Rocky Start Sends University of Delaware to 62-28 CAA Football Loss at Maine
ORONO, Maine -- A record-setting opening quarter set a bad tone for a long day for the University of Delaware football team Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens suffered a 62-28 defeat at the hands of the University of Maine at Alfond Stadium.
The No. 23 ranked Black Bears jumped out to a 27-8 lead after one quarter, tacked on 28 straight points to start the second half, and cruised to the victory as No. 24 Delaware had its two-game win streak snapped.
Delaware (4-2, 1-1 CAA), which was playing its first Colonial Athletic Association road game of the season, lost to the Black Bears (5-1, 2-0 CAA) for the third straight year and suffered its most lopsided setback in the 33-game series. The 27 first-quarter points were the most ever allowed by a Delaware team in the opening stanza in school history and the 62 points was the most given up by the Hens since a 62-56 five-overtime setback to Richmond in 2007 NCAA national-runner-up season.
“It was a tough night, but give Maine and Coach (Jack) Cosgrove all the credit,” said Delaware head coach Dave Brock. “Maine whipped us and we didn’t help ourselves. It all starts with me and we weren’t ready to play and we didn’t execute. We made far too many mistakes to give ourselves a chance to be competitive. We’ll get back to work tomorrow and try to be 1-0 next week.”
The Blue Hens had a bright spot in the run game as they rushed for 219 total yards with redshirt freshman Jalen Randolph running for a career-high 137 yards and one touchdown and true freshman Wes Hills (below right) picking up 27 yards and scoring on a three-yard burst late in the final stanza.
In addition, All-American Andrew Pierce ran for 62 yards and became just the third player in UD history to reach 4,000 career yards. He also moved into 10th place on the all-time CAA rushing list with 2,041 career rushing yards.
Delaware quarterback Trent Hurley hit on 11 of 23 passes for 120 yards with Rob Jones catching five passes for 67 yards and Michael Johnson (above left) catching three passes for 48 yards, including a 22-yard scoring pass from Hurley in the first quarter. Jones caught the 100th pass of his career in the second half, becoming the 15th player in UD history to reach that mark.
Defensively for Delaware, linebacker Patrick Callaway posted a game-high 14 tackles and cornerback Jordan Thomas returned a blocked extra point attempt for a defensive two-point conversion in the first quarter, the first in Delaware history.
Maine picked up 602 total yards on the day, the fifth highest ever against a Delaware team. Quarterback Marcus Wasilewski hit on 18 of 27 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns while running back Nigel Jones scored three touchdowns for the second straight game as he ran for 107 yards on 19 carries. He scored on runs of 7 and 12 yards and also caught a 33-yard scoring pass. John Ebeling added 86 yards rushing and two scores and also caught fi
ve passes for 97 yards and Isaiah Jones ran for 82 yards and caught a scoring pass.
The Black Bears took advantage of a couple of pivotal mistakes by the Blue Hens to jump out to a 27-8 lead after the opening stanza. After Wasilewski hit Damarr Aultman with a 24-yard scoring pass just over three minutes into the game and Nigel Jones scored on a seven-yard run four minutes later, Maine’s Sherrod Baltimore scored on a 20-yard fumble return off a kickoff return and Mike Mangielli returned an interception 43 yards for a score in a span of just three minutes. The 27 points was the most allowed in a single quarter by Delaware since 1993.
Hurley helped the Blue Hens cut the Maine lead to 34-15 at halftime on a four-yard dive with 1:02 left in the first half, but the Black Bears came out strong again in the second half to put the game away. Maine scored three touchdowns in the third stanza to push the lead to 55-15 and when Ebeling scored his second touchdown just two minutes into the final stanza, it pushed the margin to 62-15.
Delaware will look to bounce back next Saturday when the Blue Hens host Albany in CAA action at 12 noon at Delaware Stadium. Delaware will celebrate Homecoming and will honor the 1963 national championship team which will be gathering for its 50-year reunion.