Hens dismantle Del. State 42-21, Hurley throws for 328 yards and four TDs
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 17:09
The Delaware football team’s matchup with in-state foe Delaware State Saturday was a tale of two halves, but the final result came as expected. The Hens entered the contest boasting a 4-0 mark against the Hornets with a 29-point average margin of victory.
After four touchdown passes from junior quarterback Trent Hurley, Delaware was able to extend their streak with a 42-21 rout. Through two games, the Hens have the seventh-highest scoring offense in the FCS.
Despite the win, head coach Dave Brock said he had concerns over his squad’s second-half effort.
“It’s hard to win, and we make it harder than it should be,” Brock said. “…We didn’t play well enough in the second half to be representative of who we want to be and how we want to play.”
Just over five minutes into the game, Hurley dropped back from center, rolled left and heaved a wobbling pass to junior wideout Michael Johnson, who was standing five yards behind the closest Hornets defender.
Johnson caught the ball with his body and dragged his defender into the endzone for a 55-yard score. It was just the first of Hurley’s career high four touchdowns on the day, three of which came on passes of 25-yards or longer.
On the Hens’ next possession, Hurley completed seven of eight passes to lead the offense on a 12 play, 72-yard drive that culminated with a 5-yard pass to senior wide receiver Rob Jones.
Delaware State responded with their lone offensive touchdown of the game, but gave up a 33-yard touchdown reception to Jones just three plays into the Hens’ next drive. The Hornets went three-and-out on their next possession, and then punted to Jones, who broke free of the coverage and ran 63-yards for his third touchdown of the game, making the score 28-7.
“I feel as though I had the easy job,” Jones said. “I just had to run in between people and not get tackled. I give credit to the punt block team for sealing off all the blocks and creating space for me to go.”
Benefitting from a defensive effort that forced one turnover, three punts and a missed field goal, Delaware entered halftime with a 35-7 lead, allowing many of the 19,316 fans at Delaware Stadium to empty back into the parking lots.