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

Monitor staff
Published: 8/31/2018 12:21:39 AM

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.

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