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College Football: UNH's Knight earns weekly award

Staff report
September 25. 2017 11:50PM
University of New Hampshire football hosted Rhode Island in Homecoming action Saturday afternoon.UNH quarterback Trevor Knight stepped up his performance for a win. (BRUCE TAYLOR/UNION LEADER)

An impactful performance by junior quarterback Trevor Knight of Amherst on Homecoming Day against Rhode Island last Saturday allowed the University of New Hampshire football team to move up in the weekly FCS Coaches’ Poll released Monday.

The Wildcats (3-1) climbed two spots to No. 14 and remained at No. 15 in the weekly STATS FCS Top 25 poll.

Knight completed 23-of-34 passes for a career-high 420 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 28-14 victory before a record announced gathering of 22,135 at Wildcat Stadium in Durham.

Knight, who also rushed for 19 yards and scored a rushing touchdown, was honored as the co-Offensive Player of the Week by the Colonial Athletic Association. Knight, of Amherst, shared this week’s award with Elon University running back Malcolm Summers.

UNH and Stony Brook are atop the CAA standings with 2-0 marks.

UNH has a non-conference contest at home Saturday at 6 p.m. against Bryant University before getting two weeks to prepare for Stony Brook on Oct. 14 in New York.

Knight eclipsed his previous high of 314 yards established last October against defending national champion James Madison University, which is currently 4-0 and atop both polls this week. UNH and James Madison are the only CAA teams in the top 14 in the FCS Coaches Poll.

In the STATS FCS Top 25 poll, Villanova (2-2) is ranked No. 14, ahead of UNH, but ranked three spots below UNH in the FCS Coaches Poll at No. 17.

Knight’s three touchdown passes matched his mark established a week ago against Holy Cross.

Knight completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Rory Donovan in the first quarter, scored on a six-yard run in the second frame and found O’Connor for a 76-yard TD pass play in the fourth frame. His third touchdown pass of the game in the last quarter was from 24 yards out to Malik Love.

Dartmouth’s Douchee earns national honor

The Football Championship Subdivision took notice of Jeremiah Douchee’s play on Saturday.

The Dartmouth College defensive lineman was named Special Teams Player of the Week by the FCS after he blocked two kicks in the fourth quarter against visiting Holy Cross. The Big Green beat the Crusaders 27-26 in overtime in Hanover.

Douchee’s first block came with 6:09 to play when the Crusaders lined up for a 32-yard field goal attempt.

His second block came with three seconds left in regulation, thwarting a potential game-winning extra-point attempt that kept the game tied at 20.

Dartmouth (2-0) begins Ivy League competition this week at co-defending champion Pennsylvania (2-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised by NBC Sports Network.