Football Announces Series With Traditional Rivals
|Matt Parent vs. Colgate (2005)|
DURHAM, N.H. – The UNH athletics department announced Monday agreements to resume traditional football rivalries with Dartmouth College, the College of the Holy Cross, Colgate University and the University of Rhode Island in a series of home-and-home games. The first game in this collective series is slated for October 1, 2011, against Holy Cross at Cowell Stadium.
"We are very excited to announce this series of games against strong regional opponents with proud football traditions," UNH Director of Athletics Marty Scarano said. "Combining our membership in the CAA, the best FCS league in the country, with strong non-conference foes is what allows our football program to compete for a national championship year in and year out."
The Wildcats will play host to Dartmouth on Sept. 27, 2014, before visiting the Big Green on Sept. 17, 2016. UNH holds an 18-17-2 edge in the all-time series that dates back to Oct. 2, 1901. Dartmouth won the first 16 gridiron meetings, but the Wildcats have responded with a 19-game unbeaten streak, including 12 consecutive wins. The intrastate foes last squared off on Sept. 26, 2009, with New Hampshire posting a 44-14 Granite Bowl victory in Durham.
|Scott Sicko vs Rhode Island (2009)|
Following this upcoming season's battle against Holy Cross, resuming a series that has been dormant for 27 seasons, the Wildcats will tangle with the Crusaders in Worcester, Mass., in a return engagement Sept. 1, 2012. Holy Cross leads the series, 6-5, including a 13-7 win in the first-ever meeting Nov. 19, 1921. New Hampshire won the most recent encounter, 14-13, on Nov. 10, 1984.
UNH welcomes perennial Patriot League power Colgate to Mooradian Field on Sept. 14, 2013, with a return date in Hamilton, N.Y., slated for Sept. 2, 2015. The Wildcats boast a 4-1 record in the all-time series, which began Nov. 22, 1986, and was last reprised in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs –a 55-21 New Hampshire triumph.
The UNH-Colgate series follows on the heels of the Wildcats' renewal of a series against another upper-echelon Patriot League school, Lehigh University. The Mountain Hawks, defending PL champions, fell at UNH, 31-10, on Sept. 25, and will entertain the Wildcats in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sept. 10, 2011.
Current league rival Rhode Island leaves the CAA following the 2012 season, but UNH and URI will continue their long-standing series that dates back to 1905 in a non-conference capacity when the 'Cats visit Meade Stadium on Sept. 21, 2013, and welcome the Rams to Cowell Stadium on Sept. 20, 2014.
|Sean Ware vs Dartmouth (2009)|
New Hampshire holds a 52-27-5 lead all time, but Rhody came away with a win in the most recent clash, 28-25, on Sept. 18, 2010.
"It is important for us to continue working with each of these schools to create a partnership that will extend these mutually-beneficial series beyond the two games we are announcing today," Scarano said. "It strengthens all of our programs and fortifies our unified dedication to FCS football in the region."
By adding Holy Cross to this year's schedule, New Hampshire reached a mutual agreement with Central State University of Ohio to not play the originally scheduled game Sept. 17. That will now serve as UNH's bye weekend.
"We thank Central State for agreeing that it was in the best interest of both schools to rework their schedules in order to do what was best for their respective programs, and we wish them the best of luck this season," Scarano said.
2011 UNH FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (caps/bold = home)
Saturday, Sept. 10 at Lehigh
Saturday, Sept. 17 BYE
Saturday, Sept. 24 at Richmond
Saturday, Oct. 1 HOLY CROSS
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
Saturday, Nov. 19 MAINE
For more information on UNH football, visit www.unhwildcats.com.