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FOOTBALL: Blue Hens Down Georgia Southern 27-10 to Advance to FCS Title Game
December 18, 2010
NEWARK, Del. -- Delaware can once again give thanks to the Blue Hen defense. And this time the reward is a trip to Frisco, Tex. and a chance at yet another national football championship.
The fifth-ranked Blue Hens took advantage of four Georgia Southern turnovers, including one at UD’s own goal-line in the first quarter that set the tone for the rest of the day, as Delaware rode that momentum to a 27-10 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision semifinal victory over Georgia Southern at Delaware Stadium.
Delaware (12-2), the tournament’s No. 3 seed, posted its third straight victory and earned the right to take on No. 1 ranked and fifth-seeded Eastern Washington (12-2) in the national championship game Jan. 7 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Tex.
The loss ended a storybook post-season for the 20th-ranked Eagles (10-5), who earned at-large berth in the tournament and knocked off South Carolina State, No. 2 seed William & Mary, and Wofford in succession before having its six-game win streak snapped by the Blue Hens.
All-American senior safety Anthony Bratton recorded a team-high 14 tackles, sophomore linebacker Paul Worrilow added 12 tackles and forced two fumbles, and junior defensive end Chris Morales, hobbled by a sore hamstring that almost kept him out of action, recovered two fumbles, including one on the goal-line on Georgia Southern’s first drive of the day when it looked like the Eagles were moving in for the first score of the day.
Delaware, which entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 11.6 points per game, didn’t capitalize on that turnover, but it set the tone for the rest of the day as the Hens won despite gaining 316 total yards, just six more than the Eagles, whose vaunted tripe-option attack netted 310 yards, including 257 on the ground.
Devlin was efficient as usual for the Hens, completing 14 of 20 passes for 137 yards and touchdown tosses of six yards to junior Mark Schenauer to open the scoring early in the second quarter 24 yards to Phillip Thaxton in the third quarter that pushed the Blue Hen lead to 17-3.
Andrew Pierce enjoyed his most productive day since early in the season, rambling for 186 yards on 26 carries and piling up 53 yards on two successive carries in the third quarter that set up a seven-yard scoring run by David Hayes that put the game out of reach at 24-10 with 6:05 remaining.
Kicker Mike Perry also made a big contribution, converting two field goals, including a 20-yarder with 3:32 left to play that pushed the lead to 27-10 and iced the win.