WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Omar Cuff scored seven touchdowns to tie a Division I-AA record and lead Delaware to a 49-31 victory over William & Mary on Thursday night.
Cuff ran for 244 yards and six touchdowns on 30 carries times and caught four passes for 52 more yards and another score for the Blue Hens (1-0).
He tied a record set in 1996 by Northern Arizona's Archie Amerson and equaled two years later by McNeese State's Jessie Burton.
Cuff scored three second-quarter touchdowns to give Delaware a 21-3 halftime lead. Two came on 1-yard plunges, and they were sandwiched around a 38-yard run in which Cuff started left, then cut back and spun William & Mary defensive back Robert Livingston around before reaching the end zone untouched.
William & Mary cut the Blue Hens' edge to 21-10 when Jake Phillips lofted a 50-yard scoring pass over Delaware's Fred Andrew to 6-foot-6 tight end Andrew Atchison on the Tribe's first possession of the third quarter. But Cuff answered with a 2-yard run to finish a 70-yard drive on which he carried seven times for 30 yards.
Cuff began the final quarter with a 20-yard scoring play for a 35-10 lead.
Phillips sneaked over from a yard out to cut the margin to 35-17, but Cuff came back with a 19-yard pass reception for a score. He added another 2-yard touchdown after Phillips found D.J. McAulay for a 17-yard TD.
Playing the first Colonial Athletic Association football game -- the 22-year-old league added the sport this season -- Delaware and William & Mary combined for 42 points in the first 9:43 of the fourth quarter.
The Associated Press News Service