NEWARK, Del. (AP) -- Ricky Santos threw for three touchdowns and
ran for two more to lead New Hampshire to a 52-49 victory over
Delaware on Saturday night.
New Hampshire's David Ball, who came into the game tied with
Jerry Rice for the Division I-AA record of 50 touchdown receptions,
had seven catches for 126 yards but did not find the end zone.
"I know I'll get another touchdown at some point," Ball said.
"The win was the most important thing. I'm not upset at all that I
didn't break the record tonight."
Santos completed 21 of 30 passes for 281 yards and ran the ball
13 times for 110 yards as the Wildcats (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic 10) won
their tenth straight regular-season game.
The teams combined to score 43 points in the fourth quarter
alone, and New Hampshire didn't secure the victory until it
recovered an onside kick with 53 seconds remaining.
Delaware (2-2, 1-1) closed within 52-49 when Joe Flacco hit
Aaron Love for a 10-yard touchdown with 56 seconds left.
The teams combined for 982 yards and 50 first downs.
Omar Cuff led Delaware with 109 yards rushing and four
touchdowns. He also had eight catches for 79 yards. Flacco went
28-for-45 for 315 yards and three touchdowns, and Ben Patrick had
nine catches for 109 yards.
Trailing 27-21, the Wildcats took their first lead since early
in the first quarter when Corey Graham returned a kickoff 99 yards
for a touchdown with 10:13 left in the third quarter.
Tom Manning's 41-yard field goal with 5:12 left in the quarter
pushed New Hampshire's advantage to 31-27. The Blue Hens' last lead
came at 34-31, when Cuff's 1-yard run capped a 16-play, 71-yard
drive with 13:34 left in the game.
New Hampshire answered quickly with a seven-play, 80-yard drive
that ended when Santos eluded a tackler and hit Chris Ward for a
13-yard touchdown pass with 10:54 remaining, giving the Wildcats
the lead for good.
The game was tied at 21 at halftime.
Ball, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior from Orange, Vt., tied Rice's
I-AA record with three touchdown catches against Dartmouth last
week. He has five TD receptions this season. Ball needs 766
receiving yards to surpass Rice's I-AA record total of 4,693 yards.