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UNH takes Pride in this comeback

Hofstra denied by Santos, Brown

Ricky Santos threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Brown with 6:40 remaining yesterday to lift New Hampshire to a 29-26 win over Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y.

Santos completed 23 of 35 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns for the Wildcats (8-1, 6-1 Atlantic 10), who won their fourth game in a row. David Ball had scoring receptions of 30 and 14 yards. Hofstra quarterback Anton Clarkson was 32 of 48 for 322 yards and three scores, but threw four interceptions.

Clarkson's 22-yard TD throw to Terry Crenshaw in the third quarter closed the gap to 21-19. The 2-point conversion failed. The Pride (5-4, 3-3) then moved in front, 26-21, on Clarkson's 10-yard TD pass to Brandon Sebald late in the third.

Santos brought UNH, ranked No. 2 in Division 1-AA, back with his scoring pass to Brown, then found Ball for a 2-point conversion.

Etienne Boulay led the Wildcats' defense with a pair of interceptions, and he also recovered one of Hofstra's four fumbles.

James Madison 30, William & Mary 29 -- Paul Wantuck hit a 44-yard field goal with three seconds left to lift the Dukes over the host Tribe (5-4, 3-3).

Quarterback Justin Rascati had a 14-yard touchdown run with 4:39 remaining to bring James Madison (5-4, 3-3) to within 2, 29-27. Rascati finished 17 of 27 for 136 yards and also carried the ball eight times for 65 yards.

Alvin Banks rushed 24 times for 134 yards, including touchdown scampers of 42 yards and 17 yards.

Greg Kuehn kicked three field goals to break the William & Mary career record with 59.

Towson 40, Villanova 19 -- Josh Corle returned a blocked punt 28 yards, Trent Covington scored on a 70-yard fumble recovery, and the host Tigers rolled up 38 first-half points en route to victory over the Wildcats.

Towson (6-3, 3-3) had five sacks, recovered two fumbles, intercepted two passes, and blocked two conversion kicks, returning one for 2 points.

Martin Gibson, Christopher Polite, and Matt Dicken scored touchdowns for Villanova (4-5, 2-4). Frank Jankowski was 24 of 43 for 245 yards for the Wildcats. Towson's Sean Schaefer completed 18 of 29 passes for 192 yards.

Richmond 38, VMI 3 -- Stacy Tutt accounted for 372 yards of total offense as the Spiders rolled at home.

Richmond (6-3), which earned its fifth straight win, scored on four of its five possessions in the first half, including drives of 82 and 97 yards.

Tutt finished 20 of 29 for 268 yards and three TDs. He carried the ball 10 times for 104 yards.

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