UNH football beats Maine in OT, will host Fordham in FCS playoffs

  • University of New Hampshire running back Dylan Laube runs for yards against UMaine on Saturday at Alfond Stadium in Orono, Maine. Laube ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Maine, 42-41 in overtime, to close out the regular season. The victory assured UNH’s spot in the FCS playoffs. Dave O’Brien / UNH Athletics

  • UNH’s Adam Deese (81) celebrates in the end zone after catching his first touchdown for the Wildcats, a 6-yard pass from Max Brosmer in the fourth quarter. UNH went on to defeat Maine, 42-41, in overtime on Saturday at Alfond Stadium in Orono, Maine, to close out the regular season. Dave O’Brien / UNH Athletics

  • The University of New Hampshire football team celebrates with the Brice-Cowell Musket after defeating Maine, 42-41, in overtime in its annual rivalry game on Saturday at Alfond Stadium in Orono, Maine. The Wildcats finished the regular season 8-3 overall, 7-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association, and qualified for the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2017. Dave O’Brien / UNH Athletics

UNH Insider
Published: 11/20/2022 10:33:56 PM

Junior running back Dylan Laube ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns, and sophomore quarterback Max Brosmer passed for three scores to lead the No. 18 University of New Hampshire football team to a wild and crucial 42-41 overtime win over Maine on Saturday at Alfond Stadium in Orono.  

UNH hit the “trifecta” as first-year head coach Rick Santos put it.  

The Wildcats grabbed a share of the Colonial Athletic Association championship for the first time since 2014, nailed down a spot in the NCAA FCS Division I tournament for the first time since 2017 and brought the coveted Brice-Cowell Musket back to Durham.  

UNH will host Fordham (9-2) in the first round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.

The Wildcats qualified for the tournament for 14 straight seasons from 2004-2017.  

UNH improved to 8-3 overall and finishes 7-1 in the CAA. The Wildcats share the league championship with William & Mary. The Tribe earned their share of the title with a win over Richmond on Saturday.  

Maine won the coin toss and deferred to start overtime. Five plays later, Brosmer’s third touchdown pass was a 4-yarder to junior tight end Kyle Lepkowski. Redshirt freshman Nick Mazzie kicked the conversion to make it 42-35. 

The Black Bears scored a touchdown on a razzle-dazzle play from 31 yards out on a fourth down and 16 yards to go play on their turn in OT. They elected to go for a two-point conversion and Joe Fagnano’s pass was intercepted by junior linebacker Bryce Shaw, ending the game. 

Brosmer completed 14 of 23 passes for 247 yards and the three scores.  

Laube carried 30 times for his 190 yards and had scores of three, 15 and 48 yards.  

Junior linebacker Ryan Toscano led the Wildcats with 14 tackles and sophomore defensive end Dylan Ruiz had 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss with a quarterback sack.  

Maine’s Elijah Barnwell rushed 20 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns.  Fagnano completed 16 of 32 passes for 202 yards and a score. He also ran 12 time for 71 yards and a TD.  

Maine closed the season with a 2-9 overall record, 2-6 in the CAA.  

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