DURHAM, N.H. -- Matt Parent recorded six tackles, two fumble recoveries and a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to lead New Hampshire to a 52-21 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday.
New Hampshire (8-2, 5-2) opened the scoring on a Tom Bishop career-long, 46-yard field goal.
On the next series, the Minutemen (6-5, 3-4) faced 3rd-and-goal at the UNH 6 when Parent intercepted a deflected pass and raced down the sideline for a touchdown.
New Hampshire immediately got the ball back on a Devon Jackson interception. On the next play, R.J. Toman faked a handoff and ran up the middle untouched for a 43-yard TD run, giving UNH a 17-0 lead.
After a fumble recovery by Parent, Chad Kackert scampered into the end zone to extend the lead to 24-0. A Toman to Kackert pass made it 31-0 in the second quarter.
Chris Zarda's one-yard TD run trimmed the margin to 31-7, but New Hampshire tacked on another touchdown near the end of the half on a 77-yard pass from Tolman to Chris Jeannot.
UMass failed to gain a first down to start the third quarter, then UNH marched 85 yards on 14 plays to extend its advantage to 45-7.
The Minutemen pulled within 45-14 with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.
The two teams traded scores in the final period.
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