New Hampshire Football Report

UNH can’t handle Elon

DURHAM – Sophomore defensive back Randall Harris came up with his second interception in the last three games and freshman linebacker Max Tillett collected his first career turnover, but the University of New Hampshire football team sputtered on offense and lost at Elon, 24-10, on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats dropped their fourth straight game and are 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Elon improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the league.

Harris intercepted a Davis Cheek pass to end Elon’s second possession of the day. The Wildcats converted the turnover to points when sophomore quarterback Bret Edwards  capped a drive with a 5-yard TD pass to sophomore Griffin Helm to help tie the score at 7-7. It was Helm’s first career TD catch.

Tillett recovered a fumble that was caused by grad student safety Evan Horn in the second quarter.

Elon came into the game leading the CAA in turnover margin. UNH won the turnover battle with two turnovers to Elon’s one.

Freshman defensive end Josiah Silver  added to his team-high sack total with 1.5 quarterback sacks in the loss. He has 6.5 sacks for the season.

UNH took a 10-7 lead on a field goal by Sean Lehane on the second play of the second quarter. The field goal was Lehane’s first of his career and the first by the Wildcats this season. Elon grabbed a 14-10 lead by the half and shut out UNH in the second half.

Cheek, the leading passer in the CAA, completed 27 of his 31 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. The Phoenix had 378 yards of total offense and UNH had 214.


  • Edwards completed 16 of his 30 passes for 127 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also had a career-long 50-yard run to help set up the Lehane field goal.
  • Silver and senior safety Pop Bush led the Wildcats with eight tackles each.
  • Horn, sophomore linebacker Bryce Shaw and redshirt freshman linebacker Ryan Toscano each had seven tackles.
  • Sophomore Dylan Laube led UNH with 15 carries for 49 yards.
  • Junior Sean Coyne had five catches for 35 yards.
  • Junior Brian Espanet caught a pair of passes for 36 yards.


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