New Hampshire Football Report

Delaware defeats UNH

Prince Smith photo courtesy UNH media relations

Senior cornerback Prince Smith, Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) intercepted a pair of passes to lead another strong effort by the No. 22 University of New Hampshire defense, but the Wildcats dropped a 16-10 decision at No. 24 Delaware on Saturday afternoon in Delaware Stadium.

The loss snapped UNH’s four-game win streak. The Wildcats are 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Delaware is also 4-3 overall and the Blue Hens are 2-1 in the CAA.

BOX SCORE

Freshman quarterback Max Brosmer (Roswell, Ga.) led the Wildcats down the field in the closing minutes in search of a winning touchdown. UNH had a first down at the Delaware 22-yard line with about 30 seconds to play, but after three passes fell incomplete and the game ended.

Smith leads the team with three interceptions this season and also is the career leader with 11. His picks of quarterback Pat Kehoe came on back-to-back Delaware possessions in the second quarter and directly led to UNH’s two scores.

Kicker Jason Hughes (Atkinson, N.H.) took advantage of the first and matched his career-long with a 45-yard kick to tie the game at 3-3 with 6:08 left in the half. Sophomore Carlos Washington, Jr. followed the second interception with a 4-yard run with 3:23 left to cap a short drive and put UNH up 10-3 with 3:23 to go. Delaware tied the game at 10-10 with its only TD of the game just before the half.

Washington paced the UNH ground game with 12 carries for 60 yards.

Sophomore safety Pop Bush (Nocatee, Fla.) led the Wildcats with 10 tackles and junior safety Evan Horn (Lebanon, Pa.) had nine tackles. Senior defensive end Josh Kania (Milton, Ga.) had two of UNH’s three sacks and sophomore defensive tackle Niko Kvietkus (Southington, Conn.) had the other. 

’CAT NIPS

  • The defense held Delaware to 271 total yards of offense.
  • The Wildcats came into the game leading the CAA in scoring defense at 16.2 points per game.
  •  For the second week in a row, Brosmer completed 16 passes and for the second week in a row they went to eight receivers.
  • Washington led the way with six catches for 48 yards.
  • Brosmer completed his 16 passes on 33 attempts for 160 yards. He was intercepted twice.
  • Hughes has hit 12 of his 15 field goal attempts this season. He’s six for seven on kicks between 40 and 49 yards and his 12 field goals are the most for a Wildcat since Mike MacArthur went 15 for 20 in 2013.
  • Senior linebacker Michael Balsamo (Atkinson, N.H.) and freshman linebacker Oleh Manzyk (Langhorne, Pa) each had seven tackles.
  • Two of Balsamo’s tackles were for loss. 

 

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