After losing a tough road game vs Virginia Tech last week, University of Delaware was back home at Delaware stadium and got a second straight home win this season with a dominating 41-14 showing vs Cornell, Saturday.
The Blue Hens Defense did not let Cornell’s offense breathe as they caused the Big Red offense to turnover the ball 5 times in the first half alone.
The opening possession by Cornell only lasted one play when Blue Hens Middle Linebacker Troy Reeder caused Cornell Running back Chris Walker to fumble the ball. Then Hens Defensive Tackle Bilal Nichols recovered the ball and took it to Cornell’s 4 yard line.
The Hens offense took advantage of what their defense gave them and the first turnover was quickly turned into 7 points for the Hens when running back Kani Kane ran the short yard touchdown in the endzone.
It was that way for the most of the first half, Hens defense gets a turnover and then Hens offense cashes in for points.
Including Troy Reeder’s turnover the other four came from interceptions by Safety Nasir Adderley, Cornerback Malcolm Brown, Defensive Tackle Bilal Nichols and Linebacker Colby Reeder.
As we mentioned earlier Blue Hens RB Kane scored a touchdown early in the first quarter but that was not his only one in the first half, Kane scored 2 more TDs before the half was over.
The Hens also added points in the first half thanks to Kicker Frank Raggo making two field goals to increase the Hens dominating lead.
The Hens ended the first half with a 27-0 lead over the Ivy League Cornell team.
Then in the second half, Quarterback Joe Walker wanted to get in the TD action and did just that by throwing 2 TDs.
The first one came in the third quarter when Walker found WR Jamie Jarmon for the 12 yard TD with 11:28 left in the quarter.
Walker’s second one came in the fourth quarter when he found Tight End Charles Scarff for the 6 yard TD with 4:32 left in the game.
Cornell decided to finally show up in the second half by scoring their first TD in third quarter by a 27 yard passing TD from QB Dalton Banks to WR Eric Gallman.
Cornell’s other TD came in the final seconds of the fourth quarter with their running back Josh Sweet running 2 yards to make the final score 41-14.
The Hens offense had 427 yards in the game while Cornell had 315 yards.
The Hens crushed Cornell in rushing yards with 225 while Big Red offense had 46.
Cornell’s offense had 269 passing yards while the Blue Hens had 202.
It is the first time since 2013 that Blue Hens offense totaled 200 yards in rushing and passing in the same game ( Albany on Oct. 12, 2013 in a 33-30 win).
For individual performances, Blue Hens QB Joe Walker went 20 for 30, 202 passing yards ( career high) and 2 TDs and 1 Interception.
While, Walker’s main target of the game, WR Jamie Jarmon had 8 receptions for 84 yards and 1 TD.
Then there was the running game where there was two Blue Hens that had big days in UD’s 41-14 win.
Hens RB Kani Kane had 5 carries for 11 yards and three touchdowns on the day.
While Hens other RB Kareem Williams had 15 carries for 121 yards in the game, including a 49 yard run in the third quarter ( which is the longest run of the season by a Blue Hen).
This was Williams third 100 yard rushing game of his career.
On the defensive side, the team had 71 total tackles, 3 sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 4 Interceptions and 6 break ups.
Linebacker Charles Bell led the defense with 12 total tackles in the game.
This was the first ever meeting between the Blue Hens and the Ivy League Cornell football team and it was the Big Red season opener which the Hens spoiled with the 41-14 victory.
With the Hens victory Saturday, it marks the first time since 2014 that the Blue Hens have won their first two home games.
Blue Hens (2-1) stay at home for their next opponent which will be James Madison on Saturday, September 30th at 3:30 pm ET.
Quotes of the Game:
Defensive Tackle Bilal Nichols on the Defense’s strong play vs Cornell:
“It felt great out there today. We really preached this week that we needed to get more takeways and that we needed to go after the ball more. It was great that we came out fast because that was our emphasis this week.”
Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s win vs Cornell:
“We are very happy with the score and the outcome. We needed to come in here today and win a football game, extend the lead, and control the tempo against a team that I felt would compete relay hard. Winning 41-14 is a good score but my expectations are higher than that. There is a lot to learn from what happened out there today. I felt defensively once again we got off to a great start, took the ball away, and got off the field. I think offensively we had some really good drives for touchdowns. Early on we were able to get the ball in the end zone down in the red zone, which is what we have struggled with earlier this season.”
Joe Walker: 20/30, 202 yards passing, 2 passing TD & 1 INT
Dalton Banks: 22/35, 247 passing yards, 1 TD & 3 INTs
Chris Walker: 0/1 & 1 INT
Jake Jatis: 1/1 for 22 yards
Kareem Williams: 121 yards on 15 carries & Averaged 8.1 yards per carry
Kani Kane: 11 yards on 5 carries & 3 TDs
Chris Walker: 24 yards on 8 carries & Averaged 3.0 yards per carry
Josh Sweet: 10 yards on 2 carries & 1 TD
Jamie Jarmon: 8 Receptions for 84 yards & 1 TD
Charles Scarff: 2 receptions for 12 yards & 1 TD
James Hubbard: 3 receptions for 58 yards
Eric Gallman: 3 receptions for 36 yards & 1 TD
Charles Bell: 12 tackles
Troy Reeder: 9 tackles, 0.5 sack & 1 Forced Fumble
Nasir Adderley : 4 Tackles & 1 INT
Colby Reeder: 4 tackles, 0.5 sack & 1 INT
Malcolm Browns: 3 Tackles & 1 INT
Bilal Nichols: 3 Tackles & 1 sack, 1 Fumble Recovery & 1 INT
Salvatore Mauro: 1 tackle & 0.5 sack
Tommy Wilmoth: 1 tackle & 0.5 sack
Kurt Frimel: 9 tackles
Reis Seggebruch: 6 tackles & 1 sack
Jordan Landsman: 6 tackles & 2 sacks
Daniel Crochet: 5 tackles & 1 INT
William Baker: 3 tackles & 1 sack
Post Game Press Conference