Blue Hens top Towson to snap losing streak
Ravens QB Joe Flacco honored at halftime
— 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.
“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
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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Delaware’s Jalen Randolph catches a touchdown pass from wide receiver Diante Cherry on a flea-flicker play in the second quarter.