New Hampshire Football Report

UNH extends winning streak

ELON, N.C. –  Morgan Ellman kicked a 35-yard field goal with 2:09 remaining and Prince Smith, Jr.  broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone with 36 seconds to play to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to Friday night’s 13-10 come-from-behind victory against Elon University at Rhodes Stadium.

UNH, which outgained the hosts 391-241, won its third consecutive game to improve to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the CAA. Elon is now 2-4, 1-2.

Dalton Crossan  carried the ball a career-high 28 times for 152 yards as part of 189 all-purpose yards. Trevor Knight (Amherst) completed 22 of 43 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown; he also had 12 carries for 45 yards. Pop Lacey recorded game-high 13 tackles, and Jared Kuehl (Plymouth) had eight tackles, including two for a loss, with a forced fumble and fumble recovery.


  • UNH returns to action Oct. 15 at home against nationally-ranked James Madison University. Game time at Wildcat Stadium is 12 p.m.
  • The game will be televised live on American Sports Network and NESN Plus.


  • On the game’s opening drive, UNH marched 75 yards on 14 plays to take a 7-0 lead at 9:28, and that was the score at the end of the quarter.
  • Sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight completed 3 of 5 passes for 25 yards and carried the ball twice for 7 yards on the scoring drive, which was capped by a 7-yard pass to Jelani Greene for his first career TD.
  • Crossan had six rushes for 28 yards on the opening drive.


  • Elon closed within 7-3 at 7:03 on John Gallagher’s 39-yard field goal that capped an 8-play, 35-yard drive that was set up by Khalil Moore’s interception at the Elon 43.
  • UNH responded with a 13-play, 70-yard drive, but lost the ball on downs to keep the score 7-3. Facing 4th-and-goal from the Elon 3, the Wildcats lined up for a 20-yard field goal attempt. Knight rose from the kneeling position when the ball was snapped and angled for the left pylon, but Moore knocked him out of bounds short of the goal line.
  • The Wildcats had a fruitless 11-play, 42-yard drive when Ellman missed a 39-yard field goal attempt wide right with 18 seconds left until halftime.


  • Elon’s defense converted its third turnover into a TD when Daniel Everett scored on a 21-yard fumble return at 4:08 to give the Phoenix a 10-7 lead.
  • UNH was held to a 3-and-out on the next possession, but Cody Rothwell recovered the fumbled punt return to give the ‘Cats 1st-and-10 and the Elon 31.
  • Eight plays later, Ellman’s 46-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Malcolm Galloway.


  • UNH’s defense forced a 3-and-out to start the quarter, then New Hampshire marched 56 yards in 14 plays as Ellman’s 40-yard field goal tied the score, 10-10, at 10:07.
  • Elon responded with a drive that stalled at the UNH 10 and Gallagher booted a 27[yard field goal attempt wide left to keep the score deadlocked. Including his second-quarter field goal, Gallagher was 9-for-9 on the season prior to that miss.
  • Bolstered by Crossan’s 30-yard run, the Wildcats quickly advanced the ball to the Elon 25. Then on 4th-and-3 from the 18, Ellman kicked a 35-yard field goal attempt between the uprights to put the ‘Cats back in front, 13-10, at 2:09.
  • Elon converted 4th-and-8 on a 21-yard completion to move the ball to midfield, and that was followed by a 13-yard pass to advance into UNH territory at the 37. Three straight incompletions, one of which was a Jared Kuehl breakup, led to fourth down with 43 seconds on the clock.
  • Daniel Thompson’s pass intended for Cole Taylor as he entered the end zone on the right side was deflected away by Smith, Jr. to force the Phoenix to lose possession on downs.
  • Knight took one knee to run out the remaining 36 seconds and secure the victory.

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