UNH feeling good after Blue & White spring game

April 14, 2023

By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent DURHAM, NH – As the sun set on a picture perfect evening in Durham, the New Hampshire Wildcats closed spring practices with their annual Blue and White Game. Split into two quarters and an overtime head-to-head competition, head coach Rick Santos gave his team plenty of opportunities to compete. “I thought it was good and was a spirited effort,” said Santos. “We accomplished what we…


Tough schedule awaits defending CAA champ New Hampshire in 2023

January 10, 2023

Image courtesy of UNH Athletics The first full season under Ricky Santos couldn’t have gone much better for UNH in 2022. The Wildcats ended up claiming a share of the CAA title and earned an FCS playoff spot. In one of the most miserable weather days you could imagine, the Wildcats came up short against Holy Cross, a team that ended up finishing ranked sixth in the country. In 2023,…


UNH: Despite disappointing end to the season, Wildcats have shown they’re back

December 5, 2022

For years, the UNH program was almost a lock to make the NCAA FCS playoffs either as an at-large team or as the CAA champs. ‘Perennial national championship contender’ was probably the best way to describe the team under Sean McDonnell. Those days faded for a while, but there was quite a resurgence in Durham during the 2022 season, led by new head coach Rick Santos. UNH saw its season…


Holy Cross: Crusaders remain unbeaten, reach NCAA quarterfinals for first time in 39 years

December 3, 2022

WORCESTER – If you remember the old NFL Films clips of cold, raw, wet, muddy playoff games from the 70’s and 80’s, you’ve got a pretty clear picture of what the NCAA FCS playoff game between UNH and Holy Cross was like on Saturday afternoon. A huge crowd braved the elements to watch the Crusaders continue their special season with a 35-19 win over the Wildcats in the second round…


FCS Playoff Four Down Preview: UNH Wildcats (9-3) @ No. 8 Holy Cross Crusaders (11-0)

December 3, 2022

Image courtesy of ESPN Kickoff: It’s an all-New England showdown in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday when New Hampshire visits Holy Cross for what could be an epic day. UNH is riding high off a CAA title and a win over the Crusaders’ Patriot League rival Fordham in the first round last weekend. The eighth-seeded Holy Cross squad enjoyed a bye week during the first round…


UNH: Fordham game prepared Wildcats for bigger test against Holy Cross

December 1, 2022

Image courtesy of UNH Athletics It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Just a few weeks ago, Holy Cross had one of the craziest wins of the year in FCS when they beat Fordham in overtime on a two point conversion. Fast forward about a month, and UNH was facing that same Fordham team last weekend in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The Wildcats ultimately won a shootout…


UNH: Playoff game in Worcester sets up unique opportunity for Espanet & Santos

November 28, 2022

Images courtesy of UNH Athletics It’s not hyperbole to say that Saturday afternoon’s FCS second round showdown between New Hampshire and Holy Cross could be one of the best games in the history of New England college football. Swagger, confidence, history, great coaching staffs, local recruiting implications, a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals on the line, an undefeated season at stake, literally every story line you could think of is…


UNH: Wildcats get first playoff win since 2017 & set up showdown with Holy Cross

November 27, 2022

Image courtesy of UNH Athletics By Jake Klein NEFJ Correspondent In its 11-game regular season, Fordham lost twice. First to Ohio, which scored 59 points. Then to Holy Cross, which scored 53. The Rams’ season finished third in NCAA history in total offense. They’re only beat when they’re outpaced. And outpace them UNH did, pulling ahead early and staying in front en route to a 52-42 FCS Championship First Round…


College: New Hampshire preparing for postseason clash against Fordham

November 22, 2022

Image courtesy of UNH_Football After winning a thriller over rival Maine to lock up a share of the CAA title, UNH will host a first round FCS playoff game against Fordham this Saturday. On Monday, head coach Ricky Santos spoke about the victory over the Black Bears and getting ready for a tough matchup against the Rams. The winner of that game gets a date with the No. 8 seed…


College: Holy Cross, UNH playoff matchups set after FCS selection show

November 20, 2022

Image courtesy of NCAA_FCS After finishing off the first undefeated season for the program since 1991 on Sunday, Holy Cross learned it will be the No. 8 seed in the FCS playoffs during the ESPn selection show on Sunday. The Crusaders will be off next weekend before hosting a playoff game for just the second time in school history the first weekend of December. Last year, the Crusaders hosted a…