Blue Hens top Tow­son to snap los­ing streak

Ravens QB Joe Flacco hon­ored at half­time

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Trail­ing by a field goal late in the sec­ond quar­ter, Delaware fi­nally cracked the score­board with a 21-yard touch­down pass.

The throw was com­pleted to run­ning back Jalen Ran­dolph in the right side of the end zone, but it didn’t come from Blue Hens quar­ter­back Joe Walker. Walker had thrown a screen pass to wide re­ceiver Diante Cherry near the left side, draw­ing the at­ten­tion of the en­tire de­fense. Ran­dolph es­caped un­no­ticed out of the back­field, and Cherry dropped the pass into his out­reached arms.

NE­WARK, DEL.

“Un­be­liev­able ex­e­cu­tion. It was a great play, di­aled up at the right time,” in­terim head coach Den­nis Dot­tinCarter said. “Diante got the ball – we gotta ex­e­cute the first pass – he caught it and put a great ball out there for Jalen. Jalen brought it in and, ob­vi­ously, to a great re­sult.”

The touch­down pro­vided all the points Delaware would need for its 20-6 Home­com­ing vic­tory over ri­val Tow­son. The Blue Hens cap­tured their first CAA vic­tory, snapped a five-game los­ing streak and pro­vided the in­terim head coach with his first win at the helm.

Cherry, iron­i­cally, also com­pleted a touch­down pass to Ran­dolph last sea­son.

“It’s funny, that’s kind of our thing. Me and Cherry joke about that all the time, he al­ways tells me I have to catch it so he can get his quar­ter­back rat­ing up,” Ran­dolph said. “He says he prob­a­bly has the best one in UD his­tory at this point. That’s some­thing we prac­tice all the time. We al­ways have it in there, we were just able to ex­e­cute it to­day when we needed it.”

Delaware’s de­fense held the Tigers to just 206 yards of to­tal of­fense while keep­ing them out of the end zone all game. Tow­son gained just 72 yards rush­ing, fum­bled once and threw four in­ter­cep­tions.

“When you get five turnovers, good things usu­ally hap­pen for you,” Dot­tinCarter said.

Se­nior safety Ryan Torzsa in­ter­cepted two passes, de­spite play­ing with one hand com­pletely cov­ered in a club-like pad.

“It’s kind of ironic,” he said. “I was drop­ping them hor­ren­dously in prac­tice this week – couldn’t catch it, so it’s kind of funny.”

Torzsa’s sec­ond pick came with just 6:15 left on a Tow­son fourth-and-11. He ac­knowl­edged, in hind­sight, that he should have just bat­ted the ball to the turf.

His team­mates and coaches jok­ingly ac­cused him of pad­ding his stats, like the one he had cov­er­ing his hand.

“All the coaches have said some­thing to me al­ready, in­clud­ing Coach Dott,” Torzsa said with a laugh. “I told them sorry, but I don’t know if I’m re­ally that sorry.”

Delaware gained 243 yards rush­ing, led by 141 yards from sopho­more back Thomas Jef­fer­son.

Jef­fer­son broke a 40-yard touch­down run to bring the score to its 20-6 fi­nal with 8:15 left in the game. He said the big run was a fac­tor of him and Ran­dolph wear­ing down the de­fense.

“It usu­ally hap­pens if you

keep get­ting 3-yard runs, you keep run­ning be­hind your pads and hit­ting some­one in the chest every time,” Jef­fer­son said. “They stop try­ing to tackle you that ex­act same way and start try­ing to arm tackle you.”

The Blue Hens (3-5 over­all, 1-4 CAA) are likely out of play­off con­tention, but still have a chance to fin­ish with a win­ning record with three games re­main­ing on the sched­ule.

“We’re def­i­nitely tal­ented enough to beat the rest of the teams on the sched­ule,” Torzsa said. “I don’t care what the records say. I’m try­ing to go 3-0, I know these guys are try­ing to go 3-0, and that’s how I want to fin­ish my ca­reer here.”

Ravens QB Joe Flacco in­ducted into Uni­ver­sity of Delaware Hall of Fame

Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco was in­ducted into the Uni­ver­sity of Dela-

ware Ath­let­ics Hall of Fame dur­ing a cer­e­mony Fri­day night at the Bob Car­pen­ter Cen­ter. He was in at­ten­dance to see his alma mater beat its arch-ri­val the fol­low­ing day and was hon­ored in a cer­e­mony at half­time.

Be­cause of his de­mand­ing job as an NFL quar­ter­back, it was the first time he has been able to see Delaware play since grad­u­a­tion in 2008.

“It was cool walk­ing down the side­line,” Flacco said at half­time. “It all comes back to you. It looks pretty much

the same around here. [I re­ceived] a very warm wel­come and it’s great to meet some peo­ple I’ve never been in con­tact with be­fore. It was great to see the fans, peo­ple out here sup­port­ing the team.”

Flacco spent just two sea­son as a Blue Hen af­ter trans­fer­ring from Pitts­burgh, but still man­aged to re­write the school’s record book. He holds sin­gle-sea­son records for pass­ing yards (4,263) and com­ple­tions (331). His 7,046 yards pass­ing are sec­ond in

school his­tory

The Ravens se­lected Flacco 18th over­all in the 2008 NFL Draft. Un­til suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury last sea­son, he had started every game since then un­der cen­ter for Bal­ti­more. He led the Ravens to a cham­pi­onship in 2012 and earned Su­per Bowl MVP hon­ors.

Dur­ing his se­nior sea­son, Flacco led Delaware to an ap­pear­ance in the FCS Na­tional Cham­pi­onship game.

“This is an awe­some place for me, great time in my life,” Flacco said. “Noth­ing but good mem­o­ries.”

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PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MARK CAMP­BELL/UD ATH­LET­ICS

Delaware’s Jalen Ran­dolph catches a touch­down pass from wide re­ceiver Diante Cherry on a flea-flicker play in the sec­ond quar­ter.

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