College Football: Knight's status unclear after injury in openerStaff Report
August 31. 2018 11:34PM
Not much went right for the University of New Hampshire in Thursday night’s season-opening 35-7 loss at the University of Maine.
UNH had won eight straight clashes for the Brice-Cowell Musket, and 15 out of 16 before Thursday night’s beating in the CAA contest.
“From here, you take it to the next one,” UNH senior captain and linebacker Plymouth’s Jared Kuehl told UNH Insider Allen Lessels. “Forget about this one. It’s early in the season. Just learn from it. See the film on it. Learn. Get back at it next week against Colgate.”
Colgate, a Patriot League team, visits Wildcat Stadium in UNH’s home opener next Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Black Bears scored the game’s first 29 points in ending their eight-game losing streak against the Wildcats. Maine (1-0) recorded 450 yards of offense to the No. 7 Wildcats’ (0-1) 116 yards, 62 of which came on backup quarterback Christian Lupoli’s 62-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Washington Jr. in the fourth quarter.
UNH starting quarterback Trevor Knight, an Amherst resident, left the game in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury. UNH coach Sean McDonnell said Friday that Knight’s shoulder will be kept in a sling and immobilized for a couple of days and it is not yet clear what his status is going forward.
Lupoli, a sophomore, was 5 of 13, for 98 yards in relief of Knight (3 of 8, 25 yards).
Maine led 22-0 at halftime and widened the lead to 29-0 on the second of QB Chris Ferguson’s two TD passes. Ferguson, a sophomore, finished 21 of 31 for 199 yards.
“We didn’t play as physical as them, we didn’t play as hard as them,” said UNH running back Evan Gray. “They woke us up a little bit. My hat’s off to them. We shot ourselves in the foot. We couldn’t make plays. Mistake after mistake. It’s going to hurt. We can’t do anything about it right now. We’ve just got to back tomorrow. Get back to work. Focus on Colgate.”