This blog has been created to track the season and accomplishments of the University of Delaware's 2005 Football Team.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Delaware Defeats West Chester 42-21

The Blue Hens, ranked 6th nationally coming into this week, looked good Saturday night as they rolled over Division II powerhouse West Chester University and improved their record to 2-0. For the second week in a row Tubby Raymond Field was sold out and Delaware fans got to see some good football.

Offensively, Delaware was lead by its running backs Omar Cuff and Danny Jones who combined for 237 yards on the ground. Cuff scored his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the season. This was the first time that Delaware had two players rush for over 100 yards in the same game since their 2003 National Championship season. “To have two runners go over 100 yards, that’s a great thing for us,” said Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler. “Danny and Omar give us an outstanding one-two combination and we need that for a long season ahead.” (Quoting the UD Website). Quarterback Sonny Riccio was also on point, throwing for 176 yards and one touchdown and rushing for another touchdown. Riccio surpassed 3,000 passing yards for his career. Niquan Lee and Aaron Love also had big games for the Blue Hens. Lee scored twice on short yardage runs and Aaron Love caught his first touchdown of the season. Love also had a 49 yard punt return which set up a touchdown for Delaware.

The Blue Hens looked strong on the defensive side of the ball as well. Defensive captain Roger Brown recorded a team high 11 tackles while John Mulhern and Erik Johnson each had 9. Tom Parks, an All-American last season had two sacks on the day which totaled negative 14 yards for West Chester.

I watched most of the game from the students section and I would have to say the most exciting play of the game came at the end of the first half. West Chester had the ball with enough time for one more play. Rams QB Matt Burdalski heaved a long ball towards the end zone which was picked off by Rashaad Woodard. Woodard broke a number of tackles and returned the interception for 78 yards, ending up just shy of a touchdown. Although Delaware did not score on the play, it got the team and crowd excited for the second half. Also, I must say that the student section certainly gave the Blue Hens a home field advantage, standing and cheering loud the entire game.

Players To Watch:
Omar Cuff – 18 carries 116 yards; 2 touchdowns
Danny Jones – 21 carries 121 yards; 1 reception 9 yards
Niquan Lee – 4 carries 9 yards; 2 touchdowns
Aaron Love – 4 receptions 45 yards; 1 touchdown
Roger Brown – 11 tackles, 8 solo
Tom Parks – 2 sacks for -14 yards

September 24 vs Holy Cross 7:00pm
October 1 at Towson 6:00pm
October 8 vs Hofstra 12:00pm (Homecoming)


Blogger JoAnn said...

Hey Matt-

Good entry this week- I am glad you decided to stay for the game because I didn’t and I had no idea who won. I like what you did with the “players to watch” section- it made your entry more interesting to read and now I will look for those players at the next game I go to. You also did a good job on including a picture and quote from the U.D website. How do you think we will do next week when we play Holy Cross? I think if we keep playing good offense like we did the past two weeks we will definitely win- but we will see!

8:12 PM

Blogger Jets Fanatic said...

Hey matt,
Great summary of last week's game. I unfortunately could not attend the game, but I'm glad we were able to reign victorious once again. Just like Joann mentioned, I really enjoyed your "players to watch" section. Sometimes it is hard for casual fans to know which players to watch for. This is a good way to help them out. Did you notice if the student section "kept it clean" this game? I heard the University was not too happy about the chants coming out of the student section against Lehigh.
Keep up the good work.

1:44 PM

Blogger Ryan said...

Hey, good updates on the weekly UD games. Delaware is starting off the season pretty well. I saw that Omar Cuff scored 2 more touchdowns in this weeks game. He continues to be a solid player for the Fighting Blue Hens. I haven't really watched any of the games yet this year but I thought it was cool to see the Niquan Lee scored some touchdowns in this game. We used to play on the same basketball team back home so it's good to see that he's putting up some good numbers for the Hens. I used to look for him playing last year but he didn't get much playing time and mainly helped out with special teams.

11:33 PM


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