky Santos and David Ball show that emerged on the Durham campus in 2004. In fact, before that season, the Wildcats compiled 459 victories and won the Northeast Conference Championship twice and were crowned Yankee Conference Champions 11 times.




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UNH FOOTBALL BOUNCES BACK WITH  COME-FROM BEHIND WIN AT NORTHEASTERN AND IS ONE GAME AWAY FROM THE PROGRAM'S 500TH VICTORY: The Wildcats bounced back in style on Oct. 18, bouncing back after the heartbreaking Homecoming loss to William & Mary on Oct. 11 and defeating Northeastern on their homecoming after trailing 21-6 at halftime.  The win was also big because the UNH football program is looking to win its 500th all-time game in the team's history vs. Towson. Most importantly, the win over Northeastern moved UNH back into first place in the CAA North as NU suffered its second loss in the north division, as did Massachusetts. In the Northeastern contest, UNH got a good glimpse of the future thanks to the Terrance Fox, who got an opportunity to start due to injuries. Fox took advantage with a career-best eight catches for 103 yards and 174 all-purpose yards and a 31-yard TD catch that sparked UNH's 27unanswered points in the second half for the win.




DURHAM, N.H. - On Saturday, October 25, State Farm and Wildcat Sports will host its first Toy Drive to help support local families and children as the holidays approach. 

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Will Call ticket window or at various State Farm tables located throughout Cowell Stadium as the Wildcats take on the Towson Tigers.  Kickoff is scheduled for noon.




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The University of New Hampshire football team came back from a 21-6 halftime deficit by scoring 27 unanswered points to defeat Northeastern University (33-21) at Parsons Field on Saturday afternoon.

 The Wildcats took their first lead of the contest, and the lead for good, when junior tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) caught a 16 yard pass from sophomore quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) to make the score 26-21 with 13:47 remaining in the contest. The clincher came with 49 seconds remaining when senior running back Robert Simpson (Brockton, Mass.) ran it in from 2 yards out. The PAT by Bishop was good and UNH drove back to Durham with the 33-21victory.




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UNH FOOTBALL LOOKING TO REBOUND AFTER TOUGH LOSS TO WILLIAM & MARY: The Wildcats are looking to rebound after a heartbreaking loss to William & Mary this past week (38-34) after the visitors scored the game-wnning touchdown with just 22 seconds left to play. This week the team turns its attention to a very tough and physical Northeastern squad that is playing its best football of the season after posting a pair of wins over UC Davis (27-10) and at Towson (35-17) and most recently the Huskies gave UMass a run for their money, but fell in a close one 28-24.  UNH's offense continues to produce yards and points after scoring 34 and compiling 468 yards of offense. Sophomore QB R.J. Toman topped the 300 yard mark in passing with 305 yards and two passing TDs vs. The Tribe and also ran for 55 yards on 14 carries and rushed for two more TDs.




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DURHAM, N.H. – Jake Phillips’ 17-yard touchdown pass to D.J. McAulay with 22 seconds remaining lifted the William & Mary football team to Saturday afternoon’s 38-34 victory against fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire in front 13,255 Homecoming Day fans at UNH’s Cowell Stadium.
    UNH fell to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the CAA while the Tribe improved to 3-2, 1-1.
    Trailing 34-31, W&M began the game-winning drive at its 28 yard-line with 4:34 on the clock. On 3rd-and-11, a Hugo Souza (Marshfield, Mass.) interception was negated by a roughing the passer infraction against the Wildcats that gave the Tribe 1st-and-10 at the 42. The visitors converted two more 3rd-and-long situations to advance the ball to the UNH 36. Three plays later, on 1st and 10 from the 17, Phillips eluded the pass rush, stepped up to the line of scrimmage and lofted a pass complete to McAulay at the left pylon for the touchdown. Brian Pate’s PAT made the score 38-34.




