By Delaware State Sports,
Dover, Del. (Apr. 10, 2021) — Delaware State was hoping its first battle against the University of Delaware on DSU’s home field would give it an edge against its upstate rival, but the result was the same as the previous meetings between the teams.
The Blue Hens outgained the Hornets by nearly two-to-one and took advantage of four DSU turnovers to highlight a 34-14 victory in the tenth meeting between the state’s two NCAA Division I programs, but first at Alumni Stadium on Delaware State’s campus.
Delaware quarterback Nolan Henderson, a product of Smyrna (Del.) High School, completed 11-of-19 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for a score, while running back Dejoun Lee ran for 109 yards and two scores to lead the Hens to their fourth victory in four games this spring.
Delaware totaled 361 yards in the game, 183 by the pass and 178 on the ground.
Delaware State had 186 yards of total offense, 94 by the run and 92 through the air.
The Hornets trailed 24-0 at the half and 31-0 after Delaware scored on the opening possession of the third quarter, but used two big special teams plays get on the board and make the final score more respectable.
Delaware was ahead 31-0 when its punt attempt by Tyler Pastula was blocked by DSU’s Daniel Douglas near the goal line. The ball rolled into the end zone and recovered by Delaware State’s Trey Gross for a touchdown. The extra point kick by Jose Romo-Martinez cut the Hens’ lead to 31-7 with 7:24 left in the third quarter.
After Delaware tacked on a fourth quarter field goal to lead 34-7, the Hornets again used a blocked punt to get back on the board.
This time Gross blocked the kick and Douglas recovered the ball at the Delaware 10 yard line.
Two plays later, Delaware State quarterback Jared Lewis ran seven yards to the end zone for the Hornets’ second touchdown of the game. The extra point kick by Romo-Martinez pulled DSU to within 34-14 with 7:58 left to play.
Delaware State committed turnovers on its first two possessions of the game. The Hornet defense forced a punt by UD after the first turnover, an interception by Lewis at the DSU 36, but the second turnover proved costly.
Three plays after the Hens recovered a fumble by Thomas Bertrand-Hudon at the DSU 20, Lee scored on a seven yard run for the game’s first touchdown. The extra point by Ryan Coe gave Delaware a 7-0 lead at the 6:02 mark of the first quarter.
Coe added a field goal with 2:14 left in the opening quarter to stretch Delaware’s lead to 10-0.
The score remained 10-0 for nearly all of the second quarter before the Hens scored 14 points just before halftime to take control of the game.
Lee scored his second touchdown of the game to cap off a 10-play, 56-yard drive with 2:40 left in the second quarter to give the Hens a 17-0 lead.
On the ensuing DSU possession, Lewis threw his second interception of the game, resulting in Delaware’s next touchdown.
Six plays after the DSU turnover, Henderson connected with Thyrick Pitts on a nine-yard touchdown pass. The extra point kick put Delaware ahead 24-0 with 19 seconds to go before halftime.
Delaware State’s defense was led by Alex Lozano and Olivier Muembi with six tackles each. Lozano had five solo stops, including a sack. Isaiah Williams has two backfield stops, including a sack, among his five tackles. Brooks Parker had four solo tackles among his five total.
Freshman Sy’veon Wilkerson was the Hornets’ leading rusher for the second week in a row, tallying 55 yards on 13 carries. Wilkerson also had DSU’s longest run in the game of 12 yards.
Lewis completed seven-of-18 pass attempts for 93 yards and three interceptions. His longest completion was 24 yards to tight end Myles Beverly.