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UNH football home opener against Colgate

The University of New Hampshire football team is back where it likes to be – Cowell Stadium, a.k.a. The Dungeon. Since the start of the 2007 season, the Wildcats are 29-4 at home, and they’ll try to make it 30-4 when they face Colgate in the home opener on Saturday at noon.

Both teams are coming off tough losses. No. 12/9 UNH (0-1) blew a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead at Central Michigan, an FBS team, and lost on a last-second field goal. Colgate rallied from a 24-7 first-half deficit against Albany, but fell short in the fourth and dropped to 0-2 with the 37-34 decision. The Raiders opened the season with a 38-13 loss at FBS Air Force.

UNH holds a 4-1 all-time record against Colgate, which last visited Durham on Nov. 26, 2005 in an opening-round playoff game, which the ‘Cats won, 55-21. The Wildcats are 5-0 against Patriot League opponents under Coach Sean McDonnell. The Raiders won the Patriot League last year and were picked to repeat as champions this year in a preseason poll.

∎ Just a reminder on UNH’s 12/9 ranking – the first number is the The Sports Network poll and the second number is the FCS Coaches poll. New Hampshire has been ranked in the FCS Top 25 for an amazing 128 straight weeks, a stretch that goes back to Sept. 13, 2004. Montana State has the second longest streak with 45 consecutive weeks.

∎ The Wildcats will be thin at running back this week with both Chris Setian and Jimmy Owens out with knee injuries. That leaves redshirt freshman Dalton Crossan as the top back up behind starter Nico Steriti. And Crossan, a highly regarded recruit from Long Island, is battling an ankle injury himself, although he’s listed as probable on UNH’s injury report. Senior cornerback Chris Houston (foot) will be sitting out for a second straight week and once again redshirt freshman Casey DeAndrade will take his place. R.J. Harris, UNH’s top receiving threat, has a broken left hand, but he’s listed as probable.

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