New Hampshire Football Report

Rivalry renewed

The University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College athletic departments announced Thursday that the Wildcat and Big Green football teams will recommence the intrastate rivalry beginning in 2021. The programs will also meet in 2022, 2024 and 2025 for a total of four matchups in a five-year span.

UNH’s state-of-the-art Wildcat Stadium, which opened this past fall and had program-record attendance numbers, will be the site in both 2021 and 2024. The teams will battle at Dartmouth’s Memorial Field in 2022 and 2025.

“The intrastate rivalry with Dartmouth is very important and we are excited to see it renewed,” said 18th-year UNH football head coach Sean McDonnell. “It is a great opportunity for both programs and their fans when the state’s two Division I football programs meet.”

New Hampshire has a 19-18-2 series edge against Dartmouth. This past September at Memorial Field, the Big Green rallied for a 22-21 victory that ended a mark of 13 consecutive Wildcat victories and a 20-game unbeaten streak in the series that dated back to 1979.

The intrastate rivalry began more than a century ago in 1901 with the Big Green victorious each of the first 16 meetings, which spanned until 1972. UNH recorded its first win against Dartmouth at home in 1973 by a score of 10-9. DC won the next matchup, 24-13, on its home field in 1976. The teams next met in 1979 and the 10-10 tie at UNH’s Cowell Stadium was the starting point of the Wildcats’ 20-game unbeaten streak.

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