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

Monday, November 14, 2005

Delaware Outlasts William & Mary 22-21

The University of Delaware Blue Hens improved to 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the Atlantic 10 conference with a 22-21 victory over No. 24 William & Mary this past saturday. The loss was the third straight for the Tribe who fell to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the A-10. Omar Cuff surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season with his sixth 100+ yard game.

The Tribe got on the scoreboard first when QB Jacob Phillips scored on a 1 yard touchdown run with 4:16 remaining in the first quarter. The game remained 7-0 until until late in the second quarter. With 3:41 left to go in the half, Cuff evened the score on a 1 yard touchdown run into the endzone. W&M responded quickly driving 69 yards down the field in six plays and scoring on another 1 yard run by Phillips with just 1:33 left to play in the half. Delaware could have easily lost momentum, but on the ensuing kickoff Rashaad Woodard returned the football 45 yards. The big specials teams play by Woodard ignited the Delaware offense. With just 59 seconds left on the clock, QB Sonny Riccio's pass was deflected in the end zone and ended up in the hands of WR Armand Cauthen for 21 yard touchdown completion. The score tied the game 14-14. W&M fought right back and found themselves on the 10 yard line with just seconds left in the half, however K Greg Keuhn missed a short field goal to keep the game tied.

W&M broke the tie on their first possession of the third quarter by driving 78 yards down the field and scoring on a 2 yard touchdown pass from Phillips to Matt Otey. Delaware was forced to punt on their following position and P Stuart Kenworthy's punt was blocked and recovered by a W&M player on Delaware's 11 yard line. The Blue Hen's defense held strong and forced W&M to attempt a 35 yard field goal. Keuhn missed his second try of the game keeping the score 21-14 in favor of the Tribe. On their next possession, W&M again threatened to score but came up empty as Keuhn missed his third kick of the game, this one was 46 yards attempt. The Delaware defense came up big when John Mulhern (pictured left) and Matt Marcorelle sacked Philips in the end zone for a safety to decrease the Tribe lead to 21-16. On W&M's next posession Mulhern intercepted a pass by Phillips. After the game Mulhern said “Coach Keeler kept saying the the whole year that we don’t make enough plays to get a win, but today we did.” After the interception, the UD offense drove 62 yards down the field. The drive ended when Riccio connected with Aaron Love for a six yard touchdown, putting Delaware on top 22-21 with 4:17 left to play in the game. Coach KC Keeler had his team go for the two-point conversion but they were not successful. W&M had enough time to get down the field and score however, the game was sealed for the Blue Hens when Kyle Campbell intercepted a pass with less than 1 minutes to play.

Cuff finished the game with 28 rushes for 101 yards and 5 receptions for 49 yards. Riccio completed 17 of 29 passes for 179 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Campbell led the Blue Hen defense with 10 tackles while Fred Andrew added 8.

This was a much needed win and hopefully the Blue Hens can end the season on a high note by beating Villanova next week to win two straight. That is right folks, the 2005 college football season will end for Delaware next Saturday, when the Blue Hens travel to Villanova to play their rivals the Wildcats. Check out the entire GAME PREVIEW. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm and the game will be televised on CN8.

Players To Watch:
Omar Cuff - 28 carries 101 yards; 5 receptions 49 yards; 1 touchdown
Sonny Riccio - 17 completions on 29 attempts 179 yards; 2 TD; 0 INT
Aaron Love - 3 receptions 28 yards; 1 touchdown
Armand Cauthen - 1 recption 21 yards; 1 touchdown
Kyle Campbell - 10 tackles; interception
John Mulhern - 7 tackles; 1.5 sacks for -8 yards; interception
Tom Parks - 4 tackles; 2 sacks for -11 yards

November 19 at Villanova 1:00pm


Blogger Eric Corson said...

It's good to see Delaware finally pull out a victory, especially against the defending National Champions. It is obvious that the Delaware football team is not playing for anything right now except for pride and for their seniors to end their career on a high note. Getting back even to .500 this past weekend was definitely a step in the right direction and as disappointing as this season has been, I think the players and the seniors especially would like nothing more than to win their final game of the season and of their careers for that matter. However, I'm sure it won't be an easy task; traveling to Villanova next week. I'm sure their seniors want nothing more to win their final home game as well. It should be a good game, and hopefully UD can come out on top. Don't you think that winning their final two games would be somewhat of a boost into next season for Delaware players who are not graduating? With that kind of momentum and the return of stud running back Omar Cuff, next season shouldn't be as disappointing. I know I'm looking ahead, but I do realize that Delaware has to just focus on Villanova first and then start worrying about next season. After all Matt, we're both graduating. Don't we want to see a victory when we come back next year for homecoming?

7:51 PM

Blogger Jets Fanatic said...

Hey Matt,

UD got back on the winning track huh? William and Mary is a tough football team, as their successed last season proved. By beating WM, we proved that we still are a forced to be reckoned with. It is also very encouraging because it is easy for a football team to stop caring once its season is essentially over. Our guys are showing alot of heart by going out there and playing for pride. We are now a .500 football team- a respectable record.

We now have the Villanova game to look forward to. There is nothing better than beating our arch rival, so hopefully we can gear up and play solid football. I'm sure it would be a huge momentum boost for our guys to end the season on a positive note. This could give us hope for a better run next year. Plus don't forget about the return of Omar Cuff, our star running back. How do you think we will do against 'Nova and what are our chances for a championship next year?

3:39 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

5. I am really upset with the team this year. In my sophomore year we were the best team in the division. We won almost every game if not all of them. It was fun to go to the games. But now. We defiantly suck. Yea it’s nice that we won the last home game against villa nova. But I am even more upset because I forgot to go to the book store on Monday and get my 35% off. Very frustrating.

4:47 PM

Blogger Dave said...

Congratulations BLUE HENS. Way to go out with a bang. ALthough William and Mary was not considered a great threat, it is always a positive thing to end the regular season with a victory in order to have something positive to build off of in the offseason. It sounds like it was a very close and entertaining game, ending at 22-21. Congratulations to the rushers and passers that passed their 1,000 yard benchmarks. I know this is a great accomplishment for an athlete and helps them build on their skills in the future.
Hopefully we are able to retain more of our players for our next season with fewer injuries, suspensions, and transfers so that we can deliver our full potential and return the National Championship to Newark Delaware. By the way, my boy Ryan Carty should be in the game. I know hes a little short but come on hes a smart quarterback that knows what the team needs to do to win. See what you can do next year

4:48 PM


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