After Saturday's 28-10 victory over Maine, the University of New Hampshire football team clung to the slimmest of hopes that it might qualify for the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs.

Alas, it was not to be.

Three Colonial Athletic Association schools -- league champion and automatic qualifier James Madison (11-1) as well as at-large selections UAlbany (8-4) and Villanova (9-3) -- were among those chosen to the 24-team field. It was the 14th consecutive season that the CAA has had at least three teams qualify for the playoffs.

Patriot League champion Holy Cross (7-5) and Northeast Conference champion Central Connecticut State were the only New England schools to qualify.

The Wildcats finished the season with a 6-5 record