This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History
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University of Delaware Athletics takes a weekly look back at some of the more memorable dates in Blue Hen history.
Delaware Football Shuts Down Rhode Island 29-7 to Win Season Opener
Kingston, R.I. (Sept. 2, 2000) --The University of Delaware used a swarming defensive attack to hold the Rhode Island offense to just 92 yards in total offense en route to a 29-7 win in Atlantic 10 football action at Meade Stadium.
The Blue Hens won their sixth straight opener and 11th in the last 12 years. The 92 yards was the lowest total by a Delaware opponent in 18 years. The last time a Blue Hen opponent failed to gain 100 yards was when Western Kentucky was held to just 81 yards Sept. 11, 1982 at Delaware Stadium.
The Rams gained just 33 yards in the first half and picked up just two first downs in the first 30 minutes. Delaware has beaten Rhode Island 10 straight times and 15 of the 20 meetings between the two.
Delaware got on the board with 3:06 remaining in the first quarter when Craig Cummings scored on a one-yard touchdown dive. The score was set-up by an interception by defensive tackle Joe Minucci. Scott Collins, a transfer from Penn State making his first appearance as a Blue Hen, connected on his first of three PATs on the day to give Delaware a 7-0 lead.
The lead stretched to 9-0 on the ensuing possession. After Rhode Island went three-and-out, Bashawn Dixon blocked the punt through the end zone for a safety.
The Blue Hens extended the lead to 16-0 before half when junior running back Butter Pressey scored his first of two touchdown on the day. Pressey caught a 12-yard scoring pass from quarterback Matt Nagy (14-24 for 170 yards) 3:25 into the second quarter. That touchdown was also set up by a Vince Nedimyer interception. Nedimyer, who finished 7 of 16 for 60 yards, was intercepted this time by senior safety Mike Furline.
Pressey scored again when he ran the second half kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown. The kickoff return for a touchdown was the first of Pressey's collegiate career and marked the second straight year that a Blue Hen ran back a kickoff for a touchdown on opening day.
The Blue Hens extended that lead on an 11-yard touchdown run by Veach just over four minutes later for a 29-0 lead.The game was halted by a severe thunderstorm with 2:08 remaining and was not resumed.