JOHNSON CITY – Quay Holmes needed only nine yards to move into second place in career rushing yards for the East Tennessee State Buccaneers and it didn’t take long for him to accomplish that feat.
The junior power runner moved into second place on his third carry of the night and finished the game with 157 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns as the Bucs blew past Delaware State 38-6 Saturday night at Greene Stadium. The 16th-ranked team in FCS controlled the game early on as they allowed only 69 yards to the Hornets in the first half and 175 for the entire game. Quarterback Tyler Riddell threw 16 times for 140 yards and a score. Jacob Saylors ran wild as he averaged just under 10 yards per carry in route to 109 yards on 11 carries, the fifth time the junior speedster has gone over 100 rushing yards in a game. Jalen Porter made life miserable for the Hornets as he had four sacks as the Bucs recorded seven quarterback take-downs.
After Tyler Keltner got the first points of the contest on a 22-yard field goal, the Bucs took advantage of a defensive play when Jalen Porter forced a DSU fumble and Austin Lewis fell on it at the Hornets’ 28 yard line. Saylors made DSU pay for the miscue as he scored from 20 yards away to make it 10-0. Will Huzzie caught a 40-yard bomb from Tyler Riddell and later, Riddell connected with Isaiah Wilson who scored his first career touchdown with a circus catch from 14 yards out to push the ETSU lead to 17-0.
Another acrobatic catch by the Bucs put ETSU in good shape again when Riddell threaded the needle to Nate Atkins who made a fantastic grab in Hornets’ territory. That was one of the highlights that was part of a 14-play , 86-yard drive that gobbled up over eight minutes of the second quarter. The series ended on Holmes’ one-yarder to make it 24-0. DSU finally got on the board when Jared Lewis found Trey Gross for an 18-yard score with nine seconds left. The point after was blocked and ETSU went to the half with a 24-6 lead.
Saylors broke off a 36-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to make it 31-6. Holmes had a highlight to begin the game and he had another in the fourth quarter as he scampered 62 yards to the house to blow the game even more open at 38-6. The Bucs rushed for 309 yards and totaled 449 on the night.
ETSU is now 3-0 for the first time since 1999. The Bucs start Southern Conference play next week as they travel to Birmingham to take on Samford at 3 p.m.