SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) -- Ricky Santos ran for three
touchdowns and threw for two more as New Hampshire kept its Div.
I-AA playoff hopes alive in a 63-21 victory over Rhode Island on
New Hampshire's David Ball tied Jerry Rice's I-AA record for
100-yard receiving games in a career. Rice had 23 100-yard games
for Mississippi Valley State from 1981-1984. Ball had 10 catches
for 112 yards.
The Wildcats (7-3, 4-3 Atlantic 10) led 42-14 at halftime on two
rushing touchdowns by Santos and two through the air to Keith
Santos completed 23 of 32 passes for 271 yards and an
interception. He ran for 132 yards on 12 carries.
Rhode Island (4-6, 2-5) got two rushing touchdowns from
quarterback Derek Cassidy, including a 56-yard TD run in the first
quarter. Cassidy ran for 89 yards on 18 carries. He completed 5 of
12 passes for 66 yards and one interception.
Linebacker Muji Karim set up two scores to help UNH pull away in
the second quarter. The Wildcats scored following Karim's
interception, and again after Karim recovered a fumble at the Rhode
Island 14-yard line 1:40 before halftime.
Chad Kackert rushed for 174 yards on six carries for UNH.
On Oct. 7, Ball broke Rice's I-AA record for touchdown
receptions when he caught his 51st touchdown pass. Rice set NFL
records for receptions, yards and touchdowns.