New Hampshire 2016 FCS Football Playoff Capsule

New Hampshire Wildcats
There were some highs and lows for New Hampshire this season. They lost at home to Dartmouth and a couple weeks later beat William & Mary. Later in the season, the Wildcats fell at home to James Madison and Albany. With that loss to Albany, UNH entered the final regular season game in a must win situation against Maine. That was basically a playoff game since Maine needed a victory to make the playoffs as well. But it was UNH who extended their playoff streak with a crucial 24-21 victory.
2016 Record: 7-4, 6-2
Coach: Sean McDonnell
Big Wins: 10/1 William & Mary (21-12), 11/19 at Maine (24-21)
Bad Losses: 9/17 Dartmouth (21-22), 11/12 Albany (25-36)
Running back Dalton Crossan has only rushed for six touchdowns this season, but the senior back eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark on the ground. The offense relies heavily on Crossan to establish the ground game and he usually does it quite well. Trevor Knight is just in his first year as the full-time quarterback and the sophomore has had some tough outings so the more help Crossan can give Knight, the better. On the year, Knight has completed just 57.38 percent of his passes and has thrown ten interceptions with 14 touchdowns. At this point in his career, Knight is not the most consistent quarterback New Hampshire has ever had, but as long as the run game is solid, the pass game can be very dangerous.
The youth and inexperience continues on the defensive side of the ball. Like with Knight, the young defense has had some great moments as well, but their lack of experience could be an issue in the playoffs. Safety Pop Lacey is just a freshman, but leads the team with 66 tackles. Fellow freshman Prince Smith has turned into the biggest playmaker in the secondary, intercepting five passes on the season. Casey DeAndrade is the experienced member of the secondary and one of the best defensive backs in the CAA. The opposition usually avoids DeAndrade and if Smith is not ready to handle a lot of the action coming his way, UNH could be in trouble.
Statistical Leaders:
Rushing: Dalton Crossan, RB, 1,005 yards
Passing: Trevor Knight, QB, 1,645 yards
Receiving: Neil O’Connor, WR, 596 yards
Tackles: Pop Lacey, S, 66
Sacks: Kyle Reisert, DE, 4.5
Interceptions: Prince Smith, CB, 5
2016 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 169.8 (45th in nation, 5th in conference)
Passing Offense: 193.6 (80, 5)
Total Offense: 363.4 (75, 4)
Scoring Offense: 26.1 (63, 3)
Rushing Defense: 142.2 (42, 4)
Pass Defense: 218.0 (57, 10)
Total Defense: 360.2 (42, 6)
Scoring Defense: 21.9 (28, 4)
Turnover Margin: 0.20 (52, 7)
Sacks: 1.60 (86, 7)
Sacks Allowed: 2.80 (95, 11)
Recent Playoff Appearances:
2015    First Round     Lost to Colgate
2014    Second Round            Defeated Fordham
2014    Quarterfinals   Defeated Chattanooga
2014    Semifinals       Lost to Illinois State
2013    First Round     Defeated Lafayette
2013    Second Round            Defeated Maine
2013    Quarterfinals   Defeated Southeastern Louisiana
2013    Semifinals       Lost to North Dakota State
2012    Second Round            Lost to Wofford
2011    Second Round            Lost to Montana State
2010    Second Round            Defeated Bethune-Cookman
2010    Quarterfinals   Lost to Delaware
2009    First Round     Defeated McNeese State
2009    Quarterfinals   Lost to Villanova
2008    First Round     Defeated Southern Illinois
2008    Quarterfinals   Lost to Northern Iowa
2007    First Round     Lost to Northern Iowa
2006    First Round     Defeated Hampton
2006    Quarterfinals   Lost to Massachusetts
2005    First Round     Defeated Colgate
2005    Quarterfinals   Lost to Northern Iowa
2004    First Round     Defeated Georgia Southern
2004    Quarterfinals   Lost to Montana
1994    First Round     Lost to Appalachian State
1991    First Round     Lost to Samford
*all team stats through 11/12