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UNH FOOTBALL OFF TO GREAT START: The UNH football team is undefeated at 4-0, after beating Dartmouth, 42-6. UNH is also in first place in the CAA North Division, only two wins away from the 500th win in program history, and recently enjoyed an off-week in which the team rested and saw some injuries heal. But now the schedule gets tougher with nothing but CAA opponents on the horizon and it all starts this Saturday when UNH entertains William & Mary on Homecoming weekend in Durham.




PHILADELPHIA—Despite having last week off, the University of New Hampshire football team moved up one spot to No. 4 in this week’s Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll.
    UNH is undefeated at 4-0 on the season after recently posting a 42-6 victory at Dartmouth on Sept. 27.
    UNH is off to its best start since the 2006 season when UNH won its first five games.  The last time UNH opened with six or more wins was in 1977 when the 'Cats opened up with seven consecutive victories.




DURHAM, N.H.--The UNH Athletic Department welcomes back all Alumni to the 2008 Homecoming Football game on Sat., Oct. 11, 2008 vs. William & Mary at Cowell Stadium. Below is important information regarding the game and events leading up to kickoff. Tickets are available NOW and can be purchased by visiting the Whittemore Center Box Office during regular hours, Monday though Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or by calling (603) 868-7300.




PHILADELPHIA—The University of New Hampshire football team moved up to No. 5 from No. 7 on Monday in the Sports Network FCS Top 25 on the heels of the Wildcats’ decisive 42-6 Granite Bowl victory at Dartmouth on Sept. 27.
    UNH is now undefeated with a 4-0 overall record and sits atop the North Division of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) with a 1-0 record in conference play.
    In addition the Wildcat program now has 498 all-time victories and needs just two more to reach the 500-win milestone.
    The Wildcats have an off-week before returning to action on Oct. 11 vs. CAA rival William & Mary at Cowell Stadium. Game time is 12 p.m. and tickets for the contest are still available at www.unhwildcats.com.




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HANOVER, N.H.Sophomore running back Sean Jellison (Amherst, N.H.) ran for a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter to lead the University of New Hampshire to a 42-6 Granite Bowl victory at Dartmouth College on Saturday at Memorial Field. The No.7 Wildcats remain undefeated with a 4-0 record, while the Big Green falls to 0-2 overall.Jellison (Amherst, N.H.) gave the Wildcats an early 7-0 lead at 8:28 of the first quarter with a 4 yard touchdown run that capped off a six-play, 50 yard drive. The PAT was kicked by junior kicker Tom Manning (Rome, N.Y.).




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UNH FOOTBALL KEEPS FINDING WAYS TO WIN: The UNH football team is 3-0 and 1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Wildcats are coming off a 32-24 victory over a very tough Albany squad that has given three straight CAA teams a battle. This week the Wildcats turn their attention to long-time intra-state rival Dartmouth, a team that opened their 2008 season with a loss at Colgate (34-20). The Wildcat offense continues to roll after compiling over 400 yards of offense for the second straight game and sophomore quarterback R.J. Toman has passed for nine touchdowns in UNH's last two contests. The defense put together a key second half vs. Albany, as the 'Cats recovered from a 17-14 halftime deficit to outscore the Great Danes in the second half 18-7 as the defense allowed just one TD. The defense was succesful stopping a potent Albany running game, allowing just 99 yards rushing. and the defense has done well against the run in three straight games.




PHILADELPHIA— The University of New Hampshire football team, now undefeated with a 3-0 record, moved up from No. 10 to No. 7 in this week’s Sports Network FCS Top 25 National Poll (the highest ranking so far this season).
    The Wildcats, on the heels of its 32-24 home-opening victory over Albany on Sept. 20, began the 2008 campaign ranked No. 16 in The Sports Network Preseason Top 25.
    UNH has opened up 3-0 for the third time in four seasons and will be attempting to reach 4-0 on Sept. 27 when the squad travels to play at Granite State rival Dartmouth in the Granite Bowl. That game will be shown live on WMUR-TV (Channel 9).




