Early Offense, Late Defense Click In 21-10 Win At #9 Delaware
Oct. 15, 2011
NEWARK, Del. - A 21-point first quarter followed by standout defensive play throughout the game led the UMass football team to a 21-10 win at No. 9 Delaware on Saturday afternoon at Raymond Field. Kellen Pagel threw for 245 yards, while Darren Thellen had a pair of interceptions for the second straight game.
The Minutemen will return to action next Saturday at Gillette Stadium for the Colonial Clash against New Hampshire. Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM and the game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet New England.
UMass (4-2) took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter - the first time since 1975 that Delaware has allowed 21 points in the opening frame. Jonathan Hernandez put the Minutemen on the scoreboard with a 5 yard rush with 12 minutes left in the quarter. Emil Igwenagu added a six-yard touchdown reception nearly just over seven minutes later and Julian Talley scored on a three-yard rush with 91 seconds remaining.
Delaware (4-3, 2-2 CAA) got on the scoreboard with 9:34 left in the second quarter on a Boyle 14-yard reception from Donnelly (14-of-30). The Blue Hens scored on a 27-yard field goal with 58 seconds left in the first half to close out the scoring for the game.
Pagel finished the game going 20-of-39 for 245 yard and a touchdown. Tom Gilson had six catches for 67 yards, while Jesse Julmiste led all receivers with 90 yards on four catches. Igwenagu's touchdown pass was his third in as many games.
Defensively, UMass was led by Tyler Holmes whose 10 tackles marked the fourth straight game in double-digits. Perry McIntyre had nine including 1.5 sacks. Ed Saint-Vil (8 tackles) and Shane Vivieros each returned to the starting line-up making eight and four tackles, respectively.