|Next up: New Hampshire (8-4) at Central Arkansas (10-1)
Saturday, 3 p.m. (ET)
COMPARE: New Hampshire at Central Arkansas
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Malik Love, WR, New Hampshire (10 receptions, 123 yards).
THE TURNING POINT
In a game that was surprisingly close, New Hampshire's 41-yard touchdown pass by Nick Lorden from Trevor Knight was absolutely critical. The Wildcats needed a big play. In a game devoid of big plays, this second quarter breakaway by UNH was the longest the Wildcats mustered all day.[divider]
Now things will get very serious for New Hampshire. Did the Wildcats deserve an FCS Playoff berth? They have a chance to shutup all the naysayers — and there were many — by going to Southland Conference champion Central Arkansas next weekend. Northeast Conference champion Central Connecticut State, on the other hand, represented itself well against one of the top schools in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Devils played stout defense against the UNH run game and kept things very interesting for nearly four quarters — keeping the score 7-0 until the final minute when UNH got its second TD and put it away. Coming in, it seemed this game shouldn't have been close, but CCSU disagreed.
PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK
Like we said above, if New Hampshire wants to prove the naysayers wrong, this upcoming weekend is the time to do it. While New Hampshire had its doubters after falling 15-0 to Albany in the regular season finale and being blown out by Holy Cross in the regular season, Central Arkansas faces doubters who question the strength of its schedule. Both schools have a ton to prove.
Central Arkansas ends UNH's season 30-7