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Wildcats focus on positives following opening loss
Goldrich, chosen by McDonnell over teammate Andy Vailas of Bedford for the starting job, was impressive.
The Wildcats, who entered the game ranked fourth in the FCS, led 7-3 after the first period and shortly gained a 14-3 lead with 7:43 left before halftime behind another drive led by Goldrich.
After the infraction Goldrich caught fire, completing four consecutive passes to Jared Allison (eight yards), Kyon Taylor (eight yards), Harris (12 yards) and Mike Kelly of Merrimack (four yards), moving the ball to the Toledo 32. Goldrich kept the drive alive with a nine-yard run followed by a personal foul on Toledo, advancing the ball to the 12-yard-line.
“Sean Goldrich is a good football player,” McDonnell said. “That’s what we’ve seen from the middle of last year. “Now we have to get moving some people up front so we can run the ball and give him a little bit of a break.”
Harris led UNH with nine catches and 149 receiving yards, moving him past John Perry (1989-92) for fourth best on UNH’s receiving yardage list with 2,926.
“We got off to a fast start, but we kind of slowed down in the second half,” said Harris. “We couldn’t put things together and sustain drives. …I think we did some things well, but I think we need to take this bye week and the week leading up to Lehigh to do things better.”
“We couldn’t tackle in open space, we couldn’t fill gaps, and we gave away blitzes,” McDonnell said of his team’s defense. “It was like reading a book for them: They were a step ahead of us the whole game.”
Now McDonnell has two weeks to build on those good things in preparing for Lehigh on Saturday, Sept. 13, in a 3:30 p.m. start at Cowell Stadium.