– The ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire
football team opened up the 2010 season in impressive fashion,
dominating Central Connecticut State University, 33-3, before a
crowd of 7,419 at Cowell Stadium Saturday afternoon. Senior
Fox (Piscataway, N.J.) set the tone by returning the game's
opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, and sophomore running
Peters (Annapolis, Md.) rushed 19 times for a career-high 197
yards and two scores.
UNH (1-0) jumped in front just 16 seconds into the game when Fox, making his first appearance since the 2008 season, registered the first kick-return score of his career. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and the Wildcats had a 6-0 lead.
New Hampshire added another big play later in the first quarter when Peters burst through the line on a 4th-and-1 play, making the gamble pay off when he raced 47 yards for a touchdown. Sophomore kicker A.J. DeLago (Menards, N.Y.) tacked on the extra point, capping an eight-play, 79-yard drive that gave the Wildcats a 13-0 lead with 8:07 remaining in the opening period.
The lead increased to 19-0 with 10:22 remaining in the first half when Peters ran inside left tackle, going 15 yards for his second scoring run of the afternoon. The extra point went wide right. The scoring drive took seven plays and covered 53 yards in 3:11.
The 'Cats moved in front, 26-0, with 6:23 left in the second quarter. Facing 3rd-and-goal from the three-yard line, senior quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) lobbed a scoring pass to junior tight end Chris Jeannot (Moon Township, Pa.) in the back of the end zone, and DeLago added the extra point to finish off the four-play, 30-yard drive.
Central Connecticut State (0-1) got on the board when freshman kicker Steven Calitri (Gilman, Conn.) booted a 29-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, cutting New Hampshire's lead to 26-3.
The only points scored in the second half came courtesy of UNH sophomore defensive lineman Randi Vines (Oxnard, Calif.), who intercepted a pass from Blue Devils junior quarterback Gunnar Jespersen (Atascadero, Calif.) and took it back 30 yards for a pick-six with 12:50 left in the fourth quarter. An extra point by redshirt freshman kicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) provided the final margin.
Sophomore linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) spearheaded the ferocious Wildcats' defensive effort with a game-high 14 tackles, including five solo stops and a half-sack. Senior safety John Greer (Buffalo, N.Y.) added 10 tackles (five solo) and a sack. UNH held CCSU's vaunted ground attack to a grand total of 220 yards of offense and only 86 rushing yards on 39 carries (2.2 yards per carry).
The Wildcats hit the road to challenge FBS No. 15 Pittsburgh at Heinz Field next Saturday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. Tickets in the designated UNH section are $30 each and can be purchased by calling or visiting the Whittemore Center Box Office Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To order tickets by phone, call the Box Office at (603) 862-4000 x 5.