Goldrich and Co. looking for first road-win
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 01:10
UNH’s 29-28 win over Villanova last Saturday showed a Wildcats offense in balance between the running and passing games. The Wildcats carried the ball for 237 yards and passed for 251.
On the passing side, quarterback Sean Goldrich completed 21 of 28 with no interceptions and one passing touchdown.
Jared Allison had the most receptions with six for 56 yards a touchdown. The touchdown pass came in the fourth quarter when Goldrich placed the ball high in the back left corner of the endzone and Allison pulled it in.
R.J. Harris has been active since having surgery on his left hand in September, but is still not quite 100 percent. Harris caught four passes for 44 yards against Rhode Island on Oct. 12.
Despite the limitations on Harris, who was the top receiver on the offense in the 2012 season, Goldrich has confidence in the rest of his receivers and has shown that off in the two games he has started.
“I’m not scared [that] if any of our receivers go down we don’t have someone to fill in and do the job,” Goldrich said.
Goldrich praised Allison’s play in the Villanova game, particularly on the fourth quarter touchdown play.
“Jared is a talented kid,” Goldrich said. “He finds a way to get open and he finds a way to make people miss.”
Goldrich and Allison have come up through the program together, both redshirting in the 2011 season.
“Being able to throw with [Jared] on scout team, I kind of got a nice relationship with him,” Goldrich said. “[Against Villanova], knowing that R.J. was down, he stepped up big. And everyone was confident in him.”
STONY BROOK PREVIEW
The Wildcats travel to Stony Brook, N.Y., to take on the Seawolves (3-3, 1-2 CAA) this Saturday. The 2013 season marks the first for Stony Brook in the CAA.
The Seawolves’ defense is the strongest element of their team. The team beat Colgate last week on the road 27-3, only allowing a field goal in the fourth quarter.
On average, Stony Brook has only allowed 307.2 yards per game, good enough for 11th in the FCS. In addition, the program has allowed on average less than three touchdowns per game.
Defensive end Junior Solice is a player UNH coach Sean McDonnell pointed out in his meeting with the media on Wednesday. Solice, who stands at 6’2” and 250 pounds, ranks first on the team in sacks with 3.5 and fumble recoveries with two.
Senior linebacker Jawara Dudley was recruited by UNH, McDonnell said, but opted to go to Stony Brook.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
UNH running back Dalton Crossan hails from Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., and grew up minutes from the Stony Brook stadium. Crossan said he is looking forward to playing back home.
“It’s really exciting,” Crossan said. “Friends and family are going to get to come watch me play, more than just my immediate family that comes up here every week. It should be fun to see a lot of familiar faces in the crowd.”
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