Everyone knows the New England Patriots have a great home record, going 95-17 at Gillette Stadium in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. But the Patriots aren’t the only dominant home team in New England.
The University of New Hampshire Wildcats have an impressive home-field advantage, too, winning 14 consecutive games at Cowell Stadium, with the last loss coming in 2012. Since 2007, the Wildcats are 42-4 at Cowell, dubbed “The Dungeon” by players, fans and staff.
UNH’s football facilities are dated, and the stadium hasn’t had many renovations since it was built in 1936. UNH installed lights last summer, and the stadium will finally receive an upgrade in 2015.
The Wildcats, who are 12-1 and the No. 1 seed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, will host Illinois State in the semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday. Last year, the Wildcats traveled to Fargo, N.D., for their first ever semifinal, taking on North Dakota State. It didn’t go well for UNH, though, as its playoff dreams ended in a 52-14 loss.
UNH’s football program, which has made 11 consecutive playoff appearances, hasn’t been to the FCS National Championship game.
— Arjuna Ramgopal