The Blue Devils responded with a 7-play, 73-yard drive that actually covered 84 yards because of a holding penalty. Freshman Kellen Woods, making his first varsity start at quarterback, was a perfect 3-for-3 on the drive. He began the drive with a 19-yard completion to Cory King and ended it with a 28-yard touchdown pass to King. The pass came on a fourth-and-8. Woods took the shotgun snap, rolled to his right and finding his first two options covered, he threw back across the field to King, who caught the ball at the 7, broke a tackle at the 4 and ran into the end zone. Jake Tragesser’s PAT evened the score at 7-all with 8:18 remaining in the game.
“He’s a heady little player,” Tolle said of his freshman QB. “We obviously put him in a difficult spot but I thought he reacted really well. He’s a gamer but the biggest thing he gave us [Friday] is he extended some plays. He was in the pocket and things didn’t happen, he used his feet to extend the play a little bit. He made some gutty throws and I thought he did a whale of a job for his first start.”
Woods finished 10-of-20 for 112 yards and a TD. He also was intercepted three times. Dell led the ground game with 21 carries for 67 yards and Hein added 55 yards on 13 carries. King caught 4 passes for 74 yards and a TD.
Preston completed 20 of 36 passes for 205 yards and a TD. Ben Tharp was his favorite target, catching 9 passes for 110 yards. Smith rushed 10 times for 76 yards.