The Delaware State University men’s football team gave the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats quite the shock on Saturday as the Hornets took down the MEAC co-leaders 16-13 at Alumni Stadium.
The offensive standouts in the game for the Hornets were freshman quarterback Tylik Bethea, redshirt freshman Thomas Bertrand-Hudon and freshman wide receiver Bizzet Woodley.
Bethea went nine for 17 for 91 yards, one interception, and one touchdown.
Bertrand-Hudon had 36 carries for 136 yards and one touchdown.
Woodley had two receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown.
On the Defensive side, the standouts for DSU were redshirt sophomore defensive back Kamari Jackson, senior defensive lineman Brandon Carswell and Charles Peeler.
Jackson led the team in total tackles with 11 and a sack.
Carswell had three tackles and one sack.
Peeler had two tackles and one interception.
DSU Takes Early 9-0 Lead In First Quarter
It took about eight minutes into the game until the scoreboard saw some movement, as in the Hornets would deliver the quarter’s first touchdown.
DSU’s scoring drive started on BCU’s 24-yard line, after the Hornets recovered the Wildcats punt returner fumble.
The key play on this drive is when DSU’s quarterback Tylik Bethea found Bizzet Woodley for the 22-yard touchdown to give their team a 7-0 lead with 7:02 left in the quarter.
The Hornets’ next score would score come from the play of their defense when they pushed back the Wildcats running back six yards to cause a safety which increased DSU’s lead to 9-0.
Hornets Have A 10 Point Lead At Halftime
At the 8:50 minute mark in the second quarter, DSU would start the drive at their own 37-yard line and the team would march down the field to score their 16th answered point in the game.
The touchdown came from running back Thomas Bertrand-Hudon who rushed for 10 yards for the score. On the scoring drive, Bertrand-Hudon rushed for 33 yards.
Quarterback Tylik Bethea was also key on DSU’s scoring drive as he threw for 30 yards.
Bethune-Cookman finally ended their scoreless streak in this game around the 5:30 minute mark, in the second quarter. The Wildcats score came from their running back LaDerrien Wilson who rushed one yard to find the endzone. BCU’s kicker would miss the extra point which had the score at 16-6 with 2:39 left in the half.
BCU’s Rallies but Hornets Hang On For The Win
In the third quarter, both team’s defenses came to play as the scoreboard was silent for all 15 minutes of that quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Bethune-Cookman would score a touchdown off a miscue from Delaware State.
The miscue came at the beginning of the fourth quarter when DSU’s quarterback Tylik Bethea threw an interception to Tydarius Peters who ran it back for 25 yards for the BCU touchdown. The touchdown would bring the Wildcats within three points of the lead with score being 16-13.
DSU’s defense would tighten the gaps and held BCU out of the endzone for the rest of the game to end with a 16-13 shocking win.
Hornets stay at home to play Norfolk State on November 16th at 2:00pm ET.
First Downs: DSU 14 & BCU 13
Third Efficiency (%): DSU 43.75% (7 of 16) & BCU 25% (3 of 12)
Total Offense: DSU 256& BCU 257
Net Yards Passing: DSU 91& BCU 138
Net Yards Rushing: DSU165 & BCU 119
Penalties: DSU 7–70& BCU 5-45
Fumbles: DSU 0 & BCU 1-1
Sacks: DSU 2-18 & BCU 0
Interceptions: DSU 1 & BCU 1
Time of Possession: DSU 37:27 & BCU 22:33