Villanova 35

(7-5, 4-5 CAA)

Delaware 41

(8-3, 7-1 CAA)

1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
VILL 7 7 7 1435
DEL 14 10 10 741

Top Performers

Passing: M. Burroughs (VILL) - 334 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: O. Cuff (DEL) - 28 CAR, 72 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: J. Outlaw (VILL) - 7 REC, 122 YDS

Delaware 41, Villanova 35

NEWARK, Del. (AP) -- Omar Cuff scored four touchdowns to help Delaware beat Villanova 41-35 and claim a share of the Atlantic 10 Conference title on Saturday.

Cuff opened scoring with a 1-yard run five minutes into the game on Delaware's first possession. Garron Bible's interception set up a 21-play, 86-yard drive that resulted in a 26-yard field goal by Brad Shushman. Cuff scored again from one-yard out to give the Hens a 24-7 halftime lead.

Delaware (8-3, 7-1) built a 41-21 lead on Cuff's fourth touchdown run of the day with 14:16 left to play, but Villanova (6-5, 3-5) battled back, scoring three times in the final nine minutes of the game.

Villanova's Marvin Burroughs completed 23 of his 40 passes for 334 yards. He followed a Villanova safety with an eight-yard scoring toss to Curtis Waltman and ran two yards for a touchdown himself to cut the lead to 41-35.

Burroughs launched one final pass, but Delaware's Kyle Campbell intercepted it on the eight-yard line and returned it 40 yards to end the game.

The victory earned the Hens their second consecutive berth in the NCAA I-AA playoffs.