New Hampshire Handles Football in FCS First Round
Nov. 30, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. - New Hampshire controlled every aspect of the game from the outset and held a 31-0 halftime lead before eventually coming away with a 45-7 victory over 2013 Patriot League Champion Lafayette in the first round of the FCS Playoffs on Saturday afternoon at Cowell Stadium.
New Hampshire racked up over 500 yards of offense, including 283 on the ground. Dalton Crossan led the Wildcats' rushing attack with 84 yards, while Jimmy Owens had 69 yards on nine carries. Sean Goldrich threw for 267 yards on 15-of-30 with a pair of touchdowns. His top target on the day was R.J. Harris, who reeled in eight catches for 173 yards and a score.
Following the score, punts by each team started Lafayette at its own eight-yard line. Scheurman's 18-yard run brought the Leopards' offense out to the 35, but Reed was sacked on a play action pass attempt for a loss of 10 yards to bring up third and long. Reed was sacked again by Shane McNeely and fumbled to turn the ball over.
On the first play from the 22, Goldrich fired to the left sideline and hit Harris behind Jared Roberts, who was trying to undercut the route.
Trailing 14-0 at that point, Reed used his legs and his arm to help Lafayette move into UNH territory. The freshman QB connected with Justin Adams for 12 yards and a first down before scrambling seven yards to set up a short second down. After Scheuerman picked up the first, Lafayette faced a fourth-and-four following a screen pass to Demetrius Dixon. Reed was swarmed on a blitz up the middle and UNH took over on downs on its own 48-yard line.
The next two drives for each team stalled as they failed to convert on fourth-and-long situations inside their opponents' territory. Lafayette's ended when Reed was sacked by Cody Muller. The Wildcats finished the day with 10 sacks.
Lafayette ends its 2013 season at 5-7 overall.
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