New Hampshire Football Report

Awards pour in for Laube

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and RICHMOND, Va. – Dylan Laube (Westhampton, N.Y.), a junior running back on the No. 15/20 University of New Hampshire football team, has been named the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week and recipient of the New England Football Writers Association Gold Helmet Award, which is presented by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Laube led UNH to a share of the CAA title by rushing for 190 yards and three touchdowns as part of 281 all-purpose yards in Saturday’s 42-41 overtime win at the University of Maine. Both the rushing and all-purpose yardage rank second in his career and the three TDs matches a personal best.

New Hampshire (8-3, 7-1 CAA) received an at-large selection to the NCAA Division I Football Championship on Sunday and will play host to No. 16/14 Fordham University in a Nov. 26 first round game at Wildcat Stadium.

Laube had a total of 39 touches with 30 rushes for 190 yards, two catches for 17 yards, four kickoff returns of 70 yards and three punt returns for 4 yards. He scored on runs of 3, 15 and 48 yards.

UNH’s first drive featured a heavy dose of Laube, as he had five carries for 21 yards and one catch for 16 yards, and he capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown. On the next Wildcats’ possession, he carried the ball seven times, including a stretch of six consecutive plays, for 28 yards to help New Hampshire build a 14-0 lead.

Late in the second quarter on a 1st-and-10 play from the Maine 15, Laube ran up the middle and bounced outside down the right sideline the last 10 yards into the end zone for his second TD of the game and a 21-7 lead for New Hampshire.

Laube finished the first half with 124 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns with 17 carries for 83 yards, one catch for 16 yards, two kickoff returns for 22 yards and a punt return for 3 yards.

Laube’s third rushing touchdown of the game was once again a carry up the middle that he bounced to the right at the line of scrimmage and he won the footrace past two defenders down the sideline for the 48-yard score and 28-14 lead for the Wildcats.

Through three quarters, he rushed the ball 23 times for 146 yards and three TDs.

With the score tied at 28, Laube’s three rushes for 23 yards was part of a 6-play, 76-yard drive that put UNH back in front, 35-28, at 11:12 of the fourth quarter.

In overtime, UNH handed the ball to Laube each of the first four plays to set up 3rd-and-3 at the Maine 4 and the Wildcats scored a TD on the next play to take a 42-35 lead.

Laube leads the FCS in all-purpose yards per game (179.20) and is No. 4 in the nation in punt returns (15.0 yards/return), No. 11 in both scoring (9.0 points/game) and total touchdowns (15), No. 19 in rushing yards per game (100.0), No. 20 in rushing TDs (12) and No. 25 in rushing yards (1,000).

All of the weekly Gold Helmet recipients will be honored at the annual NEFW Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.


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