October 24 bluehens.com:
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The University of Delaware traded too many sevens for threes and it cost them dearly.
The No. 2 ranked Blue Hens fell from the unbeaten ranks Saturday afternoon at Zable Stadium as their inability to score touchdowns instead of field goals deep inside William & Mary territory resulted in a 17-16 Colonial Athletic Association football setback to the No. 4 ranked Tribe before a sun-splashed Homecoming crowd of 12,259.
William & Mary (6-1, 4-1 CAA), which moved into a tie for first place in the CAA standings with the Hens thanks to its sixth straight victory, scored the winning points when Jonathan Grimes hit Chase Hill on a six-yard halfback option pass with 6:25 left to play.
Delaware, which was playing its fourth top five ranked team this season, had the chance to win the game in the final seconds but Mike Perry, who had connected on three field goals earlier in the day, was way wide to the left on a 42-yard attempt.
“We just had too many plays that we needed to make and we didn’t make them today,” said Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler’s, whose squad lost for the third straight time to the Tribe. “William & Mary is a very good team, but we are certainly capable of playing better and we needed to play better than we did. A lot of points were left on the table. We are a better offense than that and it’s something we will work on.”
After pinning William & Mary on their five-yard line after a well-placed punt by Ed Wagner, Delaware held the Tribe and forced them to punt. The Hens got the ball on their own 46-yard line with 2:52 left to play and moved down to the 35-yard line on completions by senior quarterback Pat Devlin to Tommy Crosby, Phil Thaxton, and Nihja White.
After an incompletion, Devlin was sacked by Dante Cook back to the 33-yard line. Devlin came back to hit White on an eight-yard shovel pass to the 25-yard line to set up the field goal attempt. After a timeout by William & Mary, Perry lined up for the 42-yard attempt but it was wide left and never had a chance, setting off a celebration by the Tribe.
Perry, who earlier this year kicked the winning field goal in the final seconds of a 13-10 upset over James Madison, converted tries from 19, 40, and 20 yards earlier in the contest Saturday to help give the Hens the lead.
His 40-yarder on the final play of the first half gave the Hens a 13-3 lead and his 20-yard conversion with 10:49 left in the game gave the Hens a 16-10 lead. Perry has hit on 12-15 attempts this season and the Hens have been good on 24 of its last 28 attempts since the 2008 campaign.
Devlin, a candidate for the Walter Payton National Player of the Year Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, had another impressive day as he completed 23 of 32 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown.
White had the best day of his career as he caught 10 passes for 146 yards and had the Hens’ biggest play of the day as he caught a Devlin pass over the middle and outran Terrell Wells, stiff-arming him all the way into the end zone for a 51-yard score with 2:25 left in the first quarter to give UD a 10-3 lead.
Devlin echoed Keeler regarding the missed opportunities deep inside Tribe territory.
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