September 25, 2013

No. 10/7 Football Clashes With No. 21/17 Lehigh on Saturday, Sept. 28 (12:30 p.m.)

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No. 10/7 New Hampshire (1-1, 0-0 CAA) at No. 21/17 Lehigh (3-0, 0-0 Patriot League)
Sept. 28, 2013 • 12:30 p.m. • Goodman Stadium • Bethlehem, Pa.

Video Streaming:
Patriot League Network
Mike Zambelli (play-by-play) • Mike Yadush (analyst) • Al Di Carlo (sideline)
Radio:
 Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Bob Lipman (play-by-play) • Chris Chandler (analyst)
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/lehigh/football/

 

130 WEEKS IN A ROW:   UNH  owns the nation's longest streak of Top-25 appearances with 130 in a row, a stretch that dates back to Sept. 13, 2004, and is an amazing 83 weeks longer than Montana State, which has the country's second-longest ranked streak. James Madison, at a distant 33 straight polls, has the second-longest tenure among CAA programs.

School Consecutive Weeks Ranked
UNH 130
Montana State (2nd in FCS) 47
James Madison (2nd in CAA) 33



 UNH WEEK-BY-WEEK RANKINGS:

WEEK THE SPORTS NETWORK FCS COACHES
Preseason 10 8
Sept. 2 11 8
Sept. 9 12 9
Sept. 16 11 9
Sept. 23 10 7

LAST MEETING - SEPT. 10, 2011 - BETHLEHEM, Pa.– Playing in front of his hometown fans, Joey Orlando scored a career-high three touchdowns, including the 25-yard game-winning reception in overtime, to lift the No. 13/16 UNH football team to a 48-41 triumph over No. 14/14 Lehigh at Goodman Stadium. Orlando notched a career-best 166 receiving yards on 10 catches, matching a personal best. The junior wide receiver also recorded a 17-yard TD reception in the second quarter that put him over 1,000 career receiving yards and returned a punt for a touchdown in the third quarter. UNH (1-1, 0-0 CAA) evened its record by winning its first overtime game since Nov. 18, 2006, at Maine. Lehigh (1-1, 0-0 Patriot League) suffered its first defeat despite rallying from an 18-point, second-half deficit to grab a 41-38 lead with 4:35 remaining in regulation. The Wildcats forced overtime when Mike MacArthur booted a 35-yard field goal with 3:23 left in regulation. Kevin Decker registered the first 300-yard passing game of his career, completing 23 passes in 34 attempts for 330 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for a pair of two-yard touchdowns. Decker’s final throw of the day came on the first play of OT, when he found Orlando in the front left corner of the end zone. Orlando, who was bumped out of bounds on the play, was able to come back into the field of play to make the tumbling reception. Matt Evans tallied a career-high 24 tackles for a defense that recorded three interceptions, including the game-ending interception by Kyle Flemings at the UNH 2. Lehigh quarterback Chris Lum went 36 of 54 for 401 yards and six touchdowns in the losing effort. Jake Drwal led the Mountain Hawks with 11 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns; Zach Barket added 10 receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Orlando’s career-high 56-yard punt return for a TD with 12:29 left in the third increased New Hampshire’s lead to 31-20 following MacArthur’s PAT. It was UNH’s first punt return for a score since Corey Graham’s 51-yarder versus Stony Brook on Sept. 16, 2006. The Wildcats then parlayed their first forced turnover of the season into points when safety Manny Asam picked off Lum at the Mountain Hawks’ 29 and returned it three yards. Two plays later, following a 14-yard run by Dontra Peters (11 carries-44 yards), Decker hit R.J. Harris (eight catches-107 yards-TD) for a 12-yard touchdown, the first of Harris’ career, with 11:51 left in the third quarter for a 38-20 lead. The Wildcat defense snuffed out Lehigh’s next drive when Chris Beranger intercepted Lum’s 3rd-and-10 pass from the UNH 14 in the end zone with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter. n a two-yard touchdown rush. Lum threw his third touchdown pass of the day, a 12-yard strike to Spadola, giving Lehigh a 20-14 lead with 10:18 left in the first half. The fourth lead change of the first half came with 7:16 left before the intermission. The Wildcats went 70 yards on eight plays, culminating with Decker, rolling to his left, finding Orlando in the end zone for a 17-yard scoring pass that permitted UNH to recapture the lead, 21-20. Orlando, who had earlier kept the drive alive by leaping for a six-yard, 4th-and-2 reception at the Lehigh 23, went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career with the touchdown grab. UNH increased its lead to 24-20 on MacArthur’s first field goal of the season, a 25-yarder with 44 seconds remaining in the half. Decker was 4-of-5 for 73 yards on the drive, with Justin Mello making a career-high 31-yard reception and Harris hauling in a pair of passes for 31 yards on the 10-play, 80-yard excursion.

