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Wildcats rally past old rivals

Sean Goldrich threw for 283 yards and four touchdowns to lead the University of New Hampshire to a come-from-behind 28-21 victory over Maine in the 100th all-time meeting between the CAA rivals yesterday.

Goldrich, who was making his first start since suffering an injured shoulder at Minnesota on Sept. 8, went 18-for-39.

Harold Spears had three catches, including two for touchdowns, for a career-high 107 yards, and R.J. Harris nabbed a team-high seven catches for 88 yards and a TD.

Chris Setian carried 17 times for 76 yards, including six straight carries for 24 yards as the Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 CAA) ran out the clock to preserve their ninth win in the last 10 meetings with Maine (2-5, 1-3).

Matt Evans amassed a team-high 11 tackles, and Jared Smith chipped in with nine stops, including 1½ tackles for loss, and three pass breakups.

Alan Buzbee and Stephen Thames each recorded an interception that led to touchdowns as UNH scored 28 unanswered points after falling behind 14-0 in the first half.

The host Black Bears built their lead on two touchdown passes from Marcus Wasilewski (23-for-44, 254 yards, two interceptions) to Justin Perillo (seven catches, 68 yards).

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard with 9:09 left in the first half when Spears caught Goldrich's pass along the left hash marks and outran the Black Bears defense for a 79-yard score, UNH's longest play of the season.

UNH drove 81 yards in 12 plays to tie the game with 57 seconds left in the half. Goldrich hit Harris for a 22-yard TD, then connected with Setian for the two-point conversion.

The Wildcats, though, weren't done before halftime, scoring just 38 seconds later. Buzbee got the ball back for UNH when he picked off Wasilewski's first-down pass and rumbled 46 yards to the Maine 1, then Goldrich hit Setian for a 5-yard TD and a 21-14 lead at halftime.

UNH's second interception of the game set up the only touchdown of the third quarter. Thames collected a tipped ball and ran 17 yards to the Black Bears 18. UNH cashed in on Goldrich's fourth TD pass of the day -and second to Spears- a 6-yard hookup with 2:44 left in the third for a 28-14 lead.

Maine snapped UNH's 28-point run with 14:22 left in the fourth quarter when Wasliewski hit Arthur Williams with a 23-yard TD pass that trimmed the Bears' deficit to 28-21.

UNH leads the series 49-43-8.

UNH takes on Rhode Island on the road on Saturday at noon.

 Dartmouth 21, Columbia 16

Alex Park drove Dartmouth 91 yards for a touchdown with 1:09 remaining as the Big Green edged Columbia.

After an incompletion, Park completed three straight passes to Ryan McManus, ran for 13 yards himself, then hit McManus for a 15-yarder that put the Big Green (4-2, 2-1 Ivy League) at the 15 of the Lions (1-5, 0-3).

Park's 7-yard completion to Victor Williams, with roughing the passer tacked on, moved the ball to the 4 with 1:16 left. Following a Dartmouth procedure penalty, Park found Dean Bakes for the go-ahead score.

A Dartmouth celebration penalty and a kickoff out of bounds enabled Columbia to get the ball back at midfield, but Sean Brackett's fourth-down pass from the 40 was intercepted by Stephen Dazzo.

Park completed 20 of 28 passes for 197 yards.

 Western N.E. 23, Plymouth State 3

Western New England University scored 20 unanswered points in the second half after the teams headed to halftime tied at 3.

Plymouth (2-6, 1-4 NEFC) scored its only points on a 24-yard field goal by Nick Cavallo.

Plymouth totaled just 159 yards of offense, led by Andrew Foglia's 51 yards rushing on 17 attempts. He also threw an option pass for a 31-yard gain to Zac Iovanella.

 Merrimack 81, Saint Anselm 35

Merrimack (4-3, 3-3 Northeast-10) bolted to a 53-0 first-half lead on the way to a record-setting offensive day. Quarterback Joe Clancy was 27-for-42 for 553 yards and seven touchdowns, including four scoring strikes to Isaiah Voegeli, who caught 10 passes for 269 yards.

Freshman QB Andrew Murphy had a big day for Saint Anselm (1-7, 1-6), completing 29 of 61 passes for 357 yards and five touchdowns. Justin Bernard caught 11 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

Craig Dennis had six catches for 81 yards and a score, while Ahkeen Williams notched seven receptions for 88 yards, giving Saint Anselm three receivers with at least 80 yards for the first time since 2010.

Greg Bell led the Hawks in rushing with 12 carries for 66 yards.

Ethan Sylvain and Brendan Timmons each made a game-high eight tackles to lead the defense.

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