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New Hampshire runs away with first-ever ‘Colonial Clash’ at Gillette Stadium

10.23.10 at 11:56 pm ET

In the first-ever collegiate football game played at Gillette Stadium between the University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire, appropriately dubbed the ‘€œColonial Clash,’€ the Wildcats ran away with a commanding 39-13 victory. The Wildcats, who improve to 5-3 overall on the season, and 3-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association, scored first and never looked back as the Minutemen (4-3, 2-2) suffered their second-straight loss.

Sophomore linebacker Matt Evans from New Hampshire won the annual Bill Knight Award, given traditionally to the MVP of the game between the two conference rivals, after recording a team-high 13 tackles, an interception and forcing a fumble. Bill Knight was a long-time Sports Information Director at UNH who died in 1985 after a long battle with cancer. Evans is the 25th recipient of the award.

The first collegiate football game held at Gillette Stadium attracted a CAA-record 32,848 fans in attendance. Supporters for both sides arrived hours early to tailgate in the parking lots and eat in the designated restaurant headquarters in Patriots Place.

New Hampshire was led by sophomore running back Dontra Peters on offense, who carried the ball 23 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while senior quarterback R.J. Toman ran in two scores of his own, while throwing for one more. UMass senior quarterback Kyle Havens threw 55 times, completing 32 passes for a career-high 450 yards in the loss. UNH has a bye week next weekend, while UMass returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 30, at James Madison University.

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