New Hampshire Football Report

O’Connor shines in UNH loss

DURHAM – Senior wide receiver Neil O’Connor put together another huge game against Stony Brook, but it wasn’t enough and the University of New Hampshire football team lost to the Seawolves, 35-7, before an announced Homecoming crowd of 17, 687 at Wildcat Stadium on Saturday.

O’Connor had a career-high 14 catches for 156 yards and UNH’s only score. His previous best for catches was 13 in a game at Stony Brook last season. His catches covered 182 yards that day.

UNH fell to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. No. 19 Stony Brook improved to 5-2 and 3-1 league.

The Wildcats play their third straight home game next Saturday against Delaware in Wildcat Stadium at 3:30 p.m. for Family Weekend.

Stony Brook scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the opening half, the first on an interception return and the second on a fumble return.

Senior quarterback Trevor Knight (Amherst) completed 27 of his 48 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown.

The UNH defense came up with a season-best three turnovers and allowed 317 yards of offense.

Junior safety Rick Ellison grabbed his second interception in as many games and Prince Smith, Jr. also had a pick. Sophomore safety Evan Horn forced a fumble that senior tight end John DiCaro recovered.

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