New Hampshire Football Report

Brosmer’s been rushing around

New Hampshire and Rhode Island were tied 24-24 with less than a minute to play Saturday night when the Wildcats faced a third-and-four situation from their own 34-yard line. Anything but a first down likely meant UNH would have to give the ball to URI and increase the risk of opening the season 0-3.

After finding no open receiver when he dropped back to pass, UNH quarterback Max Brosmer found some room on the right side and picked up eight yards and a first down. Brosmer completed a 41-yard pass to wide receiver Brian Espanet on the next play, which set up a field goal as time expired to give the Wildcats a 27-24 victory.

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“I knew we had to get the ball past the first down (marker) if we were going to have a shot at winning the game without going to OT, and I didn’t want to force the ball because forcing it might cause a turnover,” Brosmer said. “I took my reads and nothing was open. There were some tight holes, but I didn’t want to force the ball, so once I got through my reads I kind of just took off and there was a huge spot for me to get a first down.”

Michael Perry, Brosmer’s coach at Centennial High School in Roswell, Ga., probably chuckled when he heard about that third-and-four play.

“Our staff used to give him a hard time about his running,” Perry explained. “Even though he ran for more than 600 yards as a senior he was not the fleetest of foot as a quarterback out there.”


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