Cowboys-Wildcats: New Hampshire Football Advances to FCS Quarterfinals

Brittany JacobsCorrespondent INovember 30, 2009

For the fifth time in six seasons, the New Hampshire Wildcats advanced to the FCS Quarterfinals. 

On Saturday, Nov. 28, the No. 10 Wildcats defeated the No. 8 McNeese State Cowboys, 49-13. 

UNH quarterback R.J. Toman led the charge, completing 17-of-25 passes for 240 yards.  He also threw three touchdown passes and ran one in on his own. The New Hampshire Wildcats held true to their title of "CAA's highest-scoring offense" as they finished with seven touchdowns. 

The first score came from Scott Sicko who caught a nine yard pass from Toman to put the Wildcats on the board. The extra point by Tom Manning was good and Wildcats led by seven. 

A few minutes later the Cowboys Josh Lewis scored on a 31 yard field goal to bring the score to 7-3, Wildcats.

New Hampshire marched down the field with an 11-play drive totaling 91 yards. It ended with Toman running it in himself and Manning kicking the extra point. 

Just like after UNH's first touchdown, the Cowboys responded with a field goal. McNeese's Lewis kicked a 40-yarder to bring the score to 14-6.

The Cowboys' last score of the game came early in the second half on a touchdown.  From there the Wildcats broke loose and could not be stopped, scoring four touchdowns in a row.

Chad Kackert with an 11 yard run. 

Sicko with another TD grab. 

Terrence Klein intercepting a pass and running it back 79 yards for the TD.

A 38-yard TD pass to Travis Negron and a one yard run by Dontra Peters rounded out the Wildcat scoring in the fourth quarter, bringing the final score to 49-13.

Throughout the game, the No. 10 Wildcats proved that they are a team capable of making big plays both offensively and defensively. Ryan Hinds stood out defensively, contributing nine tackles for the Wildcats.

With the win, the Wildcats advance to the quarterfinals where they will play another Wildcat squad. UNH will take on No. 2 Villanova on Dec. 5 in Villanova, PA. Kick-off is set for 3:30 PM ET and can be seen on ESPN360 or on the ESPN Game Plan Package.

UNH is the only team to have defeated Villanova this season with a 28-24 victory on October 10. The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the national semifinals.