NEWARK, DE -- The University of Delaware offense was held in check all
afternoon Saturday as the Blue Hens managed just 224 total yards and
were sacked nine times in a 26-3 Colonial Athletic Association football
setback to the University of Maine Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.
The No. 16 Blue Hens (4-2, 1-2 CAA), who were limited to only a first
quarter Sean Baner field goal, lost their second straight game heading
into next week's bye week.
Delaware, which had a four-game home streak snapped and lost for just
the third time in the last 21 games at Delaware Stadium, was held
without a touchdown for the first time since a 20-8 setback to James
Madison at Delaware Stadium back in 2009.
A bright spot on the day for the Blue Hens was junior running back
Julian Laing, who carried 18 times for a team-high 74 yards and caught
five passes for 51 yards in his first career start. Laing, the Hens' No.
3 back, saw extensive action with All-American Andrew Pierce limited due
to a hamstring injury and top back David Hayes out indefinitely with a
foot injury. Pierce was injured in practice on Thursday and carried the
ball just twice for 10 yards.
Maine sacked Delaware quarterback Trent Hurley nine times, tying the
all-time UD mark for sacks allowed in a game set by Villanova in 2009.
Maine defensive end Michael Cole collected five of them for 41 yards
before leaving the game late with an injury. Linebacker Donte Dennis
added a team-high 11 tackles and recovered two fumbles for Maine.
"I think it all came down to the first drive of the game when Maine
drove the ball with the wind in their face, took a lot of time off the
clock, and scored," said Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler, whose team had
not allowed a first quarter point all season in outscoring foes 41-0.
"Obviously they did a lot better job of blocking and tackling today.
Even though we have lost some guys, taking some steps backwards over the
last two weeks is disappointing. We can't let something like this happen
again. We are a young team, but we have to do a better job of fighting
Maine (2-3, 1-1 CAA), which had lost two straight games coming in,
including a 35-14 setback to Villanova last week, gained just 331 total
yards but made the most of them. The Black Bears also forced four
fumbles, including two which they recovered inside their own 10-yard line.
Black Bear quarterback Marcus Wasilewski completed 12 of 18 passes for
176 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Damarr Aultman, who
hauled in scoring strikes of 50 and 22 yards in the first half. David
Hood picked up 103 yards on the ground.
Delaware linebacker Jeff Williams recorded a team-high 11 tackles while
Paul Worrilow and Tim Breaker each made six stops with Worrilow adding a
sack. Hurley hit on 22 of 35 passes for 177 yards with Mike Milburn
hauling in a career-high six passes for 60 yards in his first career start.
Baner accounted for the Blue Hens' only points as he capped a 65-yard
drive in the first half with a 27-yard field goal to cut the Maine lead
to 7-3 after one stanza. The Black Bears went on to lead 16-3 at the
break and added a 16-yard scoring pass from Wasilewski to Maurice
McDonald and a 34-yard field goal by Sean Decloux in the second half.
Maine, which defeated the Hens for the second straight year but won for
just the fifth time in 18 visits to Delaware Stadium, struck early as
they took the opening kickoff and moved 75 yards on eight plays and went
up 7-0 when Wasilewski hit Aultman in the flat and the sophomore
receiver broke a tackle to score from 22 yards out.
Delaware came right back to get on the board as the Hens moved 65 yards
on 12 plays with Baner capping the drive with a 27-yard field goal.
Baner, who entered the game leading the nation in field goals made,
converted his 11th field goal in 12 tries this season.
The Hens later blocked a field goal attempt by Decloux late in the first
quarter with Laith Wallschleger knocking down his third kick of the
season. But the Hens could not capitalize as their next drive stalled.
Maine upped the lead to 9-3 midway through the second quarter thanks to
a bad punt snap by the Hens. Delaware punter Rauley Zaragoza had to
chase down the errant snap and was forced to to throw the ball out of
the end zone for a Black Bear safety.
Maine then got possession right back and scored immediately to go up
16-3, marching 61 yards in just 49 seconds with Aultman taking a short
pass from Wasilewski across the middle and outrunning a host of Delaware
defenders down the right sideline for a 50-yard touchdown.
The Black Bears upped the lead to 23-3 early in the third quarter as
Wasilewski fired his third touchdown pass of the game with a 16-yard
scoring toss to Maurice McDonald. Maine drove 89 yards in just under two
minutes for the score. Maine then tacked on a 34-yard field goal by
Decloux to go up 26-3 with 6:32 left to play.
Delaware fumbled away two great scoring opportunities in the second half
which would have kept the Hens in the game. Third-string quarterback
Trevor Sasek, a former starter in 2011 who was slowed in pre-season
after off-season knee surgery, saw his first action of the year after
the Hens drove down inside the Maine five-yard line. Sasek gained two
yards to the Maine one-yard line on his first place but fumbled on the
next play while trying to hand off to Laing. Dennis recovered for the
The Hens were driving again later in the final quarter when Hurley had a
nice scramble down to the Maine 17-yard line with 3:47 left. The
sophomore quarterback was flipped over after a hard hit by Kendall James
and fumbled. Dennis picked up the loose ball and rambled all the way
down to the Delaware 30-yard line to end the UD scoring threat.
The Blue Hens will be off this week before returning home to host Rhode
Island Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. for Homecoming.
Maine - Aultman 22 pass from Wasilewski (Decloux kick), 10:47 left
Delaware - FG Baner 27, 6:08
Maine - Team Safety, 6:39
Maine - Aultman 50 pass from Wasilewski (Decloux kick), 5:50
Maine - McDonald 16 pass from Wasilewski (Decloux kick), 10:14
Maine - FG Decloux 34, 6:32
Team Statistics Maine Delaware
First downs 15 20
Rushes-yards 35-155 47-47
Passing yards 176 177
Passes 12-18-0 22-35-0
Total yards 331 224
Fumbles-lost 2-1 4-2
Penalties-yards 6-65 5-65
Punts-Avg. 4-43.5 7-39.1
Possession Time 25:51 34:09
Third Down Conv. 2-10 12-23
Sacks by 9-60 1-5
Individual Statistics: Rushing: Maine, David Hood, 14-103, Rickey
Stevens, 13-67, Maurice McDonald, 1-11, Marcus Wasilewski, 3-(-3),
Derrick Johnson, 3-(-13); Delaware, Julian Laing, 18-74, Andrew Pierce,
2-10, Trent Hurley, 22-1; Michael Johnson, 1-(-1), Trevor Sasek, 2-(-2),
TEAM, 2-(-35); Passing: Maine, Wasilewski, 12-18-0-176; Delaware,
Hurley, 22-35-0-177; Receiving: Maine, D. Johnson, 6-73, Damarr Aultman,
3-81, Maurice McDonald, 1-16, Justin Perillo, 1-5, Hood, 1-1; Delaware,
Mike Milburn, 6-60, Laing, 5-51, Nihja White, 4-28, M. Johnson, 3-18,
Jerel Harrison, 2-10, Nick Boyle, 1-6, Matt Rodriguez, 1-4.