DURHAM — Twice in last week's riveting 29-28 win over Villanova, the University of New Hampshire offense found itself pinned on its 1-yard line by a punt.
And twice the offense quickly worked its way out of trouble.
The first time, senior fullback Chris Setian took a handoff from quarterback Sean Goldrich and picked up 11 yards on first down and the UNH got to midfield before having to punt.
The next time, the Wildcats put together a huge drive that gave them a 21-14 lead with just over five minutes to play.
Setian busted through the line for 17 yards on the first play of that one. The drive lasted 14 plays and ended with Goldrich's nice 8-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Jared Allison in the left corner of the end zone.
"That was definitely a confidence booster," said redshirt freshman running back Dalton Crossan. "We kind of knew we could move the ball off the goal line and once we got in a rhythm, we just kept rolling."
UNH was again able to move the ball on the ground and that helped eat up time and keep dangerous quarterback John Robertson and his offense off the field.
The Wildcats will try to do more of the same today at Stony Brook and limit the chances of the Seawolves' power running game in a 4 p.m. contest.
Both teams are 3-3 overall. No 20-ranked UNH is 2-1 in the CAA and Stony Book is 1-2.
UNH leads the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing yardage per game and is fourth in passing and the combined numbers are best in overall offense. The numbers could not be more balanced — the Wildcats are averaging 241.5 yard rushing and 239.2 passing for a total of 480.7.
UNH is second in scoring at 36.2 yards per game.
Crossan and Goldrich were two of many standouts against Villanova.
Goldrich completed 21 of his 28 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown and scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 4-yarder with 14 seconds left in the game. He received the Gold Helmet Award from the New England Football Writers for his efforts.
Goldrich has completed 52 of his 74 passes (70.3 percent) for 681 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions.
He'll start his third straight game today. Andy Vailas, the junior from Bedford, will back him up. Vailas started the first four games and is recovering from a knee injury.
Crossan was named the CAA Rookie of the Week. He carried five times for 41 yards, scored UNH's first TD on a 17-yard run and it was his 35-yard kickoff return that set up the team's winning drive with just over a minute to play.Crossan, who had a scholarship offer from Michigan to play lacrosse, is back home this weekend. He grew up eight miles from Stony Brook in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
UNH was called for 25 penalties over tis first four games. The Wildcats were whistled for one penalty against Rhode Island two weeks ago and none against Villanova.
Dartmouth takes a 2-3 overall record and 1-1 mark in the Ivy League to New York City and Columbia today at 1:30.
The Big Green are coming off a 17-14 loss at home to Bucknell. Two of Dartmouth's losses have been by three points and the other was in four overtimes to Penn.
St. Anselm, 0-7 overall and 0-6 in the Northeast-10, is at AIC today at 1 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets, 5-2 and 5-1, are on a three-game win streak.
Plymouth State, 1-5 overall, and 0-4 in the MASCAC, is at Framingham State, 5-1 and 4-0, today at 1.
PSU's Chris Smith, a junior from Merrimack, was named the MACAC's Special Teams Player of the Week for his work in a loss to Bridgewater State on Saturday. Smith scored on an 80-yard kickoff return and averaged 46.5 yards on four returns.