Video: WDEL's Gianna Banner reports.Delaware's defense was good but William and Mary's was better, as the Tribe downed Delaware at Delaware Stadium, 24-10.
It all started off well for Delaware, as Travis Hawkins returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown...just the second time in UD football history that Delaware had opened the game with a return for a touchdown. But that would be it for the Hens in the first half.
Not so for William and Mary. The Tribe would tie the game just three minutes later when Jerome Couplin scooped up a Delaware fumble and ran it back 51 yards to tie the score at 7-7.
The Tribe would take the lead for good in the final 30 seconds of the first quarter when John Carpenter nailed a 47 yard field goal to make it 10-7, William and Mary, with 28 seconds left in the first period.
In the second quarter, Wlliam and Mary completed a 14 play, 67 yard drive as Brent Caprio connected with Tre McBride on a three yard scoring toss to make it 17-7 with just 9 seconds left before the half.
In the third quarter, the Tribe stretched their lead to 24-7 with a pass interception that set them up at the Blue Hen 30....from there it took just one play to make it 24-7 with a 30 yard pass from Caprio to Sean Ballard.
Delaware scored its' first points since the opening kickoff when they drove 72 yards on 6 plays late in the third quarter...but the drive stalled and the Blue Hens had to settle for a 36 yard field goal by Sean Baner that made it 24-10 with 6 seconds left before the end of the period.
But Delaware just couldn't get anything going in the 4th quarter, except for a drive that got them to a first and goal at the Tribe 9. But Wiliam and Mary pressure resulted in a long third down sack and an incomplete pass on 4th down, with 1:27 to go. From there, William and Mary ran out the clock for a 24-10 win, their third straight.
Delaware failed to score an offensive touchdown and managed just 223 total yards, minus 19 on the ground. It was not a great day for quarterback Trevor Sasek, who was just 25 for 50 for 242 yards and two interceptions. He was under pressure all day and was sacked several times by the CAA's number one defense.
In addition, William and Mary had the ball for 37 and a half minutes, compared to Delawares' 23 and a half minutes.
William and Mary running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor helped the Tribe control the cock, gaining 140 yards on 32 carries.
The loss drops Delaware to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the CAA...William and Mary raises its record to 7-3 and 4-2 in conferece play.
Next up for Delaware...they host Richmond next Saturday in the final home game of the season.
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