HAMPTON, Va. (AP) Jourdan Townsend returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and Delaware scored on its first six drives to overwhelm Hampton 47-3 on Saturday.

After Marcus Yarns staked the Blue Hens, the seventh-ranked team in the FCS Coaches Poll, to a 7-0 lead with an 8-yard run to cap their first drive, Townsend notched his touchdown.

With a short field for punter Tristan Heaton, the coverage team ran to the goal line for a chance to down the ball but Townsend went forward and caught the ball on the fly and went untouched down the left sideline for a quick 14-0 lead.

Yarns also had a 4-yard run that made it 24-0 and Zach Marker had an 18-yard run and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Youngblood as the Blue Hens (6-1, 4-0 Coastal Athletic Conference) led 38-3 at the half.

Marker was 17-of-28 passing for 239 yards and Nick Minicucci was 4 of 6 for 51 and a 27-yard touchdown to James Collins to cap the scoring.

Five different runners had at least 30 yards as the Blue Hens had 227 of their 522 yards on the ground.

Tymere Robinson ran for 119 yards for the Pirates (3-4, 1-2).

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