Wildcats shut down Black Bears again
UNH's R.J. Harris turns up field during first half action on Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono. UNH defeated Maine 41 to 27. With the win UNH Maine moves on the quarterfinal round next weekend in the NCAA FCS tournament. (Gil Talbot Photo)
New Hampshire advances to the FCS quarterfinal round for the first time since 2010.
The Wildcats will play seventh-ranked and fourth-seeded Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday at 7 p.m. in Hammond, La.
Senior Justin Mello had five catches for 90 yards and two UNH scores. Senior Chris Setian carried 10 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
The Wildcats moved in front 27-17 on their first possession of the second half.
On a third and 2 from the Maine 27 with the line of scrimmage jammed, running back Nico Steriti took a direct snap and lobbed a pass to Harold Spears to the Maine 3.
Two plays later Goldrich connected with Mello in the back left corner of the end zone for a 3-yard TD.
The Wildcats put together a huge 87-yard drive in the fourth quarter to go up 34-20 with 6:47 left in the fourth.
A Goldrich to R.J. Harris 16-yard pass on third and 14 from the Maine 9-yard line ignited the drive. Setian ended it with a 12-yard scoring run.
Goldrich had a couple of touchdown passes and MacArthur a couple of field goals to stake UNH to a 20-17 lead at halftime.
Damarr Aultman responded in short order, crossing the field to the right sideline on the ensuing kickoff and racing to an 88-yard TD.
Decloux tied it 10-10 with a 21-yard field goal 4:22 into the second quarter.
MacArthur's second field goal, this one from 22 yards, pushed UNH's lead to 20-10 with 3:25 left before the break.
UNH had 270 yards of offense in the half to Mane's 176. Maine had 18 rushing yards to New Hampshire's 48.