DURHAM, N.H. — Trevor Knight threw for 149 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 79 yards as New Hampshire sneaked past Maine 24-23 in the Colonial Athletic Association opener Thursday night.

New Hampshire led 24-17 when Maine’s Chris Ferguson, who finished with 239 yards and three scores, hit Jason Simonovich on a 4-yard scoring strike with 9:07 left in the game. Kenny Doak was wide left on the PAT.

The Black Bears had the ball on their own 21 with 2:45 left and drove to the New Hampshire 45, but Quinlen Dean picked off a fourth-down desperation pass with 35 seconds left to secure the win.

Malik Love caught five passes for 96 yards and a score for the Wildcats.

New Hampshire won its eighth straight in the series. A year ago Morgan Ellman kicked a field goal with 7 seconds left for a 24-21 win.

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