Courtesy of Morgan State Athletic Communications
NEWARK, Del. – The No. 13/12 University of Delaware football team had five different players score touchdowns and used another stifling effort from the defense to come away with a 38-7 victory over Morgan State on Saturday in front of a Homecoming crowd of 16,735 fans at Delaware Stadium.
With the win, Delaware leads the series 4-0-1 since the teams first played on Dec. 12, 1970 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Nolan Henderson completed 13 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown, while also leading the rushing attack with 65 yards and another score. Marcus Yarns had a team-leading 76 receiving yards and added 27 yards on the ground. Brett Buckman caught a team-high four passes for 61 yards. The Blue Hens finished with 435 yards of total offense.
The Delaware (6-1, 3-1 CAA) defense limited the Bears to just 158 yards of total offense, including just 27 yards in the second half and 59 total passing yards.
Morgan (2-5, 0-2 MEAC) quarterback Carson Bakercompleted 4 of 8 passes for 35 yards before leaving the game in the second quarter due to injury. Duce Taylormanaged just 24 yards passing (6 for 11) and had three interceptions in the second half while also being sacked three times.
The Blue Hens wasted no time as they received the opening kickoff and marched 77 yards in just six plays. Henderson sparked the drive with a 33-yard rush to convert a long third down before Townsend capped things off with a 17-yard rush on a sweep to give UD a 7-0 lead just 2:24 into the game.
Delaware got the ball back quickly and this time needed just four plays to score as Henderson found Yarns deep on a wheel route for a 72-yard touchdown that made it a 14-0 game midway through the opening quarter.
Morgan seemed to stabilize themselves and It became a defensive battle. Morgan scored late in the second quarter when Alfonzo Graham turned the corner for a 2-yard touchdown run to help cut the lead in half. The Blue Hens drove down to the 1-yard line in the final minute, but Morgan made a goal-line stand on the final play of the half to keep it a 14-7 game.
Delaware took no time in regaining momentum back as Liam Trainer came away with an interception on the first play of the second half. Six plays later, after converting a fourth down, Henderson stretched over the goal line for a seven-yard scoring run.
Early in the fourth quarter, Khory Spruill capped off a nine-play drive with a two-yard touchdown run that extended the lead to 28-7.
Andrew MacMillan connected on a 39-yard field goal to make it 31-7 before, on the team’s final drive, Ryan O’Connor found Buckman in the end zone for the final score.
Eric Hunter finished with a game-high 13 tackles for the Bears. Lawrence Richardson had seven tackles and Sean Morris added six stops and a tackle for loss.
Jae’Veyon Morton recorded his second interception of the season when he picked off Nolan Henderson in the second quarter.
Keshawn Scott was whistled for targeting on a kickoff and was disqualified in the fourth quarter.
Morgan returns home for another tough MEAC matchup when they host South Carolina State (3-4, 1-0 MEAC) on Saturday, October 29. Kickoff at Hughes Stadium is set for 12 p.m.
Next Game: South Carolina State University 10/29/2022 | 12 p.m. WEAA 88.9 FM
|12:36 – DEL – Townsend,Jourdan 17 yd run (Bennion,Garrett kick), 6 plays, 77 yards, TOP 02:18||0||7|
|08:46 – DEL – Yarns,Marcus 72 yd pass from Henderson,Nolan (Bennion,Garrett kick) 4 plays, 84 yards, TOP 00:52||0||14|
|01:23 – MSU – Graham,Alfonzo 2 yd run (Leary,Beckett kick), 8 plays, 43 yards, TOP 02:28||7||14|
|12:36 – DEL – Henderson,Nolan 7 yd run (Bennion,Garrett kick), 6 plays, 22 yards, TOP 02:12||7||21|
|13:15 – DEL – Spruill,Khory 2 yd run (MacMillan,Andrew kick), 8 plays, 58 yards, TOP 02:46||7||28|
|06:46 – DEL – MacMillan,Andrew 39 yd field goal 12 plays, 39 yards, TOP 04:06||7||31|
|01:14 – DEL – Buckman,Brett 7 yd pass from O’Connor,Ryan (MacMillan,Andrew kick) 9 plays, 38 yards, TOP 03:52||7||38|