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DURHAM, N.H.  – R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.), the reigning Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award winner, passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 32-24 non-conference victory against the University at Albany at Cowell Stadium.
    UNH is now 3-0 and has opened the season with three consecutive wins for the third time in the last four years, and the Wildcats have won four straight home openers. Albany, which has played a CAA opponent in all three games this season, is 1-2.
    New Hampshire’s receiving corps was led by Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.; seven receptions, 79 yards, one TD) and Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.; five catches, 104 yards, two TDs). Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) carried the ball 16 times for 106 yards and also had four receptions for 53 yards.




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UNH FOOTBALL IMPROVES TO 2-0 AND ENTERTAINS ALBANY IN HOME-OPENER: The Wildcat offense came alive in UNH"s 51-43 victory at Rhode Island on Sept. 13, but UNH head coach Sean McDonnell was disappointed with the defensive effort after a good showing at Army. The coaching staff will work hard to fix what went wrong as it prepares for the Sept. 20 matchup with Albany at Cowell Stadium. Sophomore quarterback R.J. Toman was outstanding vs. URI with a career-best five touchdowns and a career-high 309 passing yards. Junior Chad Kackert posted a career-best 164 rushing yards on 11 carries and senior wide receiver Mike Boyle had nine catches for 132 yards.




DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire athletic department is introducing a new, improved game program for all home football contests in 2008.
    The program features two parts. First, fans can buy the football yearbook for $7 which includes bios on top players, feature stories, a record section and much more. This will be sold at every game as long as supplies last.
    In addition, an insert will be printed that includes rosters and game notes specific to that day’s contest. The insert will be included free when a fan buys a yearbook, or fans may purchase just the insert only at any home game for just $3.
A percentage of every sale of a yearbook or insert will benefit UNH student-athletes and teams.




CAMBRIDGE, MASS—University of New Hampshire sophomore quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was named the recipient of this week’s Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award, which is presented on a weekly basis to the top college football player in the area at the New England Football Writers Luncheon on the campus of Harvard University.

Toman had his best game as the starter last week, leading his team to a high-scoring 51-43 victory at CAA rival Rhode Island on Sept. 13.





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KINGSTON, R.I.— Sophomore quarterback RJ. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) threw five TD passes and junior running back Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) ran for a career-best 164 yards to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to a 51-43 victory at the University of Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon. Toman completed 29 of 40 passes for a career-best 309 yards and Kackert finished with 310 all-purpose yards and one 72 yard rushing touchdown.




    DURHAM, N.H.—Sophomore defensive back Hugo Souza (Marshfield, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding play in UNH’s 28-10 victory over FBS foe Army on Sept. 6.
    Souza, who also earned the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week Award, led UNH to its fourth consecutive victory over an FBS opponent in five seasons. He led the squad in tackles with 10 (eight solo) and two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Souza also recorded a sack for a loss of five yards and then put the exclamation point on the UNH victory when he scooped up an Army fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown, the final score of the contest.




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UNH FOOTBALL READY TO OPEN UP CAA SLATE AT RHODE ISLAND:  Conference play starts this week as the University of New Hampshire football team prepares to play CAA rival Rhode Island in Kingston. UNH took care of business on Sept. 6 with the team's upset of FBS foe Army, 28-10. It was UNH's fourth straight victory over FBS teams in five years. The coaching staff was pleased with the way the defense flew around, got to the football and the larger defensive line did a great job stopping the Army's option offense. Meanwhile UNH utilized defense, special teams and the offense with two rushing TDS (Chad Kackert and Mike Boyle), a kickoff return (John Clements) and a fumble return (Hugo Souza). Rain, humidity and wind grounded the UNH air attack somewhat but sophomore R.J. Toman ran the offense efficiently and completed 12 of 17 passes for 138 yards.


    PHILADELPHIA—The University of New Hampshire football team jumped from No. 15 up to No. 10 in the nation in this week’s “Sports Network” top 25 poll on the heels of the team’s impressive 28-10 victory over Army at West Point on Sept. 6.
    The win marked the Wildcats’ fourth consecutive FBS victory in five years, as UNH also defeated Rutgers in 2004, Northwestern in 2006 and Marshall in 2007. It also brings the UNH program to within five wins of its 500th all time victory with 495.


