UNH football team loses heartbreaker against FBS’s Central Michigan
’Cats lose opener
The University of New Hampshire football team had another big school in its sights, but the Wildcats (0-1) let this one get away as Central Michigan got a last-second field goal for a 24-21 win yesterday in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
UNH, which beat five Division I-A/FBS teams from 2004-09, lost its fourth straight game against FBS competition after losing a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead and coughing up a late fumble.
With the game tied 21-21, UNH drove to the Central Michigan 21-yard line, but quarterback Andy Vailas fumbled on a third-and-1 with 7:10 left. The Chippewas recovered and turned it around for a 61-yard drive that ended with the game-winning 27-yard field goal from Ron Coluzzi.
Vailas went 15-for-22 for 156 yards and a touchdown and ran for 50 yards on 17 carries. Justin Mello finished with five catches for 117 yards and a score, and Nico Steriti had 16 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown.
The Wildcats home opener is Saturday against Colgate at noon.