College Football: UNH wins, sets up Maine showdown
The University of New Hampshire football team took care of business on Saturday and knocked off the University at Albany, 37-20, on the road to set up a big-time clash against Maine next weekend.
Maine clinched the CAA championship outright on Saturday with a 41-0 win over Rhode Island at home. The Black Bears are 10-1 overall and 7-0 in the league.
Andy Vailas, a junior out of Bedford, split time with sophomore Sean Goldrich at quarterback and completed seven of his 14 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns to senior wide receiver Justin Mello.
Redshirt freshman running back Dalton Crossan scored on a 52-yard run for UNH in the second quarter and then added a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to help seal the game midway through the fourth period.
Then Albany started to chip away at the lead.
Omar Osbourne scored the only TD of the third period on a 1-yard run and it was 20-14 with one period left to play.
A Vailas to Mello 3-yard scoring pass pushed it out to 27-17.
Tom O'Riordan's second field goal of the period cut the lead back to 27-20 with 8:17 to play.
He took off with the ensuing kickoff and scored to boost the lead back to 34-20.
MacArthur tacked on a 34-yard field goal with 2:55 left for good measure.
And now the Wildcats can think about Maine.
"It's tough," said Matt Kaplan, the junior defensive tackle from Franklin, last week. "We don't like Maine and they don't like us."