New Hampshire Football Report

Albany runs away from UNH

DURHAM – Junior running back Trevon Bryant (St. Augustine, Fla.) ran for a career-high 112 yards and sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight (Amherst) passed for a pair of touchdowns, but it was not enough and the No. 21 University of New Hampshire football team lost to the University at Albany, 36-25, in front of 7,012 fans in Wildcat Stadium on Saturday.

The Wildcats dropped to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Albany improved to 6-4 and 3-4.

UNH closes out the regular season with a game at Maine on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Albany sophomore running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks carried 39 times for a school record 298 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Bryant had 18 carries and scored a UNH touchdown on a 3-yard run late in the first half. Knight completed 19 of his 33 passes for 176 yards and the two scores.


  • The Wildcats close out the regular season at Maine on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.
  • Maine won at Stony Brook, 27-21, on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Black Bears, like New Hampshire, are 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the league.
  • Both teams will look to get to 7-4 to stay in contention for a possible spot in the NCAA Division I FCS tournament.


  • Senior running back Dalton Crossan (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) scored the only TD of the quarter on an 18-yard pass from Knight.
  • Knight ran for a two-point conversion
  • Crossan left the game later in the quarter with an injury.


  • Knight pushed the lead to 15-0 with an 8-yard TD pass to sophomore Rory Donovan (Canton, Mass.) with 8:12 left.
  • Bryant’s 3-yard TD upped it 22-0 with 2:56 left in the half.
  • Jordan Crockett scored on an 11-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Will Brunson with 34 seconds left to cut the lead to 22-7.


  • The Great Danes outscored UNH 15-3 in the third quarter to enter the fourth down 25-22.
  • Ibitokun-Hanks scored his first TD on a 1-yard run with 13:18 left in the period.
  • Junior Morgan Ellman (Scotch Plains, N.J.) upped UNH’s lead to 25-14 with a 20-yard field goal with 8:38 left in the period.
  • Ibitokun-Hanks scored on a 2-yard run with 1:14 left in the quarter.


  • Albany scored a pair of touchdowns for the only points of the fourth quarter.
  • Brunson, making his first start, scored the first on a 4-yard run to give Albany its first lead at 29-25 with 8:32 left.
  • Ibitokun-Hanks closed the scoring with a 13-yard run on a 4th and 1 play with 3:19 to go.


  • The Wildcats had 376 yards of total offense, 194 passing and 182 rushing.
  • Ibitokun-Hanks had 298 yards. Albany as a team, thanks in part to a couple of knee-downs in the closing minute, had 295 rushing yards as a team.
  • Albany had 441 yards of total offense.
  • Crossan rushed five times for 37 yards and caught three passes for 39 yards and the score before leaving the game with concussion issues.
  • The TD reception was his third of the season.
  • Donovan led the Wildcats with seven catches for 79 yards.
  • The touchdown catch was his third of the season.
  • Freshman Pop Lacey (Reading, Pa.) led the Wildcats with nine tackles.
  • Senior defensive end Cam Shorey (Calais, Maine) had UNH’s lone sack.
  • Shorey also forced a fumble and had five tackles total.
  • Redshirt freshman Michael Balsamo (Atkinson) also forced a fumble.
  • Albany, which leads the CAA in turnover margin, did not lose a fumble or interception.
  • Knight was intercepted once for UNH’s lone turnover.

Rushing: UNH 40-182. ALB 46-295.
Passing: UNH 21-35-194-1, 2 TDs. ALB 12-20-146-0 1 TD.
Total Offense: UNH 75-376. ALB 66-441.
1st Downs: UNH- 23. ALB 22.
Time of Possession: UNH 29:34. ALB 30:26.
Penalties: UNH 7-53. ALB 9-93.
Turnovers: UNH 1. ALB 0.

Rushing: UNH – Bryant  18-112. ALB – Ibitokun-Hanks  39-298.
Receiving: UNH- Donovan 7-79. ALB – Ellis – 3-44, 1 TD.
Passing: UNH- Knight 19-33-176, 2 TDs. ALB – Brunson 12-20-146, 1 TD.
Tackles: UNH- Lacey 9-0-9. ALB – Michael Nicastro 7-4-11.

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