FOOTBALL TOPS HOFSTRA IN THE WIND AND RAIN, 18-10
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.— On a windy
rain-soaked field, senior kicker Tom Manning (Rome, N.Y.) kicked a
school record 54 yard field goal with 10 minutes left to play and a
44 yarder with 5:36 to play, to lead the University of New
Hampshire to an 18-10 Colonial Athletic Association victory over
Hofsra University at Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Wildcats improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the CAA, while Hofstra falls to 4-4 and 2-3 in the conference.
Manning booted an amazing 54 yard field goal with 10:00 to play in the contest to give UNH a 13-7 advantage in the contest. The ball sailed through the uprights and broke UNH’s all-time record of 53 yards set by Dave Taggart vs. Northeastern on Oct. 22, 1977. It also broke the Shuart Stadium record set in 2008 of 53 yards.
On the next Hofstra drive, the Pride was forced to punt, but the snap was high and went into the endzone and the Wildcats picked up two points on a safety with 8:30 to play and UNH led by eight points, 15-7.
Manning came back on the field again and nailed a 44 yard field goal with 5:36 to play in the contest to increase the UNH lead to 18-7 and the ‘Cats were up by 11 points.
Hofstra’s Henry Greco kicked a 38 yard field goal with 2:34 to play to cut the lead to 18-10. The Pride then got the football on their own 46 yard line with 2:31 to play in the game after a successful onside kick and proceeded to move the football down the field and got down to the UNH 6 yard line with under a minute to play in the game on fourth down and 6 and a QB Cory Christopher overthrew his intended receiver Everett Benjamin in the end zone, who was covered by sophomore Ryan McGuinness (Howell, N.J.). UNH took over with the football on the 6 yard line with 38 seconds to play and ran out the clock after taking a knee.
In UNH’s opening drive of the second half, junior quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) scrambled left and threw a pass to the endzone for 40 yards to sophomore Mickey Mangieri (Bedford, N.Y.) who bobbled the catch and kept his feet in bounds to make the circus catch and the Wildcats led the game 10-0 with 13:21 to go in the third quarter after the PAT by Manning. The drive was 5 plays and covered 81 yards.
Hofstra bounced back with a long drive of their own that ended with a 3 yard TD run by Christopher at 5:56 of the third quarter and the Wildcat lead was cut to 10-7.
In the first half, the only scoring came after senior defensive lineman Jordan Long (Springfield, Mass.) recovered a fumble on the 22 yard line of Hostra, but the Wildcats were unable to get into the end zone. However, Manning came in and kicked a 30 yard field goal with 11:35 to play in the first period to take an early 3-0 lead that held right into the intermission.
One of the key stats of the first half was time of possession, as UNH had the ball for just 8:56 as compared to 21:04 by Hofstra. The Pride also outgained the Wildcats by a 143-72 margin. Hofsra also suffered three turnovers wth two fumbles lost and one interception, while UNH fumbled just before the half and the Pride recovered to run out the half.
Toman finished the game with 14 for 21 for 148 yards and no intereceptions and had the one TD pass to Mangieiri. Leading the running game was senior Chad Kackert for 10 carries for 75 yards and no TD. Senior tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) had four catches for 28 yards.
Defensively, junior linebacker Devon Jackson (Williamstown, N.J.) led UNH with 11 tackles and senior linebacker Sean Ware (Bristol, Conn.) had 10 in the contest. Senior corner Ryan Hinds (Toronto, Ont.) had an interception. Senior defensive lineman Kyle Maroney (Brockport, N.Y.) had two forced fumbles and sacks.
UNH returns home on Oct. 31 vs. Northeastern. Game time is 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium and tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com.