It was a tough season-opener for the University of Delaware’s second-year head coach Dave Brock and senior quarterback Trent Hurley back on August 30.
The hopeful Blue Hens went on the road to face the ACC’s University of Pittsburgh Panthers––clearly out-matched by a stronger and bigger football program––to open the 2014 campaign, only to come home with a 62-0 defeat. Hurley tossed for just 19 yards with three picks on 6-of-13 passing in the shutout loss at Heinz Field.
The Blue Hens football program returned home the following week to face off with in-state rival Delaware State, recouping from the embarrassing loss at the hands of Pittsburgh with a convincing 27-9 win over the Hornets (0-3). Hurley looked to pick back up where he left off as a junior in 2013 (64.2%, 2,207 yards, 22 TD, 7 INT in 10 games), completing 81% of his pass attempts for 172 yards through the air.
Running backs Wes Hills and Jalen Randolph assisted Hurley with a combined three rushing touchdowns in the 18-point victory, while placekicker Garrett Greenway added a pair of second quarter field goals. The game was played on Sunday September 7, following a postponement from the previous night due to severe thunderstorms throughout the evening.
Hoping to improve upon it’s 1-1 record, Hurley came back out this past Saturday night with yet another impressive performance under center while hosting the Colgate University Raiders. Offensively, Brock’s Blue Hens struggled in the first half, and defensively they surrendered 118 yards and a TD on the ground to Colgate quarterback Jake Melville (also went 15-of-25 for 135 yards through the air).
Delaware trailed 15-14 at the half, and dropped to a 25-14 deficit heading into the fourth quarter of play at Delaware Stadium in Newark. But late-game heroics from Hurley, including four fourth down conversions on five tries, saved the day for UDel. Hurley, who finished the game going 25-of-36 for 257 yards and a pair of TDs (also tossed two nearly-costly picks), led a game-winning scoring drive that ended with him leaping into the end zone for a game-winning rushing TD from five yards out.
The drive, which took 3:55 off the game clock and only gave Colgate :41 to work with, went 57 yards on 12 plays and gave UDel the lead for good, 28-25 (two-point conversion was successful on a WR Michael Johnson run). The drive solidified Delaware’s 11-point comeback and gave the Blue Hens 14 unanswered points in the final quarter of play.
This marks the first time of the season that senior QB Trent Hurley has shown off his leadership skills, and gives head coach Dave Brock and his 2-1 Blue Hens squad plenty of confidence heading into their September 27 road test against James Madison University (2-1).