Knight injured as UNH suffers 35-7 loss in season opener to rival Maine

Monitor staff
Friday, August 31, 2018

First there was an injury for the Wildcats, then the Black Bears added insult.

Senior quarterback Trevor Knight departed early with a right shoulder injury and the No. 7 University of New Hampshire football team was trounced in a 35-7 defeat to unranked rival Maine on Thursday night at Alfond Stadium in Orono, Maine.

Knight finished 3 of 8 passing for 25 yards before exiting the game in the second quarter with the Wildcats facing a 7-0 deficit. Christian Lupoli came on in relief and was 5-for-13 for 98 yards with a 62-yard touchdown to Carlos Washington early in the fourth quarter to break up the shutout.

Micah Wright caught a 6-yard touchdown from Chris Ferguson to give Maine a 7-0 lead in the opening moments of the second quarter. The Black Bears added a safety and two Earnest Edwards touchdowns (a 17-yard rush and 11-yard reception) to build a 22-0 halftime cushion.

Jaquan Blair hauled in a 52-yard pass from Drew Belcher to give Maine a 29-0 advantage before UNH cracked the scoreboard. Joe Fitzpatrick capped the scoring with a 14-yard scamper with 2:04 remaining.

New Hampshire, which was pushed back for minus-7 rushing yards on 32 attempts, relinquished the Brice-Cowell Musket for the first time since 2010. UNH had won 15 of its past 16 meetings with Maine.