New Hampshire knocks off Maine 41-27

Sean Goldrich threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, leading

New Hampshire to a 41-27 victory over Maine in the second round of

the FBC playoffs Saturday.

New Hampshire (9-4) defeated Maine (10-3) two weeks ago 24-3 in

the Colonial Athletic Association regular season finale. The

Wildcats will play the Sam Houston – Southeastern Louisiana winner

in the next round.

New Hampshire scored first on Mike McArthur’s 43-yard field goal

in the first quarter. Damarr Autman returned the ensuing kickoff 88

yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 Maine advantage. Three plays later

New Hampshire retook the lead 10-7 when Goldrich threw to Justin

Mello for a 57-yard scoring strike

A Goldrich to Mello 3-yard pass gave the Wildcats a 27-17

advantage with 11:30 remaining in the third. They then pulled away

on two Chris Setain rushing touchdowns in the final quarter.

Marcus Wasilewski led Maine with 229 yards passing.