New Hampshire Football Report

UNH comeback falls short

EAST KINGSTON, R.I. – Carlos Washington, Jr. rushed for 109 yards and a career-best three touchdowns and Jared Kuehl notched a season-best 11 tackles, including a career-high-matching two sacks, but the University of New Hampshire football team saw its season end with a 24-21 loss to the University of Rhode Island at Meade Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Tommy Herion came off the bench to complete 14 of 29 passes for 166 yards to help New Hampshire (4-7, 3-5 CAA) rally for 21 points in the second half and nearly mount a comeback from what was a 17-0 third-quarter lead for Rhode Island (6-5, 4-4 CAA).

Trevor Knight completed 6 of 11 passes for 55 yards before leaving the game with an injury. He finished his UNH career ranked among the all-time best quarterbacks in career completions (590, fifth), passing yards (6,345, sixth) and pass attempts (1,005, sixth).

Seniors Kieran Presley and Neil O’Connor shared team-high honors with six receptions apiece; Presley totaled 71 receiving yards while O’Connor chalked up 67 yards.

O’Connor ended his career ranked No. 3 in program history in career receptions (235) and receiving yards (3,117).

Kuehl, who led the team with eight solo tackles, spearheaded a UNH defensive effort that recorded five sacks, 10 tackles for loss and forced one turnover. Kyle Reisert tallied a sack and a fumble recovery, while Jae’Wuan Horton  recorded six tackles (five solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.

Rhode Island quarterback JaJuan Lawson (11-for-21, 116 yards, TD; 15 rushes, 27 yards, TD) recorded a rushing and passing touchdown, and Ahmere Dorsey ran a kickoff back 95 yards for a TD to help the Rams snap a seven-game losing streak in the all-time series and clinch their first winning season since 2001.

The Wildcats saw their three-game winning streak halted and sustained their first losing season since 2003.

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