New Hampshire Football Report

Defense carries UNH

DURHAM – Senior defensive end Brian Carter (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) had a couple of quarterback sacks to lead the defense and senior running back Evan Gray (Centreville, Va.) rushed for 99 yards to pace the offense as the University of New Hampshire football team put together a complete game to knock off Duquesne University, 23-6, on Saturday afternoon in Wildcat Stadium.


The Wildcats evened their overall record at 2-2 with their second straight victory, this one in front of a Family Weekend crowd of 7,920. They are 1-0 in Colonial Athletic Association games.

“I thought we did a really good job,” UNH interim head coach Ricky Santos said. “We were explosive in two phases of the game. Offense needs to be a little cleaner, but we established the run, which we wanted to do. Defensively, I thought we did a tremendous job of being physical up front. They had 23 rushes for 50 yards. We felt like going into it that was what they were going to try to do. They were going to try to run the ball down our throats a little, but we did a good job of dictating the terms of engagement.”

UNH plays its Homecoming contest against No. 24 Elon, a CAA rival, next Saturday (3:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston).

Gray broke free for a 72-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach at 23-0. He had 10 carries for 99 yards. Last week, Gray had his first career 100-yard plus game with 123 yards on seven carries.

The UNH defense came up with four sacks, interceptions by Prince Smith, Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Pop Lacey (Reading, Pa.) and did not allow the Dukes to score until less than a minute remained in the game.

The balanced Wildcat offense piled up season highs in rushing with 231 yards and total yards at 433.

Freshman quarterback Max Brosmer (Roswell, Ga.) completed 17 of his 31 passes for 202 yards. All the numbers were career highs.

Junior Jason Hughes (Atkinson, N.H.) kicked a career-high three field goals for the Wildcats. He was successful from a career-best 45 yards, 39 and 38 yards.

It was the first time a Wildcat kicker had three field goals in a game since Mike MacArthur had three against Albany on Nov. 16, 2013. UNH as a team had three against Stony Brook in a game in 2017.


  • UNH’s 231 yards rushing were 2 yards better than last week’s previous season high.
  • Duquesne had 23 rushes for 50 yards.
  • Junior safety Evan Horn (Lebanon, Pa.) had a sack and senor defensive end Josh Kania (Milton, Ga.) and junior defensive tackle Elijah Lewis (New Castle, Del.) had half a sack each.
  • Carter and Lacey led the Wildcats with six tackles each.
  • Senior cornerback Isiah Perkins (Williamstown, N.J.) had three pass breakups.
  • Brosmer rushed seven times for 39 yards.
  • Sophomore Carlos Washington, Jr. (Fort Washington, Md.) had 18 carries for 68 yards.
  • Eight players caught passes for UNH.
  • Senior Malik Love (Alcoa, Tenn.) had four receptions for 53 yards.
  • Six players had two catches each.
  • UNH had a 36:18 to 23:42 edge in time of possession.

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