Delaware Downs Duquesne 30-6

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Sep 192010
University of Delaware football

University of Delaware football

September 19

NEWARK, Del. — Freshman running back Andrew Pierce continued his dominant running, setting a University of Delaware rookie record with 200 yards and two touchdowns, Trevor Sasek was solid in his first collegiate start at quarterback, and Tyrone Grant set the tone by returning an interception for a touchdown two minutes into the game as the No. 11 ranked Blue Hens ran past Duquesne for a 30-6 football victory Saturday night at Delaware Stadium.

The Blue Hens (3-0), off to their best start since the 2007 national runner-up season, dominated the line of scrimmage once again, rolling up 373 yards on the ground behind Pierce’s powerful running and holding the Dukes (1-2) to 326 total yards for the game while also intercepting three passes.

Pierce, who entered the game as the nation’s No. 8 leading rusher, carried 16 times for 200 yards and two scores, setting a UD single freshman rushing record and becoming just the sixth player in school history to reach the 200-yard plateau.

He broke the freshman record of 177 yards set by current Blue Hen senior Phillip Thaxton in 2007 and became the first UD player to rush for over 200 yards in three straight games since Omar Cuff in 2007.

Meanwhile, the Delaware defense that entered the game leading the nation in scoring (1.5) and total defense (182.5), was at it again, holding the Dukes to just two field goals.

The Hens have not allowed a touchdown since the third quarter of last year’s season finale, extending a streak to 13 quarters and 203 minutes of action. Delaware has now gone three straight games without allowing a touchdown for the first time since a three-game streak between the 1977 and 1978 seasons.

“We thought we were going to be able to run at them all day and that’s what we did tonight,” said Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler. “We were pleased with the job that Trevor did in place of Pat (Devlin). What an opportunity to give your backup quarterback some valuable time that he normally would never get. I’m happy with the offensive line and how they took career of the young guy (Sasek) and got Andrew (Pierce) going again. They both had pretty good days. I was also happy with the way our defense put the clamps down once Duquesne got down inside the red zone.”

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