The University of Delaware football team fell agonizingly short of a national football championship Friday night in Frisco, Texas.
With Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Jack Markell watching, the Blue Hens marched out to a 19-0 lead, looking totally dominant over the Eastern Washington University Eagles.
But in the second half the Eagles began clicking on pass plays all over the field, while dropped passes stalled the Blue Hens’ offensef.
A bizarre sequence late in the fourth quarter led to the touchdown that cost Delaware the game. Officials seemingly gave Eastern Washington an advantageous spot on a key fourth down play. The play was reviewed; the spot was changed, but the officials still awarded the Eagles the first down by an inch, enraging Blue Hens coach K.C. Keeler.
The margin of victory ended up being a missed extra point after a Delaware touchdown in the first half.