After getting a hard fought road victory last week, University of Delaware came back home Saturday to Delaware Stadium looking to make it two straight victories.
The Hens did exactly that on Saturday with a 17-0 win vs Colonial Athletic Association member William & Mary. This win was thanks to the Hens defense which definitely showed their muscle during the game.
This game was a defensive struggle from the start as the Blue Hens and William & Mary’s offense were silenced in the 1st quarter.
Then in the second quarter, Delaware’s offense showed some life as quarterback J.P. Caruso found wide receiver Jamie Jarmon for the 27 yard score putting the Hens up 7-0 with 9:01 left in the first half.
Jarmon has been on quite the touchdown streak lately with this touchdown on Saturday he caught a touchdown in three straight games and also his fourth touchdown of the year.
Then the Hens next score was by kicker Frank Raggo as his made field goal put the Hens up 10-0 to end the half.
The scoring drive was set up by Delaware’s linebacker Colby Reeder’s interception at William & Mary’s 18 yard line.
The third quarter was pretty quiet until Blue Hens defensive back Nasir Adderley intercepted William & Mary’s QB Shon Mitchell and took it back to the Tribe’s 25 yard line with 2:49 left in the 3rd quarter.
Hens squandered the turnover by coming out their drive with no points as kicker Frank Raggo missed a 42 yard field goal with time running down in the third quarter.
Then in the early fourth quarter, Hens leaned on their running back Kani Kane on their next scoring drive. Kane had 16 yards on their drive and scored on a one yard rush to put Hens up 17-0 with 5:52 left in the game.
Delaware’s defense did the rest and the Hens have now won back to back CAA games.
The Blue Hens defense has held opponents scoreless for six straight quarters since last week’s comeback 24-20 win over Stony Brook.
The Hens offense had their lowest offensive input (195 yards) in the win since 2001 when Tubby Raymond’s Hens only managed 172 yards in a 10-6 Win vs Richmond.
For the individual performances of the Hens, QB J.P. Caruso was 7 for 20 for 78 yards and 1 TD.
The leading wide receiver of day was Jamie Jarmon who had 2 receptions for 37 yards and 1 TD.
For the Blue Hens rushing attack, RB Kani Kane had 12 carries for 49 yards and 1 TD.
On the defensive side, the team had 58 total tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INTs and 1 fumble recovery.
Linebacker Troy Reeder led the team with 9 tackles and had a sack on the day. Reeder’s brother Colby had an interception as well did defensive back Nasir Adderley. Adderley also recovered a fumble.
Blue Hens ( 4-2 & 2-1 CAA) stay at home for the next game vs the Richmond Spiders at 3:30 pm ET on October 21st.
Quotes of the Game:
Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s win vs William & Mary
“I was really pleased with the way this team responded at home. Our defense really stole the show today. They played with great passion, great energy, and great confidence. We have a great structure on defense in place and the players are buying in. I also knew our special teams would be important today and they were really solid. Our offense had a few good drives today but we just couldn’t sustain it. We still have a lot of work to do. We were +3 today (in turnovers) and you are not going to lose many games when you do that.”
Blue Hens linebacker Troy Reeder on the defense’s play vs William & Mary
“We are building (on defense) week in and week out. This was really our first complete game on defense today. We are developing and that has been our emphasis. I looked up and saw zeros on the scoreboard and I wanted to keep it like that.”
J.P. Caruso: 7 for 20, 78 yards passing & 1 TD
Shon Mitchell: 18 for 36, 101 yards passing & 2 INTs
Kani Kane: 12 carries for 49 yards & 1 TD
Albert Funderburke: 12 carries for 46 yards
Jamie Jarmon: 2 Receptions for 37 yards & 1 TD
Daniel Kuzjak : 4 receptions for 33 yards
Troy Reeder: 9 tackles & 1 Sack
Colby Reeder: 6 tackles & 1 INT
Nasir Adderley : 6 Tackles, 1 INT & 1 fumble recovery
Anthony Jackson: 5 tackles & 1 Sack
Josh Dulaney: 9 tackles
Gavin Johnson: 5 tackles & 1 Sack
Post Game Press Conference