DOVER, Del. -- Delaware State's quick-hitting ground game rolled up a school-record 518 yards yesterday, making life miserable for winless Towson State and carrying the vengeful Hornets to a 24-13 victory.
Delaware State had been waiting for a shot at the Tigers sinclast November, when Towson State blitzed the Hornets, 35-17, at Towson to keep Delaware State out of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-AA playoffs.
"It [last year's defeat] was on our mind," said Delaware Statcoach Bill Collick. "I'm not going to deny that. It was a bad day down there for us. They [Towson] did a nice job with their schemes. I'm happy our kids were able to respond today to what happened last year."
Hornets halfback Doug Reed, who scored all three touchdownand carried the ball eight times for 152 yards, said: "They [Towson] kept us out of the playoffs last year, and we were waiting for them this time. Edward James [Delaware State linebacker] set the tone for the day when he came flying through the air to hit their running back [Robbie Jackson] on that third-down play on our 1-yard line in the first quarter."
Yesterday's loss dropped the Tigers to 0-3 and ran their losinstreak on the road to 10. Towson State has not won away from Minnegan Stadium since beating Howard University, 31-28, in Washington in October 1988.
Inspired Delaware State (2-1)outblocked and outhit TowsoState most of the afternoon to rally from a 13-7 halftime deficit for the impressive win.
Reed and the Hornets dominated the second half after TowsoState quarterback Chris Goetz had passed the visitors to the 13-7 advantage.
Delaware State amassed 355 yards rushing in the second haland held the football 22 minutes, 30 seconds, rarely giving Goetz and the Towson offense a chance to get on the field.
Reed, a junior who is only 5 feet 9 and 175 pounds, carried thball just four times in the second half but he scored on runs of 28 and 58 yards and had 117 yards rushing. He rushed four times in the first half for 35 yards and one touchdown.
Delaware State's other halfback, Tony Bethea, didn't have thimpressive numbers that Reed had but he was nearly as effective, running 16 times for 143 yards.
Hornets fullback Michael Murray (23 rushes for 97 yards) anquarterback Curtis Williams (12, 83) joined in the crushing ground game that left Towson coach Phil Albert shaking his head.
"That's an unbelievable amount of yardage," Albert said, "but thmore interesting thing is that we were still in the game in the fourth quarter even though they had that much offense."