New Hampshire Football Report

UNH drops to 0-2

DURHAM –Junior linebacker Quinlen Dean posted a career-high 16 tackles to lead an impressive defense effort, but the University of New Hampshire football team came up short against Colgate, 10-3, in its home opener Saturday night in front of a crowd of 11,433 in Wildcat Stadium.

The Wildcats, who dropped their first game of the season at Maine on Aug. 30, fell to 0-2. Colgate improved to 2-0.

Dean had two tackles for a loss and also forced a Colgate fumble.

Senior wide receiver Neil O’Connor led the UNH offense with 10 catches for 111 yards.

Sophomore quarterback Christian Lupoli made his first career start in place of senior Trevor Knight. Knight injured his shoulder in the opener against Maine. Lupoli completed 14 of his 24 passes for 133 yards. 


  • The Wildcats play their FBS game against Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder on Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
  • Colorado has a 2-0 record.
  • The Buffaloes went on the road and knocked off Nebraska, 33-28, Saturday afternoon.
  • They beat Colorado State, 45-13, in their opener Aug. 31 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
  • The Wildcats won their FBS game, 22-12, against Georgia Southern last season.
  • UNH has a week off after Colorado and then plays at Elon on Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Wildcats next home game is against Holy Cross on Oct. 6 at noon for STEM Day.


The teams played a scoreless period.

  •  Sophomore safety Evan Horn (Lebanon, Pa.) picked off a Colgate pass for UNH’s first turnover of the season.



  • Colgate quarterback Grant Breneman opened the scoring with a 1-yard run with 10:05 left in the period.
  • Sophomore Jason Hughes  got the Wildcats on the board with a 30-yard field goal with 4:16 left in the period.
  • Chris Puzzi answered with a 40-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the half to give Colgate a 10-7 lead


  • Senior Neil O’Connor had all seven of UNH’s pass receptions for 74 yards through three quarters.
  • There was no scoring in the third.
  • Wildcat junior Mitch McPike missed a 36-yard field goal.


* Puzzi missed a 42-yard field goal with 7:12 left in the quarter.


  • Dean’s previous high was 16 tackles last season against Albany.
  • Horn’s interception was the fourth of his career.
  • Senior tackle Ryan Sosnak and senior defensive end Jae’Wuan Horton (Stafford, Va.) each had a pair of sacks.
  • Dean and sophomore defensive end Brian Carter each had half a sack.
  • Sosnak and Rick Ellison  each had six tackles.
  • The Wildcats held Colgate to 214 yards of offense.
  • The defense allowed Colgate to convert only two of 15 third down chances.
  • UNH had 206 yards of offense and was four for 14 on third downs.
  • Junior Evan Gray rushed nine times for 29 yards and senior Trevon Bryant 10 times for 25 yards.

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