Brosmer rallies New Hampshire past Villanova, 28-20

UNH Insider
Published: 11/2/2019 6:36:01 PM

DURHAM – True freshman quarterback Max Brosmer and the Wildcat defense sparked a fierce second-half rally to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to a 28-20 triumph over No. 11 Villanova on Saturday afternoon in Wildcat Stadium.

UNH has won five of its last six games and improved to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Villanova fell to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the league with its third straight loss.

The Wildcats face No. 2 James Madison next on Nov. 9 at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Va., at 3:30 p.m.

They play at UAlbany on Nov. 16 and then wrap up the regular season with a Border Battle game against Maine on Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at home in Wildcat Stadium.

UNH rallied from a 20-7 halftime deficit, shut Villanova down in the second half and also got its ground game and offense rolling.

Junior safety Evan Horn contributed a pair of interceptions, including one that stopped Villanova’s final rally. Redshirt freshman defensive back Randall Harris also had a fourth quarter interception. Senior linebacker Michael Balsamo led the defense with 10 tackles.

Brosmer completed 25 of his 32 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. The completions, yardage and touchdown numbers were all career-bests. He was 10-for-10 passing for 132 yards and two scores in the second half.

The final two touchdown passes were to redshirt freshman running back Dylan Laube.

The first Brosmer to Laube scoring connection covered 31 yards and with a conversion kick by junior Jason Hughes put UNH up 21-20 with 5:34 left in the third period. The second went for 21 yards and set the final score with 8:49 left in the fourth quarter.

Brosmer’s other TD pass was a 15-yarder to sophomore Brian Espanet that capped UNH’s first possession of the game.

Sophomore running back Carlos Washington, Jr. broke free for a 31-yard touchdown run to open the second half scoring for UNH.

The defense, paced by a couple of stops by junior defensive tackle Elijah Lewis forced a three-and-out on Villanova’s first series to open the second half.

UNH marched down the field to Washington’s score.

The defense held again and the offense responded with the first Brosmer to Laube score and UNH was in front.

Villanova came in averaging 203 rushing yards a game. UNH held the visitors to 90 rushing yards.

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