DURHAM, N.H. - Brent Caprio only needed one half to win his first collegiate start.
The Mainland Regional High School graduate left in the third quarter with an injury, but his first-half touchdown pass turned out to be all William and Mary needed to beat New Hampshire 13-3 on Saturday.
New Hampshire led 3-0 when Caprio, a redshirt freshman, directed a seven-play, 51-yard scoring drive midway through the second quarter. He completed all three of his passes on the drive, capping it with a 19-yard touchdown to Chase Hill in the left side of the end zone.
Caprio, the 2008 Press Player of the Year, was playing because William and Mary's top two quarterbacks are hurt.
"It was the first time he'd ever been out there (as a starter)," Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock said of Caprio's performance. "It was a tough situation to be in. I thought he showed a nice touch there. I think as the game was going on, he was getting more of a feel for it."
The Tribe (7-2, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association) are No. 5 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll. New Hampshire (5-4, 3-3 CAA) is ranked eighth. The Wildcats had won 12 straight at home.
Caprio finished 5-for-10 for 30 yards with no interceptions before suffering an undisclosed injury on an attempted screen pass early in the third quarter. Teammate Jonathan Grimes ran for 114 yards and a touchdown as the Tribe did not attempt a single pass after Caprio went down. The William and Mary defense held New Hampshire to 179 total yards.