Wildcats face tough trip to Arkansas

DURHAM — Trevor Knight and the upset-minded University of New Hampshire Wildcats hit the road Saturday in the FCS Playoffs Round of 16. UNH is a hefty 13.5-point underdog as it visits the University of Central Arkansas.

Central Arkansas head coach Steve Campbell says the closest he’s come to New Hampshire is a road trip to Hofstra, but he’s seen plenty of video and he knows what Knight and the Wildcats are all about.

“They have a lot of great athletes, are extremely well-coached and you can see their excellent fundamentals,” the coach said via conference call on Monday. “You can easily see why that program has made the playoffs (a national best) 14 straight times.

“Offensively, they are extremely dangerous. The quarterback (Amherst’s Knight) is a dual threat. He can pull it down and run, and he’s extremely efficient throwing the football.”

Knight was rock-solid and totally dependable in the opening-round playoff win last week over Central Connecticut State. The junior understands that might not be enough, though. Maybe, he has to crank it up a notch.

“If we want to continue our success through the playoffs, we’ve got to be better on offense, especially in the red zone. We’ve got to count by sevens not threes. We’ve got to make some field goals when we have the opportunity. There’s room to improve and I’m just glad we have another shot,” he said.