New Hampshire Football Report

UNH falls in finale

DURHAM – Senior quarterback Tommy Herion (Chicago, Ill.) passed for three touchdowns in his first career start and UNH had a season-high 238 yards rushing, but the University of New Hampshire football team could not hold off Maine and dropped a 33-20 game on Senior Day in Wildcat Stadium.

The Black Bears took possession of the Brice-Cowell Musket that stays with the winner of the game each year.


UNH lost its eighth consecutive game and finished the season with a 3-8 overall record and was 2-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Maine won five of its last six games and finished the season at 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the CAA.

Junior Carlos Washington Jr. (Fort Washington, Md.) rushed for 101 yards on nine carries and sophomore Dylan Laube (Westhampton, N.Y.) for 100 on 11 carries to lead the Wildcats. It was the first time the Wildcats had two 100-yard rushers in a game since 2017.

Herion staked UNH to a 20-7 lead five minutes into the second quarter with his touchdown passes, the first of his career. They went for 5 yards to senior Nick Lorden (Milford, N.H.), 4 yards to Washington and 10 yards to junior Brian Espanet (Hopedale, Mass.).

Herion completed 15 of his 30 passes for 156 yards. He was intercepted four times in the second half.

Junior defensive end Gunner Gibson (Hailey, Idaho) had three sacks for the Wildcats among his nine tackles and forced a fumble.

Freshman defensive end Josiah Silver (Hampton, Va.) and sophomore linebacker Bryce Shaw (Raynham, Mass.) led UNH with 11 tackles each. Silver also had a sack. Silver finished the season with 11.5 sacks to lead the Wildcats this season and Gibson was next with eight.

UNH sophomore linebacker Oleh Manzyk (Feasterville, Pa.) was injured after making a tackle in the second period and taken from the field on a stretcher. He was treated and released from a local hospital for an upper body injury.

Maine scored the final 26 points of the game on a pair of Joe Fagnano TD passes and four field goals by grad student Jonny Messina. Fagnano completed 21 of his 34 passes for 249 yards and the two scores. Elijah Barnwell rushed 13 times for 111 yards.


  • Espanet caught three passes for 48 yards and the score.
  • Laube had three catches for 41 yards. He had 294 all-purpose yards.
  • UNH’s previous high in rushing yardage this game was 193 against Dartmouth.
  • The Wildcats had 394 total yards of offense.  The only total better this season was 400 against Towson.
  • Sophomore defensive back Randall Harris (Walled Lake, Mich.) had eight tackles.
  • Redshirt freshman linebacker Zedane Williams (Springfield, Mass.) had seven tackles and forced a fumble.


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