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Sep 27, 2014 8:46 PM

UNH extends streak against Dartmouth

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DURHAM - The fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire football team got night football in Cowell Stadium off to a strong start with a 52-19 triumph over Dartmouth College on Saturday in front of 8,753 fans on State of New Hampshire Day.

Senior quarterback Andy Vailas passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more and seniors Jimmy Owens and R.J. Harris each scored twice for the Wildcats, who beat the Big Green for the 13th straight time. The Wildcats are undefeated in their last 20 games against Dartmouth at 18-0-2.

UNH won its third straight game and improved to 3-1 on the season. The Wildcats are 1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association and play league newcomer Elon next Saturday on the road.

Vailas replaced the injured Sean Goldrich in the starting lineup and rushed eight times for a career-high 112 yards. He and Owens (15 carries, 81 yards) matched career highs with their two scores.

Harris (eight receptions, 113 yards) has had more than 100 receiving yards in each of UNH's four games. He has five touchdown catches this season.

The UNH defense held Dartmouth, which had 391 yards of total offense in a season-opening win over Central Connecticut State last week, to 262 yards. UNH had a well-balanced 531 yards of offense with 267 rushing and 264 passing.

Junior linebacker Akil Anderson had nine tackles to lead the Wildcats and senior linebacker Shane McNeely had the only turnover for UNH with an interception.

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