UNH to host Lafayette in FCS playoff opener

The University of New Hampshire football team will play in its first home playoff game in eight years at noon Saturday when Lafayette visits Cowell Stadium in Durham.

The Wildcats are 5-0 at home this season and 24-2 at The Dungeon in its last 26 games.

With Saturday’s 24-3 win over fourth-ranked University of Maine, the Wildcats earned a spot in the FCS tournament for the 10th consecutive year, which is the longest active streak nationwide.

No. 15 UNH hosts unranked Lafayette (5-6), the only team in the field with a losing record, in a first-round game that will be aired on ESPN3.

Lafayette qualified for the tournament after beating Lehigh on Saturday, 50-28, to clinch the Patriot League title. Lehigh beat UNH in Week 3 of the regular season, 34-27.

If the Wildcats advance, they’ll play at Maine in the second round Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. UNH has never won two playoff games in a row.

Two-time defending national champion and undefeated North Dakota State is the No. 1 overall seed in this year’s tournament.