NEWARK, Del. – In a stout defensive battle, the University of Delaware football team walked away with a 19-10 opening-round victory in the FCS Playoffs over Sacred Heart Saturday night at Delaware Stadium.
“I’m really excited about the result and I give Sacred Heart a lot of credit,” said Delaware head coach Danny Rocco. “I thought our defense played like a championship defense out there tonight and we did what we had to do to win the football game.”
Clinging to a 12-7 lead, the defense came up with the big play the Blue Hens needed again, putting an end to a lengthy Sacred Heart drive when redshirt junior Artis Hmmingway and redshirt senior Nijuel Hill combined for a sack to hold the Pioneers to a field goal early in the fourth.
With the help of redshirt junior Khory Spruill, the Blue Hens were able to sustain their own drive, using up over six minutes of clock and converting on a fourth-and-short to eventually see redshirt sophomore Anthony Paoletti power his way into the end zone to make it 19-10 late.
Spruill ran it 12 times for 52 yards to lead the Delaware rushing attack. Henderson was 17-for-27 passing for 113 yards and a score.
Sacred Heart RB Julius Chestnut recorded his ninth-straight 100-yard rushing game and ended the season with 855 yards, to bring him to 3,063 for his career and move him into second place on the SHU all-time chart.
- Stadium: Delaware Stadium
- Location: Newark, Del.
- Attendance: 3175
- Duration: 2:57
SHU: McCray, Marquez (87 PASS); Chestnut, J. (138 RUSH); Cuddahy, Ed (31 REC);
DELAWARE: Nolan Henderson (113 PASS); Khory Spruill (52 RUSH); Thyrick Pitts (50 REC);