RICHMOND, VA.— Sophomore Hugo Souza (Marshfield, Mass.) and senior John Clements (Hammonton, N.J.) of the University of New Hampshire football team were both honored today by the Colonial Athletic Association for their outstanding play in the Wildcats’ 28-10 upset victory at Army on Sept. 6.
    Souza grabbed CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping New Hampshire knock off its fourth FBS foe in five seasons. The Marshfield, Mass., native led the Wildcats with 10 total tackles, eight of which were solo stops.  Souza also made two stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack for five yards. With just under a minute remaining in the third quarter,


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UNH rushed for two TDS, scored on a fumble return and had a kickoff return for a TD as the Wildcats posted a 28-10 victory over Army at Michie Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It marked UNH’s fourth consecutive victory over an FBS school in five years.The Wildcats also defeated Rutgers in 2004 (35-24), Northwestern in 2006 (34-17) and last year defeated Marshall (48-35).


DURHAM, N.H. — The following is the latest updated information about pre-game festivities surrounding the Sept. 6 football opener at Army. The pre-game tailgating reception/pep rally will go on as scheduled at 10 a.m. at Buffalo Soldier Field. Additionally, the Cadet Review on the Plain that is also scheduled for 10 a.m. is still on as scheduled. Any further discussions surrounding the Cadet Review will be made by Army on Saturday morning. For more information on all the events surrounding the football opener, please refer to the Wildcat Fan Game Day Information Page.


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UNH FOOTBALL PREPARES FOR SEASON-OPENER VS. ARMY: The 2008 campaign for the UNH Wilidcats kicks off on Sept. 6 when the team travels to West Point to battle Army. UNH is 3-0 in its last three games vs. FBS teams, but defeated Rutgers, Northwestern and Marshall with the program's best QB ever in Walter Payton Award winner Ricky Santos.  However, UNH is confident that sophomore quarterback R.J. Toman is ready to lead the offense his way. Toman has a talented cast of returning starters in the skill positions to utilize, such as Preseason All-American Scott Sicko at TE wtih his 51 catches for 619 yards and six TDs last season and senior wide receiver Mike Boyle and his 50 catches for 842 yards and seven TDs. UNH also features an experienced offensive line with four returning senior starters and a stable of talented running backs, including junior Chad Kackert, who led the squad in rushing last year with 80 carries for 360 yards and four TDs.



    DURHAM, N.H.—UNH head coach Sean McDonnell got a good look at nearly everyone in this year’s Fall Blue/White scrimmage as the offense put up 34 points in just over two quarters of action on Wednesday afternoon at Cowell Stadium and the defense showed improved ability to run to the football and tackled well.
    UNH utilized five different quarterbacks on the afternoon. Sophomore starting QB R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) saw some action completing 16 of 22 passes for 116 yards and no interceptions. Backup redshirt freshman QB Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) completed 9 of 12 passes for 161 yards and connected for two TDs, one for 4 yards to junior receiver Travis Negron (San Diego, Calif.) and another for 28 yards to sophomore wide receiver J.T. Wright (Agoura Hills, Calif.).



    PHILADELPHIA—Junior tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was recognized today as a first-team preseason All-American by “The Sports Network”.
    Sicko enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign for the Wildcats in 2007, recording 51 catches for 619 yards and six touchdowns. He finished second on the squad in catches behind only graduated senior wide receiver Keith LeVan, who recorded 71 receptions, and Sicko was third in receiving yardage. The tight end was named an All-American for his efforts in 2007 by The Sports Network.



DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire athletic department released the nine names of those being inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2008. The announcement was made today by UNH Director of Athletics Marty Scarano.
    The inductees will be honored on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 at the Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Huddleston Hall. The event is set to begin at 6 p.m.
This year’s class includes;Ty Conklin ’01 (men’s ice hockey), Grover Daniels ’79 (men’s skiing), Stacy Fimple-Glidden ’96 (Field Hockey), David Gamble ’93 (football), Theresa Redmond-Stevens ’83 (women’s basketball), Mary Beth Sydlowski-Pichette ’92 (women’s soccer), Kate Scanlon-Gehn ’92 (women’s crew), Ian Smith ’99 (men’s swimming), and David O’Connor ’66 (football and hockey), who is the winner of the Leitzel Award.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR HALL OF FAME BANQUET


