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Goldrich, Edmonds headline FCS players of week

It's a big step going from a time share to complete ownership, but it seems like New Hampshire quarterback Sean Goldrich has made the transition.

In his Wildcats' first game since the opening weekend of the college football season, Goldrich led No. 7 New Hampshire to a 45-27 victory over visiting Lehigh on Saturday, throwing for a career high in passing yards.

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Goldrich completed 27-of-40 pass attempts for 422 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions, and added 10 carries for an additional 64 yards, bringing his combined total to 486 yards.

He and Andy Vailas had split time under center for the better part of two seasons, with each seemingly earning the right to more reps from time to time. And this is for a program that employed three straight quarterbacks who solely dominated the position in Ricky Santos, R.J. Toman and Kevin Decker.

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Not one of Goldrich's four scoring passes against Lehigh tied a career high and none was shorter than 31 yards (the long was 53 yards).

His Wildcats will be put to the test this coming weekend with a road matchup against 17th-ranked Richmond. After the performance this week, it's clear Goldrich is the main man going forward.

New Hampshire's Goldrich, Illinois State's Pat Meehan, Western Carolina's Daniel Riddle, Sacramento State's Brad Cornish and Fordham's Chase Edmonds have all been named the FCS national players of the week for Week 3 of the college football season.

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Sean Goldrich, New Hampshire, QB, Jr., 6-3, 212, West Haven, Connecticut

The Wildcats scored early and often against Lehigh on Saturday, led by Goldrich who threw for two first-half touchdowns en route to his four TD passes in the 45-27 UNH win. He finished with 422 passing yards (a career high) and his four touchdown tosses matched his previous career best. He found tight end Harold Spears for a 53-yard score in the first quarter and completed six passes to Walter Payton Award candidate R.J. Harris for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the contest.

Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T, RB, So., 5-6, 172, Bunn, North Carolina

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Cohen was responsible for the Aggies' two touchdowns in a 17-14 edging of new CAA program Elon. The sophomore running back carried the ball 20 times for a career-high 234 yards with one touchdown, and he added a 2-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to start the team's scoring. His 81-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter proved to be the deciding score. The Aggies, from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, are 2-1.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Pat Meehan, Illinois State, LB, Jr., 6-1, 225, Frankfort, Illinois

Meehan was a force to be reckoned with for his Missouri Valley Conference squad when it took down 25th-ranked Eastern Illinois, 34-15, effectively bumping the Panthers from the Top 25 poll. Meehan recorded a team-high 11 tackles in the win, adding a career-best four tackles for loss and two sacks to his stat line. To round out his spectacular performance, Meehan broke up a pass and notched his first career interception, which he returned for 12 yards late in the fourth quarter.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Brad Cornish, Sacramento State, PK, Jr., 6-3, 210, Santee, California

Although Sacramento State took on Weber State Saturday, it was considered a non-conference game and not a Big Sky Conference matchup. It didn't matter for Cornish, who booted a program single-game record five field goals in the Hornets' 42-31 win. He hit a career-long 48-yarder in the first quarter and later connected on kicks of 43, 45, 32 and 40 yards. He became the first Sacramento State player to make at least four 40-yard field goals in a game. He also connected on four extra point tries for 19 points.

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CO-FRESHMEN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Chase Edmonds, Fordham, RB, Fr., 5-9, 185, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

For the second time in three weeks, Edmonds is the national freshman of the week, and for good reason. The running back galloped for a Fordham single-game freshman record of 231 rushing yards (ninth-highest total in school history) and four touchdowns in a 54-7 victory over Rhode Island. Edmonds carried the ball 22 times in the contest, averaging over 10 yards per attempt. He broke scoring runs of 87, 41, 11 and 10 yards, and his 87-yard burst tied the fourth- longest run in the Patriot League's school history. As if his stat line couldn't possibly be better, Edmonds added two kickoffs for 28 yards, bringing his total to 259 all-purpose yards in the win. He leads the nation with 213.3 all-purpose yards per game.

Daniel Riddle, Western Carolina, LB, Fr., 6-1, 225, Raleigh, North Carolina

Riddle, a freshman linebacker for the Catamounts, had a strong defensive showing against Division II opponent Catawba. Even though his Southern Conference team was playing against lower-level competition, Riddle stood out in his first career start with a game-high 18 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack in WCU's 35-17 win. To make his presence felt even more, the Raleigh native forced two fumbles in the contest.

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