NCAA Football: UNH topples Ga. SouthernStaff Report
September 10. 2017 1:59AM
The University of New Hampshire football program is back in the business of beating FBS opponents.
Quarterback Trevor Knight tossed two touchdown passes to Neil O'Connor as UNH upset Georgia Southern, 22-12, Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.
It's the first time UNH has knocked off an FBS opponent since it beat Ball State in 2009. UNH's other FBS victories came against Rutgers (2004), Northwestern (2006), Marshall (2007) and Army (2008). Before Saturday, the Wildcats had lost their last seven games against FBS teams.
Running back Evan Gray scored UNH's other touchdown on a 2-yard run. That TD capped a seven-play, 86-yard drive and helped the Wildcats take a 15-0 lead with 1:56 left in the first quarter.
Knight completed 13 of 22 passes for 129 yards and the two TDs. He also rushed for 55 yards on nine carries. Gray led the ground game with 77 yards on 13 attempts.
UNH (2-0, 1-0 CAA) opended the scoring on an 11-yard pass from Knight to O'Connor. UNH added the two-point conversion on a pass from Knight to tight end Justin Malone-Woods, which made it 8-0 with 6:46 remaining in the opening quarter. O'Connor caught 11 passes for 118 yards in the victory.
UNH led 22-0 before Georgia Southern (0-2) got on the scoreboard on a 43-yard field goal by Tyler Bass with 1:06 to play in the third quarter. After UNH elected to take a safety, the Eagles scored on a 2-yard run by L.A. Ramsby with 6:18 to play.
UNH recorded five sacks and scored on each of its three trips into the red zone.
Georgia Southern had a 326-274 edge in total yards, including a 233-145 advantage in rushing yards. Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts rushed for a game-high 124 yards on 31 attempts.