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College Football: Wildcats run roughshod over Rams
The University of New Hampshire football, ranked No. 25 in the country and stuck in a 1-3 hole to start the season, got one back with a convincing 59-19 win over Rhode Island in front of a Homecoming crowd announced at 18,412 - a good portion of those folks never made it in to Cowell Stadium from the tailgating area.
"There definitely was a sense of urgency," said junior linebacker Akil Anderson, who led the Wildcats with eight tackles and had one of their three quarterback sacks. "Throughout the season, we've shown signs of greatness, but we just haven't been able to put it together fully."
"We knew it was just a matter of time before that team got things going," said Rhode Island coach Joe Trainer. "They were running on all cylinders today."
Goldrich completed 18 of his 26 passes for 241 yards and a couple of scores and had one interception. He also ran 14 times for 94 yards, including a 24-yard TD that helped put the game out of reach early in the third period.
For the first time this season, the Wildcats did not score first. But they did come out of the opening period with a 7-6 lead.
Defensive end James Timmins intercepted a Goldrich pass midway through the first period and quarterback Bob Bentsen connected with Robbie Jackson for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Bentsen's conversion pass was incomplete and URI led 6-0.
Senior Chris Setian scored on a 3-yard run for 14-6 with 9:50 left in the second period.
Bentsen hit Jawaun Wynn for a 26- yard TD pass on Rhode Island's first play. Bentsen's conversion run failed and UNH led 14-12.
"I was happy with the way we responded after they scored that touchdown," McDonnell said. "To me, that's what we've needed to do the whole year. We gave up a score and came back on offense and executed and scored."
UNH had been outscored 46-15 in third quarters this year and turned that around to a 14-0 advantage and was on its way to its second win of the season.
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