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

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Delaware Football Defeated by Maine 25-15

This past week the Blue Hens headed to the University of Maine to take on the Black Bears in Atlantic 10 football conference action. Delaware entered the game coming off a huge win last week against defending national champs James Madison University. Maine like Delaware has been struggling this season and were looking for their first conference win of the season. In my eyes this was the game that was going to decide the rest of the season for the Hens. With a record of 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the league this game was make it or break it.

Unfortunately, Delaware was not able to put it together and come away with the victory. Maine got off to a strong start, going up 13-0 early in the second quarter. Delaware looked to be making a comeback after a 55 yard drive that lasted over 10 minutes ended with a touchdown run by Omar Cuff right before halftime. Freshman kicker Zach Hobby nailed two field goals in the second half to tie the game 13-13. Hobby has hit 6 of 7 field goals this season. With about 7:00 minutes remaining in the game, Delaware had the ball in the red zone looking to take the lead. However, on a run up the middle, Danny Jones (who was injured on the play) fumbled the ball and it was recovered by a Maine player. Maine then drove 88 yards and scored when QB Ron Whitcomb found Kevin McMahan in the end zone, puttin Maine on top 19-13 (missed the extra point). With just over 3:00 minutes remaining in the game, Delaware began their next drive on their own 42 yard line. On the first play of the drive, QB Sonny Riccio was sacked and fumbled the ball which was recovered by a Maine player and run to the 1 yard line. Maine scored again but missed a two point conversion to bring the score to 25-13. Delaware put together another good drive late in the game and found themselves on the Maine 1 yard line. But on 4th and goal Omar Cuff (who missed most of the second half with turf toe) was stopped short of the goaline by Maine defenders. The ball was turned over to Maine who actually snapped the ball out of the endzone for a safety, making the score 25-15. It was too little too late though for the Blue Hens who dropped to 4-4 overall and 1-4 in the A-10 conference. Injuries and costly mistakes by Delaware were the difference in the game.

The Maine defense was lead by senior linebacker Jermaine Walker who had 17 tackles including 11 which were unassisted. Jermaine is from Teaneck, New Jersey and is a friend of mine from high school, so props to him on representing Teaneck well.

For Delaware, Riccio finished the game 15-of-23 for 158 yards, Danny Jones rushed 19 times for 108 yards, and Omar Cuff who saw limited action because of injury rushed 18 times for 33 yards and the Blue Hens only touchdown. Aaron Love was the leading receiver for Delaware, catching 8 passes for 78 yards. Defensively, KeiAndre Hepbrun lead the team with 9 tackles and half a sack, John Mulhern had 8 tackles, and Stephen Purkey had 7 tackles including a sack.

Next week, Delaware will host UMASS at 1:00pm in the last home game of the season. Make sure you make it to the game and check back for my next update.

Players to Watch:
Danny Jones - 19 carries 108 yards
Zach Hobby - 2 Field Goals (25, 29)
KeiAndre Hepburn - 9 tackles for -7 yards; 1/2 sack
Stephen Purkey - 7 tackles for -4 yards; 1 sack

November 5 vs UMASS 1:00pm
November 12 at William & Mary 1:00pm
November 19 at Villanova 1:00pm


Blogger nicole said...

Matt, I totally agree with you in that this was the game that would determine the rest of the season for the Blue Hens. Also, with comming off of a huge victory against James Madison, the Hens should have had confidence and good momentum going into the game.
I suppose its a good sign for the future that a freshman kicker has been so productive for the Hens this season. By this point in time, all the team can really do is look forward to the future. A fumble recovery and a resulting TD really ruins the momentum of the game and the spirit of a team. However, it is inexcusable almost for a Divison I AA team to not be able to score a TD from the one yard line. Why would Keeler call a play to give the ball to Cuff who was hurt all quarter? Not to take anything away from him because he is a great player, but maybe they should have tried a QB sneak or handing it off to another running back. What do you think? Ha im glad Teaneck was represented well, gotta love New Jersey! Speaking of New Jersey, I don't understand why they try out Ryan Carty for a few reps here and there!

2:24 PM

Blogger Jets Fanatic said...

Well it looks like this season isn't going to pan out huh? Losing to Maine was a tough break that most likely will end our chances for a playoff berth. It was unbelievable how we couldn't score from the one yard line. We just aren't playing the hard nosed football that we saw from the Blue Hens in our championship season. Keep up the good work though, a true test of a fan is one who sticks with the team regardless of its record. I sure know this as a Jets fan.

6:19 PM


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