August 1, 2014
When and where: Saturday (5:30 p.m.) at Dartmouth's Memorial Field.
Team records: New Hampshire leads the series 45-13-2.
Head coaches: Former Merrimack Valley coach Dave Jackson is New Hampshire's head coach. BFA-Fairfax coach Mike Williams is guiding Vermont.
2013 result: New Hampshire won, 43-0.
Last Vermont victory: 2000 game (47-40).
Tickets: Tickets are $15 and will be available at the gate.
Noteworthy: From a competitive standpoint, the numbers are ugly. New Hampshire will carry a 13-game winning streak into Saturday's Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl and has outscored Vermont 476-145 during that span. New Hampshire has won 23 of the last 25 contests. ... New Hampshire usually pulls away in the second half. New Hampshire led 21-14 at halftime in 2011 (45-21 final), 34-24 in the third quarter in 2012 (62-24) and 15-0 at halftime last summer (43-0). ... After years of trying to beat New Hampshire through the air, Vermont will attempt to keep the clock moving with an option offense out of a flexbone formation (fullback, two slotbacks and two split ends). New Hampshire will run a spread offense led by UNH-bound QB Trevor Knight (Nashua South). As a senior (10 games), Knight passed for 1,791 yards and 19 touchdowns (two interceptions), and rushed for 1,536 yards and 19 TDs. ... Knight and Salem's Jason Martinez will likely lead New Hampshire's ground game. Martinez, who will walk-on at UNH, gained 1,348 yards and scored 16 touchdowns last season. ... Vermont will likely need a big game from South Burlington running back Tanner Contois, who was named Vermont's Gatorade Player of the Year last year. Contois, who scored 29 touchdowns during his senior season, suffered a torn ACL in the Division I championship game against Middlebury but is reportedly at or near 100 percent. ... Vermont has failed to score more than seven points in seven of the last 13 contests. ... New Hampshire has 57 varsity programs. Vermont has 33. ... Next year's game will not be played in Hanover because of scheduled renovations to Dartmouth's Memorial Field. A location for the 2015 game has not been selected.
Prediction: New Hampshire 34, Vermont 14.
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