Johnson and Hurley Team Up to Lift Delaware to 49-9 Rout Over Wagner (Sept. 21, 2013)
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware quarterback Trent Hurley and wide receiver Michael Johnson hooked up for three touchdowns in the first half alone and the Blue Hens cruised the rest of the way in a 49-9 football rout of Wagner Saturday night at Delaware Stadium.
The Blue Hens (3-1) scored three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to jump out to a 42-3 halftime lead and never looked back in posting their most lopsided victory since a 45-0 win over Delaware State in 2011.
The game was played in a nearly constant downpour which got particularly heavy in the second half.
Delaware, which bounced back from its first setback of the season at Navy a week ago, posted its 20th straight non-league victory at Delaware Stadium dating back to 2006 and its 13th straight home win in the months of August and September.
Hurley (above), who entered the game completing over 70 percent of his passes, completed 10 of 12 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, to pace an offense that piled up 488 total yards, including 325 in the opening 30 minutes.
The Hens scored in less than 2:03 in each of their first six scoring drives.
"We were facing a team that made the decision coming in that they were going to stop the run and that gave us some opportunities for some one-on-one matchups," said Delaware first year head coach Dave Brock. "Trent did a terrific job taking care of the ball and was on target in some challenging circumstances and that builds confidence."
The UD offense has now surpassed the 400-yard total yard mark in three of its four games, including 611 in the season-opening 51-35 win over Jacksonville (Fla.).
Johnson (at right) continued his sensational start to the season as he hauled in six passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half. He caught scoring passes of 77, 31, and 21 yards as his 168 yards was the most by a UD receiver since the 2004 season.
"I feel we have some of the best receivers in the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association)," said Hurley. "Mike (Johnson) is an unbelievable player. He breaks so many tackles and has such a great all-around game. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and trust in him."
Tight end Nick Boyle and wide receiver Rob Jones hauled in the other touchdown passes as Boyle opened the scoring with a 19-yard reception from Hurley on the opening drive of the night and Jones collected a 39-yard scoring pass from backup QB Trevor Sasek in the third quarter.
Redshirt freshman running back Jalen Randolph (60 yards) added a 14-yard scoring run early in the second quarter while All-American RB Andrew Pierce rushed for a team-high 63 yards and scored on a seven-yard run late in the second quarter.
The Hens held Wagner to only a first-half field goal and a touchdown in the final minutes. The Seahawks (1-3), a 2012 NCAA Tournament participant, lost their third straight game, including a 54-0 setback at Syracuse a week ago. Wagner managed just 302 total yards for the game.
Delaware sophomore safety Craig Brodsky picked off the first two passes of his career, CB Travis Hawkins intercepted a second half pass, and DE Laith Wallschleger (at left) blocked a first-half field goal attempt, his school-record sixth career blocked kick.
Wagner got another big effort from running back Dominique Williams, who carried 25 times for a game-high 120 yards for his 23rd career 100-yard effort.
The Blue Hens open CAA play next Saturday, Sept. 28, as they take on rival James Madison at 7 p.m. at Delaware Stadium. The game will feature a 10-year reunion of the 2003 Blue Hen NCAA I-AA national championship team that went 15-1 and shut out Colgate 40-0 in the title game.
• Delaware extended its scoring streak to 200 straight home games at Delaware Stadium dating back to the 1983 season
• The Blue Hens' 42 points in the opening half was the second-highest total ever in the first half in UD history and the most since scoring 43 vs. West Chester in 2000
• Johnson also returned two kickoffs for 41 yards and carried once for 14 yards to up his all-purpose yardage to 223 yards for the game