DURHAM, N.H. – UNH head football coach Sean McDonnell announced the team's 2011 schedule on Tuesday, which begins with a contest versus the University of Toledo, a Football Bowl Subdivision school, on Thursday, Sept. 1, includes the second Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium against the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 22 and concludes with the Battle for the Brice-Cowell Musket against the University of Maine on Nov. 19 at Cowell Stadium.
UNH, which has won of five of its last six games against FBS schools, opens the '11 season at the Glass Bowl against Toledo on Sept. 1, renewing a series that ran from 1947-49, with the Rockets capturing the first three encounters. New Hampshire's first postseason game in school history came against Toledo in the Glass Bowl on Dec. 6, 1947, before the teams met at Cowell Stadium during the next two regular seasons.
"The 2011 schedule again will be a very challenging one for our program, starting at FBS Toledo and including three FCS playoff teams from this past season," McDonnell said. "It makes for an exciting opportunity to continue to compete on the national level and take on our traditional regional rivals as well."
The Wildcats visit Bethlehem, Pa., for a matchup against defending Patriot League champion Lehigh University on Sept. 10. UNH posted a 31-10 triumph over the Mountain Hawks in Durham last season and leads the all-time series, 10-2.
New Hampshire plays its home opener against Central State University from Wilberforce, Ohio, on Sept. 17 at Cowell Stadium. It will be the first gridiron meeting between the two schools.
UNH visits the University of Richmond on Sept. 24 for its first CAA battle of the season. The Spiders will be seeking to avenge last year's 17-0 Homecoming loss at Cowell Stadium, which was the Wildcats' school-record 12th straight home victory.
Villanova pays a visit to Cowell Stadium on Oct. 8 in the CAA's showdown of the Wildcats. 'Nova holds an 11-10 lead in the all-time series, but New Hampshire has captured the schools' regular-season tilts in each of the past two years.
On Oct. 15, UNH plays its first league road game against the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. The Tribe snapped the Wildcats' 12-game home winning streak by virtue of a 13-3 victory Nov. 6, 2010.
The second edition of the Colonial Clash pits UNH against UMass at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 22; the Wildcats won the inaugural clash, 39-13, last season.
New Hampshire entertains the University of Rhode Island on Oct. 29 in the 85th meeting between the two squads. The Rams ended a six-game skid against the Wildcats at Meade Stadium last year, 28-25, but haven't won in Durham since 2003.
The Wildcats play host to James Madison University on Nov. 5. While the Dukes hold a 7-6 advantage in the all-time series, UNH stunned JMU, 28-14, last year for coach McDonnell's first road victory at Bridgeforth Stadium.
UNH plays its final regular-season road game at Towson University on Nov. 12. The Wildcats are 7-0 all-time versus the Tigers, including a 38-19 win at Cowell Stadium last Nov. 20.
For the 12th time in 13 years, UNH caps the regular season with a traditional confrontation against Maine. The Wildcats will be the home team for the Nov. 19 finale, looking to defeat the Black Bears for the eighth time in nine years.
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2011 UNH FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (caps/bold = home)
Saturday, Sept. 10 at Lehigh
Saturday, Sept. 17 CENTRAL STATE
Saturday, Sept. 24 at Richmond
Saturday, Oct. 1 Bye
Saturday, Oct. 8 VILLANOVA
Saturday, Oct. 15 at William & Mary
Saturday, Oct. 22 at UMass (at Gillette Stadium)
Saturday, Oct. 29 RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, Nov. 5 JAMES MADISON
Saturday, Nov. 12 at Towson