Delaware 24, Northeastern 14
NEWARK, Del. (AP) _ Dorrell Green turned an interception into a 93-yard touchdown as Delaware defeated Northeastern 24-14 Saturday before a Homecoming crowd.
Delaware was leading 7-0 in the second quarter when Green stepped in front of a Jim Murphy pass at Delaware’s 7-yard line and scampered down the left sideline for the touchdown to give the team a solid halftime lead.
Northeastern (3-4, 2-4 Yankee Conference) outgained Delaware 414 to 303 in total yardage, held a 26-11 advantage in first downs, and held possession for 15 more minutes, but the 10th ranked Blue Hens (6-1, 4-1 YC) used four interceptions, including Green’s, to post their fifth straight victory and 12th straight win at home.
``The best thing about our team is that we found a way to win,″ said Delaware head coach Tubby Raymond. ``Sometimes we don’t look very good doing it, but today we did what we needed to do.″
Delaware senior quarterback Leo Hamlett hit on just 8 of 23 passes but threw for 183 yards, including a 24-yard scoring toss to Courtney Batts to open the scoring and a 59-yard touchdown bomb to Eddie Conti in the third quarter to lead the Blue Hens, who never trailed in the contest.
Murphy hit on 30 of 49 passes for 336 yards on the day for the Huskies. Northeastern cut the lead to 14-7 on a 10-yard run by Jeff Reale five minutes into the third quarter, but the Hens came back as Hamlett hit Conti on a 59-yard scoring strike across the middle.
A 26-yard field goal by Sean Leach with 12:23 left to play put the Hens up 24-7.
Northeastern rallied, cutting the lead to 24-14 on a two-yard run by David Edmundson with 7:37 left to play but the Hens came up with two more big turnovers, as Green intercepted Murphy at the Delaware 30-yard line with 4:04 left and Dale Koscielski picked off another at the goal line with 54 seconds remaining.
Batts caught five passes for 94 yards, extending his school record for career pass receiving yards to 2,009.