Scores

Final

Delaware State 24

(1-0, 1-0 away)

VMI 21

(0-1, 0-1 home)

1:30 PM ET, September 3, 2011

Alumni Memorial Field, Lexington, VA

1 2 3 4 T
DSU 6 8 7 324
VMI 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: N. Elko (DSU) - 232 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Jones (VMI) - 19 CAR, 76 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Wilson (DSU) - 6 REC, 110 YDS, 2 TD

Delaware St. 24, VMI 21

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Kermit Blount won his first game as Delaware State's coach, leading the Hornets past Virginia Military Institute 24-21 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Prior to his arrival at Delaware State, Blount spent 17 seasons at Winston-Salem State, where he was the winningest football coach in school history -- posting a 91-87-3 record.

The game was tied 14-14 at halftime when lightning delayed the start of the third quarter. Play resumed after a 68-minute delay.

Nick Elko passed for 232 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Hornets. Justin Wilson had 110 yards receiving and two touchdown catches. Wilson's second score put the Hornets ahead for good 21-14 with 5:46 to play in the third quarter.

Delaware State forced three turnovers, including intercepting VMI quarterback Eric Kordenbrock twice.

Chaz Jones scored three rushing touchdowns for VMI, which had won its past six home openers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DSU
VMI
1st Downs1518
Total Yards346340
Passing232227
Rushing114113
Penalties5-314-40
3rd Down Conversions7-165-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers23
Possession29:5330:07

Passing Leaders

Delaware StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Elko17/322327.330
Virginia Military InstituteC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kordenbrock22/432275.302

Rushing Leaders

Delaware StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones18693.8020
Bailey10383.809
Virginia Military InstituteCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones19764.0316
Talley8455.6014

Receiving Leaders

Delaware StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson611018.3247
Tarpley57615.2137
Virginia Military InstituteRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hairston67612.7035
White34715.7040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDSUVMI
TD14:02Chaz Jones 1 Yd Run (Jeff Sexton Kick) 07
TD12:03Travis Tarpley 19 Yd Pass From Nick Elko (Pat Failed) 67
SECOND QUARTERDSUVMI
TD06:22Chaz Jones Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Jeff Sexton Kick) 614
TD04:27Justin Wilson 7 Yd Pass From Nick Elko (Nick Elko Pass To Travis Tarpley For Two-Point Conversion) 1414
THIRD QUARTERDSUVMI
TD05:46Justin Wilson 47 Yd Pass From Nick Elko (Mitchell Ward Kick) 2114
FOURTH QUARTERDSUVMI
FG12:51Mitchell Ward 24 Yd 2414
TD07:38Chaz Jones 4 Yd Run (Jeff Sexton Kick) 2421