New Hampshire Football Report

Richmond hands UNH home loss

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire’s losing streak reached five games Saturday when it dropped a 35-21 decision to Colonial Athletic Association foe Richmond in wet conditions at Wildcat Stadium.

UNH fell to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the CAA. Richmond raised its record to 3-5 overall and is 1-2 in the CAA.

The highlight for the Wildcats came when junior Brian Espanet made a video highlight-worthy, one-handed grab in the end zone for his sixth touchdown catch of the season,

A Richmond miscue set up the TD pass from sophomore quarterback Bret Edwards to Espanet. The Spiders were punting with 14 seconds left in the first half when the snap went over the head of the punter and UNH took control on the Richmond 24-yard line.

On UNH’s first play Edwards lofted the ball into the end zone and Espanet went up and grabbed it for the score with three seconds left in the half.

Redshirt freshman running back Isaac Seide and freshman quarterback Brody McAndrew scored the other two UNH touchdowns. It was the first career score for each.

Seide scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter. His 53-yard run the previous play set up the TD.  McAndrew entered the game several times to run a package of plays. He kept the ball and ran for a 7-yard TD with 10:17 left in the third quarter. A conversion kick by redshirt freshman Sean Lehane gave UNH its first lead of the game at 21-17.

Sophomore linebacker Bryce Shaw made his first interception as a Wildcat and sophomore safety Joe Eichman (Merrimack, N.H.) and long snapper Tim Bouchard (Barrington, N.H.) each had his first career fumble recovery.

Freshman defensive end Josiah Silver led the Wildcats in tackles with nine and 2.5 were tackles for loss. Redshirt freshman safety Noah Stansbury had six tackles.

Edwards completed 12 of his 26 passes for 136 yards and the score to Espanet.

  Richmond quarterback Joe Mancuso completed 19 of his 26 passes for three touchdowns and also scored on a 1-yard run.  The Spiders had 82 yards rushing and 373 yards of total offense. The Wildcats had 102 yards rushing and 243 yards of total offense.


  • Espanet had three catches for 55 yards and the score.
  • Carlos Washington Jr. had three catches for 51 yards.
  • Aidan Cadogan averaged 41 yards on his six punts.
  • Sophomore running back Dylan Laube missed the game with an ankle injury.
  • Sophomore linebacker Oleh Manzyk came back from a leg injury and played for the first time this season. He had three tackles.
  • Redshirt freshman linebacker Ryan Toscano (Bedford, N.H.) had five tackles.
  • Linebackers Tyler Dressler (15) and Tristan Wheeler (11) led the Richmond defense in tackles.
  • Lehane missed a pair of field goal attempts: from 24 yards in the first period and 45 yards in the third.
  • The Spiders had five quarterback sacks, two by defensive tackle Aidan Murray. The Wildcats did not have a sack.


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