DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- Steve Baylark ran for two touchdowns and
Liam Coen passed for two more as Massachusetts held off a late
rally by New Hampshire to win their seventh consecutive game, 28-20
over the Wildcats on Saturday.
Baylark carried the ball 20 times for 89 yards and scored on a
38-yard run in the first half and a 1-yard run early in the second
half as the Minutemen (8-1, 6-0 Atlantic 10) took a 28-3 lead.
New Hampshire (6-3, 3-3) stormed back as Ricky Santos threw TD
passes of 33 and 6 yards to David Ball. Their second touchdown
hookup with 6:48 to play in the game came on a fourth-and-2,
finished off a 97-yard drive, and pulled New Hampshire within
The Wildcats got the ball back on their own 21 with 3:40
remaining and drove all the way to the Massachusetts 3-yard line
with 24 seconds to play. But on fourth-and-goal, Santos' option
toss was batted away by defensive lineman John Hatchell and the
Santos finished 35-for-55 for 383 yards and also ran for a
team-high 55 yards, while Ball had eight receptions for 107 yards.
Keith Levan caught 12 passes for 115 yards for the Wildcats.
Coen finished the game 11 of 15 for 193 yards with first-half
touchdown passes to Rasheed Rancher for eight yards and J.J. Moore
for 15 yards as Massachusetts took a 21-3 halftime lead.
Massachusetts linebacker Jason Hatchell had 18 tackles to win
the Bill Knight Trophy, which goes to the game's most valuable