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DSU Football team demonstrates strategy in win against Robert Morris. 

Makaya Hall

Jubilant DSU Football Players

On Saturday October 1st Delaware State successfully brought their record to 3-2 on the season after defeating Robert Morris with a 14-9 win. Delaware State was guided to their win by Marquis Gillis, rushing a team high of 61 yards. The Defenses were dominant on both sides. Robert Morris was held to just 240 total yards; Delaware State managed just 115. 

Delaware State’s Matt Noll kicked a 50-yard punt that the Colonials’ Parker Fetterman fumbled with 1:37 left in the third quarter and Williams recovered the ball to give the Hornets a 14-3 lead. Robert Morris drove 62 yards in 12 plays for a fourth-quarter touchdown run by Anthony Purge that pulled the Colonials within five points at 14-9, but the Hornets were able to run out the clock.

Marquis Gillis broke free for a 41-yard touchdown run with 5:05 left in the first quarter, scoring the lone offensive touchdown for the Hornets (3-2). While Jayson Jenkins from Robert Morris capped an 11-play, 61-yard drive to end the first half, kicking a 38-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.College football is like no other sport. The technique, passion and the pageantry make college football much more than college students chasing each other after a ball. The sport we all know and love as football is more properly called gridiron football, for the vertical yard lines that mark the field.

The History of College Football

 On November 6, 1869, players from Princeton and Rutgers held the first intercollegiate football contest in New Brunswick, New Jersey, playing a soccer-style game with rules adapted from the London Football Association. 

According to  the man most responsible for the transition from this rugby-like game to the sport of football we know today was Walter Camp, known as the “Father of American Football.”

Walter Camp played halfback and served as team captain, equivalent to head coach at the time. Even more importantly, he was the guiding force on the rules board of the newly formed Intercollegiate Football Association (IFA). 

Robert Morris Players

The IFA strategically chose two innovations to the fledgling game: It did away with the opening “scrummage” or “scrum” and introduced the requirement that a team give up the ball after not moving down the field a specified yardage in a certain number of “downs.”

In 1920, the American Professional Football Association—later known as the National Football League—was founded in Canton, Ohio, greatly professionalizing the sport. After growing in size and popularity during the first half of the 20th century, the NFL merged with the American Football League, its rival, in 1970, becoming the behemoth it is today. Today, with 32 member teams, the NFL is the largest football league in the United States. 

College Football is essential to the college students experience. It demonstrates strength, passion, stamina and strategy which is something that every college student needs to have a successful college experience.

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