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Blue Heaven
Kelley King
December 29, 2003
It was billed as a matchup of Division I-AA's two best players, but the title game between Delaware and Colgate last Friday in Chattanooga turned out to be no contest. Colgate junior running back Jamaal Branch, who'd rushed for 2,271 yards and 29 TDs to win the Walter Payton Award, was held to 55 yards on 20 carries, while Delaware senior QB Andy Hall, a Payton finalist, completed 12 of 20 passes for 182 yards and two TDs in leading the Blue Hens to a 40-0 victory and their first I-AA title. During the season Hall, a Georgia Tech transfer, played through a broken finger, a bad back, a hip pointer and finally a separated left shoulder, which was hurting him on Friday night. Hall didn't mind it. "To win a national championship at any level is unbelievable," he said. "I feel like Michael Jordan right now. I'm going out on top."
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December 29, 2003

Blue Heaven

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It was billed as a matchup of Division I-AA's two best players, but the title game between Delaware and Colgate last Friday in Chattanooga turned out to be no contest. Colgate junior running back Jamaal Branch, who'd rushed for 2,271 yards and 29 TDs to win the Walter Payton Award, was held to 55 yards on 20 carries, while Delaware senior QB Andy Hall, a Payton finalist, completed 12 of 20 passes for 182 yards and two TDs in leading the Blue Hens to a 40-0 victory and their first I-AA title. During the season Hall, a Georgia Tech transfer, played through a broken finger, a bad back, a hip pointer and finally a separated left shoulder, which was hurting him on Friday night. Hall didn't mind it. "To win a national championship at any level is unbelievable," he said. "I feel like Michael Jordan right now. I'm going out on top."

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