New Hampshire Football Report

UNH runs past Villanova

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Carlos Washington, Jr.  carried the ball 17 times for a career-high 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 34-0 victory against Villanova University at Villanova Stadium.

Washington, Jr. set the tone early in the game with a 75-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage. He also scored on a 16-yard scamper in the second quarter.

UNH quarterback Trevor Knight completed 13 of 23 passes for 158 yards. He also had eight carries for 27 yards, including touchdown runs of 11 and 7 yards.

Neil O’Connor  had a game-high six catches for 79 yards. Kieran Presley  had four receptions for a game-high 79 yards.

UNH’s offense had 43 rushes for 246 yards, both of which are season highs. UNH finished with 404 total yards and the defense held Villanova to 164 total yards, which is the low by an opponent in 2018.

The UNH defense made nine tackles for loss, including four sacks.

Ryan Sosnak finished with a game-high seven tackles with two tackles for loss, including one sack. Rick Ellison and Pop Lacey had six tackles apiece; Ellison made two stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Josh Kania finished with four tackles; he also forced a fumble that he recovered.

UNH is now 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the CAA. Villanova fell to 3-5, 0-5.


  •  UNH has won four straight against Villanova to improve to 13-11 all-time. The three previous meetings were in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
  • This was UNH’s first game at Villanova Stadium since 2010.
  • This was New Hampshire’s largest margin of victory in the series since Oct. 1, 2005 (41-17 at Wildcat Stadium).
  • This is the second shutout in 24 lifetime meetings between the programs. UNH also won by a score of 34-0 on Nov. 9, 1996.
  • This was UNH’s second shutout of the season. The Wildcats prevailed 28-0 against College of the Holy Cross on Oct. 6.
  • Prior to this year, the last time New Hampshire shut out two opponents in a season was 1976 — 13-0 vs. Boston U. and 23-0 vs. UMass.
  •  UNH’s most recent shutout on the road was Oct, 6 1990 (19-0 at University of Richmond).
  • UNH entered the game averaging 65.4 yards per game with a long rush of 36 yards. Washington, Jr. obliterated those numbers with the 75-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.
  • The last time UNH had a 70+ yard run was Nov. 17, 2012, when Andy Vailas has a 77-yard TD run vs. Towson University.
  • UNH established season highs in points (34), rushes (43), rushing yards (246), yards per rush (5.7), rushing TDs (four), yards per pass (6.9), yards per play (6.1).
  •   Junior cornerback Isiah Perkins also made his 100th career tackle with his one stop in the Battle of the Wildcats.
  • Senior running back Trevon Bryant surpassed 1,000 career yards. Bryant’s 35 yards Saturday increased his total to 1,008. career yards.

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