7:00 PM ET, September 30, 2006
TUBBY RAYMOND FIELD, NEWARK, DE
NEWARK, Del. (AP) -- Ricky Santos threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more to lead New Hampshire to a 52-49 victory over Delaware on Saturday night.
New Hampshire's David Ball, who came into the game tied with Jerry Rice for the Division I-AA record of 50 touchdown receptions, had seven catches for 126 yards but did not find the end zone.
"I know I'll get another touchdown at some point," Ball said. "The win was the most important thing. I'm not upset at all that I didn't break the record tonight."
Santos completed 21 of 30 passes for 281 yards and ran the ball 13 times for 110 yards as the Wildcats (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic 10) won their tenth straight regular-season game.
The teams combined to score 43 points in the fourth quarter alone, and New Hampshire didn't secure the victory until it recovered an onside kick with 53 seconds remaining.
The teams combined for 982 yards and 50 first downs.
Omar Cuff led Delaware with 109 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He also had eight catches for 79 yards. Flacco went 28-for-45 for 315 yards and three touchdowns, and Ben Patrick had nine catches for 109 yards.
Trailing 27-21, the Wildcats took their first lead since early in the first quarter when Corey Graham returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown with 10:13 left in the third quarter.
Tom Manning's 41-yard field goal with 5:12 left in the quarter pushed New Hampshire's advantage to 31-27. The Blue Hens' last lead came at 34-31, when Cuff's 1-yard run capped a 16-play, 71-yard drive with 13:34 left in the game.
New Hampshire answered quickly with a seven-play, 80-yard drive that ended when Santos eluded a tackler and hit Chris Ward for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 10:54 remaining, giving the Wildcats the lead for good.
The game was tied at 21 at halftime.
Ball, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior from Orange, Vt., tied Rice's I-AA record with three touchdown catches against Dartmouth last week. He has five TD receptions this season. Ball needs 766 receiving yards to surpass Rice's I-AA record total of 4,693 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-11||10-19|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||3-3|
|TD||12:53||RICKY SANTOS 1 YD RUN (TOM MANNING KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 77 yards.
|TD||8:34||OMAR CUFF 39 YD RUN (ZACH HOBBY KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:15||BEN PATRICK 10 YD PASS FROM JOE FLACCO (ZACH HOBBY KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||1:30||CHAD KACKERT 28 YD PASS FROM RICKY SANTOS (TOM BISHOP KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||12:22||OMAR CUFF 1 YD RUN (ZACH HOBBY KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 7 yards.
|TD||9:38||AARON BROWN 11 YD PASS FROM RICKY SANTOS (TOM MANNING KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yards.
|TD||10:31||KERVIN MICHAUD 8 YD PASS FROM JOE FLACCO (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 82 yards.
|TD||10:13||COREY GRAHAM 99 YD KICK RETURN (TOM BISHOP KICK)||28||27|
|FG||5:12||TOM MANNING 41 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||13:34||OMAR CUFF 1 YD RUN (ZACH HOBBY KICK)|
Drive info: 16 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||10:54||CHRIS WARD 13 YD PASS FROM RICKY SANTOS (TOM BISHOP KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:40||RICKY SANTOS 9 YD RUN (TOM MANNING KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||3:20||OMAR CUFF 3 YD RUN (OMAR CUFF 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 23 yards.
|TD||2:41||CHRIS WARD 45 YD RUN (TOM BISHOP KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 45 yards.
|TD||0:56||AARON LOVE 10 YD PASS FROM JOE FLACCO (ZACH HOBBY KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 64 yards.