Saturday Night Lights: Blue Hens take home the win in 3OT battle against Rhode Island
The tension was high in Delaware’s triple-overtime victory over the Rhode Island Rams. The game went down to the last play and bumped the Blue Hens’ record up to 2-0.
The win was the 700th win in school history.
The first half, as a whole, was disappointing.
The Blue Hens’ first offensive drive was cut short by an interception after two plays. The rest of the first quarter, Delaware was stopped and ended their drives with punts until Rhode Island had yet another interception to end the quarter.
They ended the first quarter 3-0, Rhode Island ahead.
The second quarter was just as fruitless an effort. They had more success on offense. Redshirt senior running back Andre Robinson had a 23-yard run, however, that drive ended in an interception.
With the Rams kicking a field goal and scoring a touchdown the Blue Hens were down 13-0 at the half.
Delaware returned to the game with renewed energy, scoring back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter.
The first touchdown came off a long bomb 66-yard pass from redshirt senior quarterback Pat Kehoe to redshirt junior wide receiver Chichi Amachi. The second came off a 21-yard pass to sophomore tight end Bryce De Maille.
“We were just able to sustain some more drives later in the first half and into the second half,” Kehoe said. “It was just great to see the guys fight.”
Both of these touchdowns went unanswered in the third quarter, with the Blue Hens leading 14-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
Then, the real battle on offense began. The Rams opened with a touchdown and a failed extra point. The Blue Hens answered with a touchdown and a two-point conversion, advancing to a 22-19 lead.
The Rams made a 44-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to tie the game at 22 and send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Delaware opened strong. They ended the drive with a 10-yard rush by Robinson for their first touchdown of the extra period.
Rhode Island would answer back with a touchdown of their own, putting the game into double overtime.
The Rams started on offense and managed to score a touchdown, but Kehoe got off a 10-yard pass to De Maille to put the game into triple overtime.
The Blue Hens started on offense and were successful in scoring a touchdown of their own. Kehoe got a one-yard pass to redshirt freshman running back Will Knight. They converted for two points on a pass to De Maille.
The game ended when sophomore defensive end Justis Henley intercepted a touchdown-bound pass, resulting in a 44-36 Blue Hens win.
The Blue Hens play again on Sept. 14 at home against defending FCS Champion North Dakota State.