New Hampshire Football Report

UNH handles Elon at home

UNH 16, ELON 6: Box Score

DURHAM – Junior linebacker Jared Kuehl led an impressive defensive performance and junior quarterback Trevor Knight completed 32 of his 42 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 18 New Hampshire to a 16-6 triumph over No. 7 Elon in front of a Salute to Service crowd of 7,294 in Wildcat Stadium on Saturday.

The Wildcats improved to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. They snapped Elon’s win streak at eight games and handed the Phoenix their first league loss of the season. Elon is 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the CAA.

UNH has one regular season game remaining at Albany on Saturday. Albany dropped to 4-6 overall and 1-6 in the CAA with a 22-3 loss at Delaware on Saturday.

Kuehl had six tackles including a quarterback sack and also had a fumble recovery.

The Wildcats opened a 16-0 lead before giving up a touchdown with just over three minutes to play.

Elon was averaging 24.4 point a game coming into Saturday. The Wildcats held the Phoenix to 31 yards rushing and 315 yards of total offense. Elon had averaged 187.9 rushing yards and 394 total yards a game.


  • UNH had 107 yards of offense and Elon 75 in a scoreless first period.


Knight connected with sophomore tight end Justin Malone-Woods for an 11-yard TD pass with 3:32 left in the quarter.

  • Senior Morgan Ellman kicked the extra point.
  • UNH had 205 yards of offense in the first half.
  • Elon had 165 yards of offense in the half.
  • It was the first time this year that Elon was held scoreless in the first half.
  • Knight was 19 for 24 in the first half for 188 yards.


  • The Wildcats opened the half with a 17-play, 84-yard scoring drive that took 8 minutes, 47 seconds.
  • Sophomore Evan Gray capped it with a 2-yard scoring run with 6:08 left.
  • A Knight pass for the two-point conversion was intercepted and it was 13-0.
  • Junior linebacker Jared Kuehl recovered an Elon fumble two plays later.
  • Elon forced a Max Pedinoff punt that was fumbled and Nick Lubischer recovered.
  • The Wildcats took advantage of the turnover with Pedinoff’s 31-yard field goal to make it 16-0 with 2:32 left.


  • Davis Cheek connected with De’Sean McNair for a 23-yard TD pass to break up the shutout.
  • Cheek’s conversion pass was incomplete and UNH led 16-6 with 3:16 left.


  • The touchdown for Malone-Woods was his first of the season and second of his career.
  • Gray’s touchdown was his sixth of the season and seventh of his career.
  • Pedinoff made one 31-yard field goal and missed another. He’s made four of his six field goal attempts this season.
  • Sophomore Malik Love had 11 catches for 64 yards.
  • Junior Kieran Presley had a pair of catches for 58 yards.
  • Junior Neil O’Connor had eight catches for 74 yards.
  • Sophomore defensive back Prince Smith, Jr. and sophomore linebacker Quinlen Dean each had seven tackles to lead the Wildcats.
  • Junior defensive end Jae’Wuan Horton had the other quarterback sack to go with Kuehl’s.
  • Senior defensive tackle Rick Holt had six tackles and a fumble recovery.
  • Elon was called for two penalties for 17 yards.
  • But Kuehl drew a holding penalty on a pass play in the second quarter that negated an Elon touchdown.
  • UNH had a 38:17 to 21:43 edge in time of possession.
  • The Wildcats came up with three Elon turnovers. UNH turned the ball over once.
  • Gray led UNH rushers with 18 carries for 38 yards.
  • Sophomore safety Pop Lacey and running backs Donald Goodrich and Jerickson Fedrick were among the Wildcats who missed the game because of injury.

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