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NEWARK, Del. -- The First State Cup will remain in the hands of the University of Delaware football team for yet another year.
The Blue Hens broke out to a 28-point halftime lead and rolled to a 42-21 victory over Delaware State in the annual battle of the state’s only Division I teams Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.
Quarterback Trent Hurley, who earned the Nate Beasley Game Most Valuable Player Award, completed 24 of 31 passes for a career-high 328 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Blue Hens (2-0) to their second straight big victory. Delaware opened a new era under head coach Dave Brock with a 51-35 victory over Jacksonville (Fla.) last week and have now scored 40 or more points in consecutive games for the first time since 2010.
The Hens, 2-0 for the third time in the last four years, have now downed the Hornets (0-1) in all five meetings and have averaged over 25 points per victory.
“It’s hard to win so I’m very pleased that our players had the opportunity to win and we played well enough to win,” said Brock. “It was another tale of halves. We didn’t play the way we wanted to in the second half, but part of it was that we felt we had the game in hand and we didn’t take a lot of chances. I thought Trent did a terrific job and managed the game well. He made the throws he needed to make and we have guys on the outside who can make plays.”
Hurley had plenty of help on the way to his big day. Senior wide receiver Rob Jones, who ended his season with an injury in last year’s victory over Delaware State just two games into the campaign, scored three times Saturday as he caught three passes for 43 yards, including scoring strikes of five and 33 yards, and returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown. The return was the first score off a punt return by a Delaware player since Sidney Haugabrook vs. Navy in 2004.
Blue Hen wide receiver Michael Johnson had his second straight 100-yard receiving effort as he caught four passes for 100 yards and started the day’s action with a 55-yard scoring bomb from Hurley just six minutes into the contest. The Hens also got a nine-yard scoring run from Julian Laing and an 18-yard scoring strike from Hurley to tight end Nick Boyle in the second half.
Despite the loss, Delaware State had 25 first downs to Delaware’s 21, gained just 16 fewer total yards (456-440), and had a nearly 13-minute advantage in time of possession. Hornets quarterback Cory Murphy, who hit on 30 of 45 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns, threw scoring strikes of four and seven yards to Malik Golson. Wide receiver Milton Williams finished the day with a game-high 10 catches for 112 yards.
DSU got its other touchdown with just 2:11 left when backup quarterback
Esayah Obado, who had thrown an interception to Delaware’s Travis Hawkins moments earlier, recovered Hawkins’ fumble and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown.
Delaware scored on five straight possessions in the first half on the way to a 35-7 lead. The 35 points were the most scored by Delaware in a half since also putting up 35 against Delaware State in the first half of their 2011 matchup that the Hens eventually won 45-0.
The Blue Hens continue non-league action next week when they travel to the U.S. Naval Academy for a 3:30 p.m. start. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network Television.
• Delaware junior DE Laith Wallschleger blocked a field goal attempt by Mitchell Ward in the fourth quarter for his school-record fifth career blocked kick. Wallschleger, who blocked three kicks last year, had shared the record with Tom Parks (2002-05)
• Dave Brock is just the fifth head coach in UD history to win his first two games, joining Nathan Mannakee (1903), Frank Forstburg (1925), Neil Stahley (1934), and Tubby Raymond (1966). Only Mannakee and Raymond won their first three games.
• The game was played before a crowd of 19,316
• Delaware Governor presented the First State Cup to Brock and team captains Andrew Pierce and Zach Kerr after the game
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NEWARK, Del. -- The Dave Brock Era at the University of Delaware got off to a roaring start Thursday night at Delaware Stadium as the Blue Hens scored 24 unanswered points to overcome an early two-touchdown deficit and cruised to a 51-35 victory over Jacksonville in the college football opener for both teams.
Brock, just the fifth head coach at Delaware since the 1940’s, saw his team start out rocky but finish strong as the Blue Hens (1-0) won their home opener for the ninth straight season and for the 22nd time in the last 24 years.
Delaware’s aggressive attack piled up a whopping 611 yards of total offense - the highest for a UD team since gaining 620 in a 30-17 NCAA playoff win over Portland State in 2000 - while the defense held the Dolphins (0-1) to just 224 total yards and negative 37 yards rushing, the third lowest total allowed in UD history. Jacksonville, which jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, scored three of its touchdowns either directly off turnovers or from short distances several plays later.
