NEWARK, Del. -- Germaine Bennett ran for a career-high 140
yards and scored two touchdowns to help Delaware beat Northern Iowa
37-7 on Saturday in the NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals.
The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes by a storm that
dumped 6 inches of snow overnight.
Antawn Jenkins also ran for two TDs touchdowns for the Blue Hens
(13-1), who advanced to the semifinals for the first time since
Delaware, which has won four straight games, will play the
winner of the quarterfinal between Western Kentucky and Wofford.
Tom Petrie scored for Northern Iowa (10-3), which had won two
straight and 10 of 11. The Panthers were denied a sixth trip to the
semifinals since 1985.
Brad Shushman kicked field goals of 24, 30 and 32 yards, giving
him a school-record 16 for the season.
The Blue Hens took advantage of a blocked punt, fumble and two
pass-interference penalties against the Panthers to take a 17-0
Delaware scored on its first possession, with Bennett's 2-yard
plunge capping a nine-play, 54-yard drive.
On the next series, Cory Henke's punt was blocked by Delaware's
G.J. Crescione and the Blue Hens needed only 30 seconds to go up
14-0 on Jenkins' 3-yard scamper.
Benny Sapp fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Rashaad Woodard's
recovery set up a 24-yard field goal by Shushman for a 17-0 lead
with 4:42 left in the opening period.
Petrie cut the lead to 17-7 on a right-side keeper 1:10 into the
second period. Kevin Stensrud's fumble recovery set up the 11-play
Bennett's 16th touchdown of the year, a 24-yard run off left
tackle, made it 24-7 early in the third quarter.
Shushman kicked a 30-yard field goal with 2:18 left in the third
quarter and added a 32-yarder with 11:36 remaining in the fourth.
Jenkins ran 7 yards for a score with 6:21 to go.