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College Football: Wildcats' offense sputters in 10-3 loss to Colgate

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 08. 2018 11:36PM
University of New Hampshire's Brian Carter, top, and teammate Ryan Sosnak, bottom, sack Colgate quarterback Grant Brendeman during the first quarter of their game at Cowell Stadium in Durham Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

DURHAM - It was a heck of a defensive effort, but football teams rarely win with defense alone.

The University of New Hampshire recorded five sacks and limited Colgate to two first downs in 15 third-down opportunities, but the UNH offense sputtered throughout Saturday night's 10-3 loss at Wildcat Stadium.

Any hope of a UNH victory all but disappeared when the Wildcats failed to convert on a fourth-and-four play from the Colgate 29-yard line with 2:32 to play. Colgate took possession after quarterback Christian Lupoli's pass was tipped and fell incomplete.

Colgate's lone touchdown was set up by a UNH fumble that the Raiders recovered on the UNH 19-yard line. Junior linebacker Quinlen Dean made a game-high 15 tackles (seven solo).

Lupoli, a sophomore, made his first collegiate start in place of starter Trevor Knight (shoulder), and completed 14 of 24 passes for 133 yards.

Colgate QB Grant Breneman, the Patriot League Freshman of the Year last season, connected on 8 of his 18 passes for 84 yards.

The Wildcats were coming off last Saturday's 35-7 loss at Maine. This is the first time UNH (0-2) has opened a season with back-to-back losses since 2002.

A turnover set up the game's only touchdown. After UNH running back Carlos Washington fumbled on the first play of the second quarter, Colgate took over on the UNH 19-yard line and needed eight plays to reach the end zone. Breneman scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down with 10:05 left in the first half.

UNH responded with an 11-play, 62-yard drive that ended when Timberlane Regional graduate Jason Hughes kicked a 30-yard field goal. The kick sliced Colgate lead to 7-3 with 4:16 left in the half.

Colgate regained a seven-point lead on Chris Puzzi's 40-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the half. That capped the scoring.

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UNH will play at Colorado next Saturday (5 p.m.). Colorado beat Nebraska 33-28 Saturday. . UNH was limited to 71 yards and three first downs on 24 plays in the first half. . Colgate defensive end Nick Wheeler made 10 tackles, including three sacks. . Saturday's night's attendance was 11,433.

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