Delaware QB Sasek hurt in 40-17 loss to Navy

BY foxsports • September 3, 2011

Tim Donnelly lost out to Trevor Sasek as the Delaware starting quarterback.

He finished the game anyway, after Sasek got hurt in the Blue Hens' 40-17 loss to Navy.

Kriss Proctor rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns and threw his first career TD pass.

Jon Teague kicked a school-record 54-yard field goal for Navy and Aaron Santiago added two touchdowns on a 13-yard run and 12-yard pass from Proctor.

''Navy did some things we hadn't seen in our video and we had to make some adjustments on the run and then some more at halftime,'' Delaware coach K.C. Keeler said. ''I thought Navy did a real good job tweaking some of the things they do well offensively to really affect how we played.

Delaware, of the Colonial Athletic Conference, came into the game ranked fifth in the Football Championship Subdivision preseason poll after playing in last year's subdivision title game.

Proctor, a senior starting only his fourth game, quickly made his presence felt. On the third play of the game he weaved his way through the Blue Hens' defense on a 75-yard touchdown run.

He scored twice more on runs of 27 and 1 yards and added his first career touchdown pass. He finished the game with yards 46 passing, completing 4 of 7.

The Mids finished with 437 yards total offense, 391 on the ground.

''The disappointing thing about playing Navy defensively is that we learned nothing from this, because now we have to put our players back in the positions they normally would have played.''

Delaware, which played the final quarter without starting quarterback Trevor Sasek, finished with 363 yards, but that included a 78-yard scoring drive against Navy's reserves.

Andrew Pierce ran for 119 yards on 20 rushes. It was Pierce's eighth career 100-yard game.

Sasek, who was injured late in the third quarter when he was tackled hard at the end of a flea-flicker play where he caught a pass, completed 9 of 19 passes for 82 yards and scored on a 21-yard run.

Donnelly completed 7 of 9 passes for 60 yards.

''Without the dropped balls, he could have been something like 12 for 15,'' Keeler said. ''Early indications look like there is no structural damage to the knee.''

Santiago's 13-yard run capped a 61-yard drive, following a fumble recovery by Mason Graham.

Teague added a field goal from 36 yards after a Navy drive lasting 8 minutes, 23 seconds.

Sasek's 21-yard run got the Hens on the scoreboard, but Teague's 54-yard kick with the wind at his back gave Navy a 19-7 halftime lead. The old record was 52 yards by Todd Solomon in 1984.

Navy scored on its first possession of the second half on Proctor's 27-yard run for a 26-7 lead.

Delaware added a 25-yard field goal by Sean Baner to make it 26-10, but Sasek injured his knee when he was hit hard after catching a pass on a trick play. Sasek returned to quarterback on the next series, but lasted one play before leaving for good.

Navy added two scores on a 1-yard run by Proctor and a 12-yard pass to Santiago for his first career passing touchdown. Kwesi Mitchell's interception set up the score.

Delaware's final score came on a 1-yard run by Pierce with 2:54 to play.


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