Massachusetts 28

(8-1, 4-1 away)

New Hampshire 20

(6-3, 3-2 home)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

12:00 PM ET, November 4, 2006

Cowell Stadium, Durham, NH

1 2 3 4 T
UMASS 7 14 7 028
UNH 0 3 10 720

Top Performers

Passing: R. Santos (UNH) - 383 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Baylark (UMASS) - 20 CAR, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Ball (UNH) - 8 REC, 107 YDS, 2 TD

Massachusetts 28, New Hampshire 20

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 28-20.

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 Minutemen recovered.

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 player.