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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, September 5, 2010
Comets, Without Tomlinson, Knock Off Cherries, 24-19
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by Rip Snorter
Try as they might, the Connecticut Comets (1‑3) couldn’t manage to give away all of the 11-point lead they forged early in the second half against the Cherries (3‑1) last night. Despite 3 fourth quarter turnovers, the visitors managed to hand Delaware its 1st loss of the season, 24‑19.

The game marked the return to Delaware of long-time star running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Ironically, L.T. sat out the game, fatigued after what had been his typical workload when he was with the Cherries — 60 carries in 3 games. Tomlinson was nevertheless introduced with the Comets’ offense, and the Delaware Stadium crowd gave him a nice hand.

That 3rd Connecticut turnover came with 6:07 left and gave the Cherries, who trailed by 5 points, a golden opportunity to take the lead. The opportunity was set up when Brandon Carr picked off a Tom Brady pass and returned it 22 yards. He then fumbled but Kelly Gregg fell on the ball, putting Delaware in business at the Comets 17. On 3rd and 16, Philip Rivers avoided a sack and hit Sidney Rice in the left flat. Rice had running room but was stopped just short of the first down marker, bringing up a 4th and 1 at the Connecticut 8.

Rather than take a chip shot field goal, or have Rivers give the ball to Ray Rice, who had already scored twice, or Fred Taylor, who had twice converted easily on 4th downs, Cherries coach Jon Brams called what he thought would be a surprise pass. Sidney Rice got open, but Rivers didn’t see him. Instead he threw down the middle into traffic. The pass went behind and too high for the intended receiver, Heath Miller, and that was basically all she wrote. Delaware did get the ball back with just under 2 minutes to go, but, starting from their own 29, 4 plays netted only 6 yards.

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Other Games
(links to box scores)

Saturday, September 4
Hershey 41, @Albany 14
Joe Flacco sizzled — 15-for-18 for 262 yards and 2 Santana Moss touchdowns — as the Hershey Bars (4‑0) built a 31-point halftime lead and breezed past the Racers (1‑3). The victors led a charmed life, fumbling 5 times but recovering every one.

@Baltimore 26, New York 17
The Bolts (3‑1) intercepted Jake Delhomme 4 times, 2 by Darrelle Revis, and Jeff Reed connected on all 4 field goal attempts, as Baltimore subdued the visiting Empires (1‑3).

@Providence 34, Richmond 27
Antwan Barnes had a 64-yard interception return for a score in the 2nd quarter for the Steam Roller (2‑2), but Providence needed a pair of 2nd half Ben Roethlisberger touchdown passes to outlast the winless Rebels (0‑4).

Syracuse 30, @Washington 21
Jonathan Stewart ran for 138 yards to lead the Crush (4‑0) to an impressive win on the road over the Capitols (2‑2). DeSean Jackson opened the scoring with an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown, the 3rd time he has brought one back all the way in the last 3 games.


Monday, September 6
@Philadelphia 27, Charleston 21
The Lakers (2‑2) built a 24‑0 1st quarter lead but barely managed to squeak by the Cannons (1‑3). Jamaal Charles lost 3 fumbles for the visitors. Marshawn Lynch also lost one.