Quarterback Trent Hurley (at left) led the UD offense as he completed 19 of 29 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown while senior All-American Andrew Pierce recorded his 19th career 100-yard rushing effort with 101 yards and a score. Julian Laing added 97 yards and two touchdowns, Jalen Randolph added 87 yards and scored once in his collegiate debut, and Michael Johnson(top right) caught seven passes for 104 yards and also scored a rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, Delaware had eight tackles for loss and forced four fumbles, including one with 3:31 left that sophomore linebacker Jeff Williams (bottom right) picked up and rambled 24 yards to cap the night’s scoring.
Jacksonville, a Pioneer League member that went 7-4 a year ago, saw quarterback Kade Bell hit on 18 of 34 passes for 261 and four touchdowns, including two to Andy Robustelli. The Dolphins also scored on a 63-yard interception by Antonio McRae with 12 minutes left that cut the UD deficit to 38-28. The Hens then pulled away on Laing’s second touchdown run and William’s fumble recover for a score.
Jacksonville jumped out to a 14-0-lead in the first quarter, taking advantage of Delaware fumbles on both a punt return and kickoff return. But the Hens answered quickly, scoring 24 unanswered points on short scoring runs from Pierce, Laing, and Randolph and a 20-yard field goal by Sean Baner to go up 38-21 early in the final stanza.
• The game was played before an opening night crowd of 19,120
• The 51 points was the most scored by the Blue Hens on opening day since a 62-21 win over Lehigh in 1993
• Delaware snapped a four-game losing streak that dated back to last season and avoided its first five-game losing streak since the 1939 campaign
• The game marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools and the first time Delaware had played a team from Florida since defeating Rollins College in 1949
• Each of Delaware’s last four coaches have won their UD coaching debut - dating back to Dave Nelson in 1951, Tubby Raymond in 1966, and K.C. Keeler in 2002
• Baner was wide on his sixth extra point attempt of the night, marking the first time he had missed an extra point in 68 career attempts
• Delaware will continue action next Saturday when the Hens host in-state foe Delaware State at 3:30 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.
NEWARK, Del. -- The first weekly University of Delaware Football Coaches Radio Show on WDSD 94.7 FM will be held tomorrow, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at Klondike Kate’s Restaurant on Main Street in Newark.
Due to the 2013 football season opener being held on Thursday, Aug. 29, vs. Jacksonville, the weekly show was moved up to Monday for the first week only. Starting next Wednesday, Sept.4, the show will be held each Wednesday night for the remainder of the season.
Show host and WDSD Sports Director Scott Klatzkin (at right) and new University of Delaware head coach Dave Brock will discuss the 2013 season, the first week opponent, and other topics involving UD athletics and college football. Members of the Blue Hen football team will also be guests on the show each week.
The one-hour show is held on the second floor of Klondike Kate’s and is open to all fans. Reservations are preferred by calling 302-737-6100. Prizes will be given away each week at Klondike Kate’s for those in attendance.
The show airs on WDSD 94.7 FM and iHeart Radio. The podcast is available the following day at WDSD.com. Fans can tweet @UDBlueHens or post on Facebook any questions for Coach Brock.
WDSD and 1290 AM The Ticket will once again be the home of all things Delaware Football in 2013.
All Delaware games home and away can be heard live on 94.7 WDSD with the Gameday Pre-Game Show starting one hour before kickoff. The show is hosted by the Blue Hens Gameday broadcast crew of Klatzkin, Matt Janus (color analyst), Tim Donnelly (sideline), and Matt Ryan (on-site producer).
Also returning this year is Blue Hens Live, a show discussing UD football with interviews, recaps, game highlights, analysis, and more. The show can be heard live each Friday on Delaware’s only all-sports radio station, 1290 The Ticket (1290-AM) and iHeart Radio, from 5 pm until 6:30 pm.
Great season ticket packages as low as $99 and single game tickets for as low as $10 are now available by calling 302-831-2257, going online to www.bluehens.com/tickets, or in-person at the Bob Carpenter Center Ticket Office.
We're just 3 days away from the kickoff to the 2013 Football Season. Color Analyst Matt Janus checks in with his CAA Football Preview and Predictions.
1. Towson (11-1)
2. Villanova (9-2)
3. New Hampshire (8-3)
4. James Madison (8-4)
5. Delaware (7-5)
6. Richmond (7-5)
7. William & Mary (7-5)
9. Stony Brook (4-7)
10. Rhode Island (2-10)
11. Albany (1-11)