New Hampshire Football Report

Silver shines in UNH loss

KINGSTON, R.I. – Freshman defensive end Josiah Silver (Hampton, Va.) collected four sacks to lead the defense, but the University of New Hampshire football team lost to Rhode Island 28-3 Saturday afternoon in Meade Stadium.

The Wildcats dropped to 3-7 overall with their seventh consecutive loss. They are 2-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association,

Rhode Island improved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the CAA. The Rams are making a push for their first appearance in the FCS playoffs since 1985 and finish up at Elon on Saturday.

Two of Silver’s sacks resulted in Rhode Island fumbles. Grad student Duval Paul (Lynn, Mass.) recovered the first and sophomore linebacker Oleh Manzyk (Feasterville, Pa.) had the other.

It was the second straight game that Silver forced a pair of fumbles. He’s up to 10.5 sacks for the season. Silver led the Wildcats in tackles with 11.

Sophomore quarterback Bret Edwards (Lowell, Mass.) completed 10 of his 16 passes for 85 yards. He left the game late in the third quarter with an injury. Junior Tommy Herion (Chicago, Ill.) came on in relief of Edwards and completed five of his 15 passes for 50 yards with an interception.

Junior receiver Brian Espanet (Hopedale, Mass.) led the Wildcats with six receptions for 69 yards.

Rhode Island junior Kasim Hill competed 12 of 23 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns.  Freshman Jaylen Smith caught two of the TD passes. He had three catches for 88 yards.


  • Sophomore Dylan Laube (Westhampton, N.Y.) carried eight times for 23 yards.
  • Laube had missed the last two games with an injury.
  • Sophomore linebacker Bryce Shaw (Raynham, Mass.) and redshirt freshman linebacker Ryan Toscano (Bedford, N.H.) each had six tackles.
  • Shaw also had a quarterback sack.
  • UNH was called for 11 penalties for 92 yards.
  • URI had seven penalties for 65.
  • The Wildcats had 159 yards of total offense. The Rams had 379 yards of offense.

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