Fum­bles cost Delaware in loss to Stony Brook

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN


— The Delaware foot­ball team’s first game un­der in­terim head coach Den­nis Dot­tinCarter fea­tured many of the same strug­gles that led to the fir­ing of head coach Dave Brock six days ear­lier.

The Blue Hens fell to vis­it­ing Stony Brook 28-3 Satur­day at a blus­tery Delaware Sta­dium in CAA ac­tion.

Delaware en­tered Satur­day’s game hav­ing fum­bled just six times all sea­son, with only three lost. The foot­ball hit the turf seven times while the Blue Hens were on of­fense, five of which were re­cov­ered by the Sea­wolves. Delaware had not fum­bled seven times in a sin­gle game since a 1998 loss to Richmond nor lost five since 1995 against


Rhode Is­land.

“The wind was up, maybe the ball was a lit­tle bit slip­pery – I didn’t touch it – but at the end of the day, they’re all ex­cuses,” Dot­tin-Carter said. “We need to do a bet­ter job hold­ing onto the foot­ball and we’ll work on that in prac­tice. We’ll work on ball se­cu­rity.”

Delaware made an early em­pha­sis to uti­lize the pass­ing game more than it had in pre­vi­ous games. Sopho­more quar­ter­back Joe Walker man­aged 134 yards through the air, though 65 yards pass­ing came in the fourth quar­ter with the score largely out of hand.

“I’m not go­ing to blame the wind, but the wind was ob­vi­ously a fac­tor,” Dot­tinCarter said. “They had to play against the wind, too. We knew we wanted to run the foot­ball, es­pe­cially when we were go­ing into the wind … It wasn’t the wind, we’ve just got to ex­e­cute bet­ter.”

Walker fum­bled four times and lost three of them.

The Hens recorded just 104 yards rush­ing, led by 53 yards from ju­nior run­ning Wes Hills.

The first quar­ter ended in a score­less tie, but Delaware had pos­ses­sion and was mov­ing the ball ef­fec­tively, gain­ing 40 yards on the drive to cross into Stony Brook ter­ri­tory. But four plays into the se­cond quar­ter, the Hens elected to go for it on fourth-and-6. Walker was hit as he dropped back to pass and lost the ball. Stony Brook’s Ja­heem Woods scooped up the fum- ble and re­turned it 55 yards for a Sea­wolves touch­down.

Delaware drove 60 yards on 18 plays the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, but had to set­tle for a 23-yard field goal try. Frank Raggo’s kick was suc­cess­ful – the Hens’ only points on the af­ter­noon. The score re­mained 7-3 into half­time.

Delaware (2-5 over­all, 0-4 CAA) re­ceived to be­gin the se­cond half, but the drive ended with a Walker fum­ble on only the fifth play of the se­ries.

The Sea­wolves (5-2, 4-0) cap­i­tal­ized on the pos­ses­sion as quar­ter­back Joe Car­bone ran 24 yards for a score on a fourth-and-13 play.

Stony Brook run­ning back Stacey Bedell scored 20 and 33-yard touch­downs in the fi­nal quar­ter to bring the score to its 28-3 fi­nal.

Delaware fired Brock on Sun­day, fol­low­ing a 24-17 loss to Wil­liam & Mary the pre­vi­ous day. The Hens sur­ren­dered an 11-point fourthquar­ter lead while al­low­ing 21 points in the fi­nal pe­riod. Brock had a 19-22 record as Delaware’s coach and the team’s record had got­ten worse in each of his first three sea­sons.

Dot­tin-Carter, pre­vi­ously the co-de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, was pro­moted.

“Ev­ery­thing was a first when you’re look­ing at the seat that I’m do­ing it from. But at the end of the day, it’s still foot­ball. The big­gest change for me was that I wasn’t able to coach as much as I would’ve liked to have coached,” he said. “I am ex­tremely proud of the guys for the way they came to­gether this week. The ef­fort that they put forth in prac­tice, they did a tremen­dous job. I thought they were fo­cused, they were locked in. At the end of the day, the re­sult was not the re­sult that we wanted, cer­tainly not the re­sult we ex­pected when you con­sider how well we prac­ticed this week.”

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Wes Hills rushed for 53 yards, but the Blue Hens of­fense re­mained stag­nant, as UD fell to Stony Brook, 28-3.

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