SERIES HISTORY- UNH LEADS, 11-2: UNH has a nine-game winning streak in the series that dates back to 1975. Lehigh’s last win against the Wildcats came during the 1982 season. Coach McDonnell is 2-0 vs the Mountain Hawks, with triumphs in back-to-back seasons (2010-11).

Date H/A UNH Lehigh W L Result
Nov. 29, 1975 A 35 22 1 0 Win
Oct. 20, 1979 H 3 16 1 1 Loss
Oct. 17, 1981 H 13 12 2 1 Win
Oct. 16, 1982 A 17 20 2 2 Loss
Oct. 15, 1983 H 52 28 3 2 Win
Oct. 20, 1984 A 34 10 4 2 Win
Oct. 19, 1985 H 31 17 5 2 Win
Sept. 19, 1992 A 28 14 6 2 Win
Oct. 15, 1994 H 42 10 7 2 Win
Sept. 30, 1995 A 35 14 8 2 Win
Oct. 12, 1996 H 42 27 9 2 Win
Sept. 25, 2010 H 31 10 10 2 Win
Sept. 10, 2011 A 48 41 (OT) 11 2 Win

 SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh University, ranked No. 17/21 in this week’s polls, enters Saturday’s game with a 3-0 overall record after rallying from a 22-3 halftime deficit to defeat Princeton University, 29-28, on the road on Sept. 21. Lehigh’s three wins have been by a combined 11 points; the largest margin of victory was the 51-44 double overtime win vs. Central Connecticut State in which LU erased a 20-point fourth quarter deficit of 37-17. The Mountain Hawks rank second in the nation in passing offense (398.7 yards/game) and sixth in total offense (524.7 yards/game).

LEHIGH PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior quarterback Brandon Bialkowski completed a Lehigh single-game record 42 passes (on 57 attempts) for 430 yards and two touchdowns at Princeton to garner the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award; the 430-yard effort ranks sixth in program history; for the season, Bialkowski is 84 of 125 for 1,171 yards, nine TDs and four interceptions for a 163.25 pass efficiency.  Senior wide receiver Lee Kurfis leads the FCS in receiving yards per game (195.0) and ranks second in both receptions per game (10) and receiving yards (585). Senior running back Keith Sherman leads the ground game with 43 rushes for 231 yards (5.4 yards/carry).  Senior strong safety Tyler Ward has a team-high 33 tackles (17 solo, 16 assisted) and two interceptions.

MILESTONE WATCH: Junior wide receiver R.J. Harris is approaching UNH’s career Top 10 list in both receptions and receiving yards. Harris enters Saturday’s game with 1,862 receiving yards; Calvin Jones (1993-96) is currently No. 10 at 1,913 and that puts Harris 71 yards short of the Top 10. Harris has 141 career receptions; Chris Braune (1986-89) is No. 10 at 155.

MELLO MANIA: Senior WR Justin Mello has notched back-to-back 100-yard receiving games to begin the season.  Coming into the season, Mello’s only previous 100-yard receiving effort came in a home win versus Holy Cross on Oct. 1, 2011, when he made two receptions for 107 yards.

OUT OF THE GATE: The Wildcats have raced out of the gate in both games this season, outscoring their opponents 53-6 in the first half. UNH shut out Central Michigan of the FBS in the season opener and has yet to yield a second-quarter point in 2013.

PRASKY’S PROWESS: After winning the starting punter job during camp, junior Brad Prasky has demonstrated why the coaching staff has faith in him. Prasky leads the CAA and FCS football with a 47.5 yards/punt average, including four punts of 50-plus yards and three inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

GETTING BYE: UNH is 8-6 in the Sean McDonnell era in games following a regular-season bye week. The Wildcats have dropped four of their last six post-bye games. The last time UNH completed its bye weeks this early in the season was in 2011, when the Wildcats had a Sept. 17 bye and then played every Saturday the remainder of the regular season en route to a 8-4 overall record that included 6-2 in the CAA.

INJURY REPORT -WEEK 3:
Player Status
Chris Beranger (concussion), CB Out for Year
Steve Collister (foot), LB/LS Out
Mike DeTroia (arm), WR Probable
R.J. Harris (hand), WR Probable
Chris Houston (left foot), CB Out
Jimmy Owens (knee), RB Probable
Sean Ryan (knee), OL Doubtful
Chris Setian (knee), RB Probable
Tre Williams (concussion), DE Doubtful
Robbie Zauck (knee), DE Out for Year

COACH TO CURE MD WEEKEND: For the sixth year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach To Cure MD program, which will be held during this weekend’s games. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than a million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
    On September 28, UNH coaches will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines and college football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
    Football fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).
    Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at a record 580 different institutions participated in Coach To Cure MD events. Both those figures are higher than in any of the program’s first five years (2008-12).
    Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.

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