New Hampshire Football Report

Dartmouth rallies to beat UNH

HANOVER – Dartmouth overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to updend the 22nd ranked University of New Hampshire football team Saturday night at Memorial Field.

UNH had won 13 straight in the series and was unbeaten the previous 20 meetings (18-0-2) dating back to Dartmouth’s previous win in 1976. The Wildcats are now 1-2, while this was the season opener for the Big Green, which outscored UNH 15-0 in the final 15 minutes.

  • New Hampshire travels to the University of Rhode Island (0-3) for a Sept. 24 matchup. Game time at Meade Stadium is 1 p.m.


  • UNH outgained Dartmouth 55-53 in the opening 15 minutes of the game, but the Big Green capitalized on a Wildcat turnover and subsequent short field to hold a 7-0 lead and the end of the first quarter.
  • Jack Heneghan’s 7-yard TD pass to Houston Brown capped a 5-play, 19-yard drive at 3:47.



  • New Hampshire’s defense tied the score with a pick-six at 3:08and the ‘Cats forced another turnover that led to another touchdown as UNH outscored the home team 14-0 in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead into halftime.
  • Dartmouth began a second drive deep in UNH territory following a fumble recovery at the 14-yard line at 11:32. The defense pushed the Big Green backward 6 yards to force a 37-yard field goal attempt by David Smith that was short, which kept the score 7-0.
  • On the next Dartmouth possession, the Big Green faced 3rd-and-6 at the UNH 39 and the Wildcat duo from Plymouth combined to produce the Wildcats’ first score of the game. Kyle Reisert forced his way through the middle of the line to hurry Heneghan’s throw, and Jared Kuehl stepped in front of the intended receiver at the UNH 39 and raced down the right sideline into the end zone. Morgan Ellman made the ensuing PAT to tie the score, 7-7.
  • With DC facing 3rd-and-22 at its 11, Ryder Stone broke free down the right sideline, but Casey DeAndrade punched the ball out from behind at the UNH 25 and Rick Ellison  fell on the ball at the 14 to give possession to the ‘Cats with 2:00remaining in the half.
  • Knight orchestrated a 10-play, 86-yard drive that culminated in a 27-yard pass from Trevor Knight (Amherst) to Kieran Presley on a post pattern, and Ellman’s PAT gave the ‘Cats a 14-7 lead with 17 seconds on the clock.


  • UNH scored the only points of the quarter to extend its lead to 21-7 through 45 minutes.
  • The Wildcats marched 88 yards in 10 plays to create the 14-point margin. On 3rd-and-goal from the 8, Knight stepped up in the pocket, fired a pass and Justin Malone-Woods made a diving catch in the middle of the end zone. Ellman once again converted the PAT kick.


  • Dartmouth began its comeback with a 15-play, 48-yard drive that ended with Smith’s 28-yard field goal at 13:45 that trimmed the deficit to 21-10.
  • DeAndrade forced another fumble that teammate Quinlen Dean recovered at the UNH 42 and returned 8 yards to give the Wildcats possession at 10:25.
  • Adam Riese, who entered the game on the previous drive, advanced UNH 33 yards in four plays, but then a holding call pushed the ball back to the Dartmouth 27. On the next play, Colin Boit intercepted the ball and returned it 42 yards to set up 1st-and-10 at the UNH 44.
  • The Big Green faced 4th & 1 at the 23, and Heneghan extended the drive with a 19-yard completion to Brown. One play later, he avoided the rush and floated a pass to Emory Thompson for a 4-yard TD. Dartmouth went for a 2-point conversion, but Heneghan’s pass to Drew Hunnicutt was failed.
  • UNH was forced to a 3-and-out, which gave possession back to Dartmouth 1st-and-10 at the Dartmouth 20 with 3:35 to play.
  • On 3rd-and-7 at the UNH 42, Heneghan connected with Thompson for a 37-yard gain. On 2nd-and-goal, Heneghan rolled to his left and drilled a 1-yard TD pass to Charles Mack to give the Big Green a 22-21 lead with 1:40 remaining. Dartmouth once again was stopped short on Heneghan’s keeper on the 2-point PAT attempt.
  • With the Wildcats facing fourth and 3 at the UNH 37, Knight reentered the game at quarterback and completed a 4-yard pass toMalik Love to extend the Wildcats’ possession.
  • UNH faced fourth and 1 at the 50 with 34 seconds on the clock, but a false start pushed the Wildcats back 5 yards. Knight was sacked by Brennan Cascarano to secure victory for Dartmouth.


  • The pick-six was Kuehl’s first career interception.
  • Both Presley and Malone-Woods scored a TD on their first career receptions.
  • Love finished with career highs in both receptions (13) and receiving yards (108).
  • Dalton Crossan had 188 all-purpose yards with 12 carries for 45 yards, 10 catches for 44 yards and four kickoff returns for 89 yards.
  • DeAndrade finished with two forced fumbles, eight tackles (7-1-8).


Rushing: UNH 28-123. DC 35-206.

Passing: UNH 29-45-215-1, 2 TDs. DC 22-46-229-2, 3 TDs.

Total Offense: UNH 73-338. DC 81-435.

1st Downs: UNH- 20. DC- 19.

Time of Possession: UNH 29:04. DC- 30:56.

Penalties: UNH 7-52. DC 8-71.

Turnovers: UNH- 3. DC- 4.

Rushing: UNH- Dalton Crossan 12-45. DC- Ryder Stone 7-90.

Receiving: UNH- Malik Love 13-108. DC- Houston Brown 8-99, 1 TD.

Passing: UNH- Trevor Knight 24-36-170-0, 2 TDs. DC- Jack Heneghan 22-46-229-2, 3 TDs.

Tackles: UNH- Devaughn Chollette 7-4-11. DC- Folarin Orimolade 4-5-9.

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