The No. 10/11 William and Mary football team had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 32-3 loss at No. 4/6 new hampshire on Saturday afternoon.
After falling behind, 15-3, at halftime, the Tribe (4-2, 1-1) was unable to rally back from a double-digit deficit for a third consecutive comeback win.
The Wildcats (5-1, 3-0) outgained W&M, 402-217, en route to earning their ninth consecutive homecoming victory. Additionally, it marked just the second time W&M has lost to UNH in the last 12 meetings.
UNH got on the scoreboard first with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Nico Steriti with 3:37 remaining in the first quarter, which was followed by a successful two-point conversion. The quick five-play, 35-yard drive was set up after a blocked punt by UNH’s Ryan Farrell.
The Wildcats extended the lead to 15-0 with a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Vailas to wideout R.J. Harris on the first play of the second quarter. The drive was keyed by a 32-yard pass from Vailas to tight end Harold Spears.
Both teams marched into the opposition’s territory in the final minutes of the opening half, but both drives stalled with interceptions.
Although W&M dominated the time of possession in the first half, 17:22 – 12:38, UNH outgained the Tribe, 181-116.
After holding W&M to a three-and-out on the initial drive of the second half, UNH’s Christian Brenda capped off an eight-play, 51-yard drive with a 20-yard field goal.
UNH extended the lead to 24-3 on its following possession with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Vailas to Steriti with 5:18 remaining in the third quarter.
The Wildcats tacked on the final score with a 2-yard touchdown pitch from Vailas to Steriti that pushed the margin to 32-3 with 7:52 remaining. The 14-play drive covered 56 yards and lasted 6:54.
Senior wide receiver Tre McBride finished the contest with seven catches for 28 yards, while junior running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor totaled 52 rushing yards on 12 carries.
UNH was led by Vailas, who completed 25-of-36 passes for 276 yards with three touchdowns. Wide receiver R.J. Harris also came up big for the Wildcats with five catches for 105 yards with a score.
The Tribe will return to action next Saturday when it hosts No. 6/5 Villanova for homecoming.