    PHILADELPHIA—The University of New Hampshire was ranked No. 16 in the nation in a preseason poll released by The Sports Network this week. UNH has been ranked in the top 25 since the start of the 2004 season for the longest stretch of any program in the Colonial Athletic Association.
    In addition, the CAA placed a total of six teams in the 2008 Sports Network Preseason Football Championship Subdivision Poll, as four squads were ranked among the Top-10.  Richmond, one of two defending CAA Football champions, leads the way at No. 4. Massachusetts, picked to win the 2008 CAA Football Championship and defend its 2007 league title, comes in at No. 5.James Madison earned three of the 101 total first-place votes and will begin the season ranked No. 6 in the Sports Network Top-25.  Delaware, which last year became the fourth CAA Football team in five years to play in the National Championship game, earned a No. 9 ranking in the preseason poll.  Outside of the poll's Top-10, but also among CAA Football's six ranked squads, were UNH at No. 16,


The University of New Hampshire football team will play its annual Blue/White Scrimmage on Wed., Aug. 27, at Cowell Stadium. The action will begin at approximately 1 p.m. and admission is free.
    The scrimmage provides fans with one last look at the Wildcats before they head to West Point and their opener on Sept. 6 at Army. UNH will play its home-opener on Sept. 20 vs. Albany. That contest begins at 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium. Tickets for all UNH home games are still available online at www.unhwildcats.com.



DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire football team kicked off fall practice with its annual Media Day held at Cowell Stadium.
    Players were interviewed by TV, radio and newspaper reporters and posed for individual and many different group photos, from the full team picture to state group shots, to football position photos.
    Pictured here is the group photo of all players from the state of New Hampshire.



RICHMOND, Va. -- CN8, The Comcast Network is set to air “‘Out of Bounds’ Special: CAA Football 2008” previewing the upcoming season of CAA Football, July 30, live at 7 p.m.  CN8’s Gregg Murphy will host the live hour-long special which features an exclusive interview with CAA Football Commissioner Tom Yeager, as well as coaches and athletes discussing the 2008 season.
  


BALTIMORE--For the second consecutive year, the University of New Hampshire football team has been selected to finish second in the North Division of the Colonial Athletic Association by the league coaches and media in the CAA poll released Wed., July 23 at the conference Media Day.


DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire announced today that Learfield Sports has selected WGIR-AM 610 to expand the coverage of Wildcat athletics in southern New Hampshire.  Beginning with the 2008-’09 athletic season, 610 AM will begin airing all regular-season and post-season men’s hockey and football broadcasts as well as a select number of men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s hockey broadcasts.  Additionally, the Clear Channel Radio-owned station will air all football and men’s hockey coaches’ show broadcasts on Monday nights during the season and “Wildcat Sports Today”.


    DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team has been ranked in the top 25 polls since the beginning of the 2004 season when the Wildcats defeated Delaware in the season-opener, 24-21. This is the longest stretch in the polls by any Colonial Athletic Association team. This year the preseason top 25 polls have included the Wildcats again with UNH ranked as high as 10th and as low as 23rd so far.
    The Wildcats, who have made it to the NCAAs four consecutive times and advanced to the quarterfinals three out of the four, are coming off a 7-5 season with several key players back in the lineup.


    WEST POINT, N.Y. -- ESPN, Inc. and the Army Athletic Association announced yesterday that the UNH/Army game, the season-opener for the Wildcats on Sept. 6, will be shown live nationally on ESPN Classic with a kickoff time set for 1 p.m.
Army and New Hampshire have met twice previously, but not since 1922. The teams split decisions in 1921 and 1922, with Army winning 33-0 in the teams’ most-recent matchup and UNH winning 10-7 in the first contest.
    The Wildcats have won three straight games vs. FBS teams in recent years, posting victories over the likes of Rutgers in 2004 (35-24), Northwestern in 2006 (34-17) and Marshall in 2007 (48-35).




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