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ncaa_football_logoDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The B-CU Wildcats wrapped up an outstanding 2010 season on Saturday, playing in the first B-CU playoff game since the 2003 at-large bid. B-CU kept it tight with New Hampshire in the first half, carrying a tie into the locker room at 14-all. UNH scored on four straight possessions to build a significant lead over B-CU, extending it into a 45-20 UNH win at Municipal Stadium.

Though B-CU initially stormed down the field on their first possession, UNH was first to put one on the board, scoring the first touchdown at 10:40 in the first quarter, gaining possession off an interception. UNH scored once more in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead.

B-CU took firm control of the second quarter, shutting out UNH, and putting consecutive scores on the scoreboard, starting with a 53-yard pass from quarterback Jackie Wilson to Courtney Keith. Just minutes later, Dion Hanks shut down a UNH drive with an interception deep in B-CU territory. With Wilson manning the offense, the Wildcats put in a nine-play, 75-yard drive to tie it up, capped off by a 10-yard TD pass from Wilson to Isidore Jackson.

Though B-CU carried a lot of momentum into the half, with a fired up gold-clad crowd on hand, UNH came out firing and marched downfield 60 yards to score in nine plays. B-CU had no answer offensively in the second half, as UNH scored on four consecutive possessions to take a 42-14 lead.

Both teams scored late, as B-CU halted a UNH drive late, holding them to just a field goal, and then taking the ensuing possession downfield 64 yards in just two minutes to put in the final score of the 2010 season with an eight-yard pass from Wilson to Eddie Poole.

"Offensively, we were a little handicapped. We didn’t make the plays that we normally make," said Head Coach Brian Jenkins. "We still made enough plays to keep us in it."

Turnovers played a huge factor in the outcome, but not in B-CU's favor as has been the norm. The Wildcats led the nation wire to wire in the category of turnover margin. However, in today's game, B-CU gave up the ball three times and only took it back once. On that takeaway, the Wildcats marched quickly to a score.

"We turned the ball over and they capitalized on it," said Jenkins. "They wore us down and ended up coming away with the victory."

The loss moves the Wildcats to 0-3 in the Division I playoffs and keeps intact the last MEAC Playoff win, which was Florida A&M, defeating Troy in the 1999 quarterfinal.

The loss also wraps up the season for Bethune-Cookman, an outstanding and record-breaking year in which first-year Head Coach Brian Jenkins led the Wildcats to the most consecutive wins in school history and guided them to only the third NCAA FCS Playoff bid in school history.

Wilson led the Wildcats in his first start in the Maroon and Gold, completing 16 of 32 passes for 192 yards, with a career high of three touchdowns, but also two interceptions. The Wildcats spread the rushing game around, but Andronicus Lovette proved most dangerous, averaging 11.8 yards per carry with 59 yards on five carries.

In the receiving corps, JeVaughn Reams came up just shy of the century mark, hauling in four passes for 91 yards, including some of the most outstanding catches of the day; Reams made several plays when it truly counted for the Wildcats in his final game at Municipal Stadium. Courtney Keith caught three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Reggie Sandilands topped the team, collecting ten tackles, including eight solo grabs and two tackles for loss. Ryan Davis and Jarkevis Fields each collected eight tackles apiece, with Davis also forcing a fumble.

"When we started this season out everybody counted us out; nowhere in the picture, and we ended up at the top of the conference and one of 16 teams left fighting for the National Championship," noted Jenkins of the 2010 success. "I think our players have something to hold our heads high about...It will be great things to come."


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