New Hampshire Football Report

UNH handles Maine

DURHAM – Junior safety Evan Horn (Lebanon, Pa.) was part of a defensive effort that led the University of New Hampshire football team to a 28-10 victory over rival Maine in the Battle for the Brice-Cowell Musket on Saturday afternoon in front of a Senior Day crowd of 10,061 at Wildcat Stadium.

Horn registered a career-high 11 tackles, led the team with two quarterback sacks and had one of UNH’s four forced fumbles.


The Wildcats improved to 6-5 overall and at 5-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association clinched a share of third place in the league. They also kept alive their chances of grabbing an at-large bid to the NCAA FCS Division I tournament. The 24-team field for the playoffs will be announced Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

UNH snapped Maine’s winning streak at four games and spoiled its chances of getting a playoff spot. The Black Bears finish 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the CAA.

The defense shut down a Maine offense that had averaged 38 points a game over the last five games and 31 points a game for the season.

Sophomore defensive end Gunner Gibson (Hailey, Idaho) also contributed to the offense. He lined up as a receiver and scored on a 4-yard pass from freshman quarterback Max Brosmer (Roswell, Ga.). Maine had cut UNH’s lead to 14-10 with a field goal with 7:55 to play in the fourth quarter and after an exchange of punts the Wildcats drove to the Gibson score, the first of his career to seal the game with 1:48 to play.

Gibson also had six tackles, including a tackle for a loss, and a quarterback hurry.

Senior cornerback Prince Smith Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored on a 30-yard fumble return to close out the scoring with 1:36 left in the game. Another senior, defensive end Josh Kania (Milton, Ga.) forced the fumble that Smith returned. Smith had six tackles and also forced a fumble.

Senior cornerback Isiah Perkins (Williamstown, N.J.) also forced a fumble.

Brosmer completed 24 of his 34 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Senior Malik Love (Alcoa, Tenn.) had a season-high 11 catches for a season-high 115 yards. 


  • The 24-team field for the FCS tournament will be announced Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
  • UNH’s 2020 schedule was announced this week. The Wildcats begin the season with their FBS game at Kansas on Sept. 5, 2020.
  • Love upped his team-leading totals to 48 catches for 542 yards.
  • Sophomore Brian Espanet (Hopedale, Mass.) had four catches for 43 yards.
  • Laube led UNH in rushing with nine carries for 61 yards and also had two catches for 45 yards and the score.
  • UNH had 383 yards of total offense. The Wildcats averaged 332 yards coming in.
  • UNH held the Black Bears to 313 yards of total offense. They averaged 435 yards coming into the game.
  • Maine led the league at 307 yards passing a game. They had 183 yards passing Saturday.
  • Hughes averaged 41 yards on seven punts and had four inside the 20-yard line.

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