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College Football: UNH, William & Mary both need a win
Azumah, who closed out with 6,193 career rushing yards and went on to play defensive back for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League, was within a few weeks of closing out his illustrious run at the school.
“That locker room was pretty cool,” McDonnell said this week. “There haven’t been many wins against them. But you remember that one. The kids were excited. That’s what makes this profession special some times. We weren’t having a great season, but Jerry was having a great season and it was great to see the kids enjoying that.”
UNH is 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association and ranked No. 16 in the country. William & Mary is 5-3 and 2-2. Both need a win to keep their playoff hopes on a fast track.
After starting the season 1-3, they put up a season-high 574 yards of offense in a 59-19 win over Rhode Island and used a 99-yard drive early in the fourth period and a last-minute march to upend Villanova, 29-28.
“They look to be as explosive as ever,” said William & Mary coach Jimmye Laycock. “Their offense is always a challenge to try to defend because of the multiple things they do, play-wise. It’s the misdirection. They move it all around and really make you defend the whole field. They certainly know how to win. The way they came back and got the win against Villanova, that was impressive.”
The Wildcats are third in total offense at 460 yards a game and the Tribe allows a league-low 302.9 yards.
Dartmouth hopes to make a move in the Ivy League when it plays at Harvard tonight at 5. Both teams are 2-1 in the league and they’re tied for third behind Princeton and Penn, which is 3-0.
The Big Green are 3-3 overall and Harvard is 5-1.
Harvard lost to Princeton, 51-48 in three overtimes, last Saturday.
Dartmouth is coming off a 56-0 win over Columbia at home. Sophomore linebacker Will McNamara returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns for the Big Green.
Plymouth State, 1-6 overall and 0-5 in the MASCAC, will try to snap a five-game losing streak in its final home game of the season against Worcester State today at 1 p.m. on Currier Field. The Lancers are 3-4 and 1-4 and have lost three straight.