Unbeaten Delaware Football Takes to the Road for First Time, Travels to Navy Saturday Afternoon
Blue Hens looking to go 3-0; head to Navy for non-conference tile
The University of Delaware will hit the road for the first time this week as the unbeaten Blue Hens (2-0), big winners over Jacksonville and Delaware State the last two weeks, head to Annapolis, Md. to take on rival Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium Saturday.
The game will be televised live nationally on CBS Sports Network TV.
Always one of the most anticipated games of the year for UD players and fans, Delaware will be looking to snap a personal two-game losing streak to the Mids and pick up a win for the first time since a 59-52 win in 2007. The team teams will meet for the 17th time with Navy holding a slim 9-7 advantage.
Navy opened its season last Saturday night with a 41-35 win at Indiana behind a 444-yard rushing attack.
Delaware: 2-0 (0-0, Colonial Athletic Association)
Navy: 1-0 (NCAA FBS Independent)
Delaware: 5-6 (2-5 CAA/8th Place)
Navy: 8-5 (Fight Hunger Bowl)
Delaware - Received votes in The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Top 25 polls (Sept. 2 - New Poll Announced Sept. 9)
Navy - Unranked
• Navy leads 9-7 since first game in 1931 and has won two straight contests, including a 40-17 win in 2011 and a 35-18 win in 2009 (see more series note and details on page 2)
Dave Brock (Salisbury State ‘94) - 2-0 all-time at Delaware and overall...named the 22nd head coach in Delaware football history on Jan. 18, 2013...becomes just the fifth head coach since the 1940 season...native of Moorestown, N.J. and a veteran of 22 collegiate seasons as an assistant coach...comes to Delaware after serving one season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under coach Kyle Flood at Rutgers where team posted a 9-4 record, won a share of the Big East title, and advanced to the Russell Athletic Bowl...has also coached at Boston College, Kansas State, North Carolina, Temple, Hofstra, Salisbury State, and Western Connecticut State...played linebacker at Ferrum (Va.) College before earning degree from Salisbury (Md.) State University in 1994...he and wife, Karen, have five children - Henry, William, Richard, Kate, and Maggie.
Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaii ‘89)...6th season at Navy and overall (41-26, .612)...2-0 all-time vs. Delaware (both games at Navy)...has led Mids to eight or more wins four times and to five bowl games, including a win at the 2009 Texas Bowl...led Navy to record of 8-5 and a Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl appearance in 2012... had two coaching stints at Navy for a total of 10 seasons prior to taking over as head coach...previously served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Navy...Navy went 45-29 in his six seasons as offensive line coach...lettered three years as a quarterback and led Hawaii to their first postseason bowl in 1989...hired as a full-time assistant at Hawaii in 1992 and spent three seasons as an offensive assistant coach.
• Navy leads 9-7 since first game in 1931
• Navy leads 8-5 in games played in Annapolis, Md.
• Navy won the most recent meeting, 40-17 in 2011 in Annapolis, Md. in the season opener for both teams
• Delaware’s last win in the series was a 59-52 win in 2007 at Annapolis
• In the overall series, Navy has outscored Delaware by a 425-327 margin, an average of just 6.1 points per game
1931 - Navy, 12-7 (at Navy)
1985 - Delaware, 16-13 (at Delaware)
1986 - Delaware, 27-14 (at Navy)
1987 - Navy, 31-22 (at Delaware)
1988 - Navy, 30-3 (at Navy) (biggest Navy win margin)
1989 - Delaware, 10-9 (at Delaware)
1990 - Navy, 31-27 (at Navy)
1991 - Delaware, 29-25 (at Navy)
1992 - Delaware, 37-21 (at Navy)
1995 - Navy, 31-7 (at Navy)
1996 - Navy, 30-14 (at Navy)
2003 - Delaware, 21-17 (at Navy)
2004 - Navy, 34-20 (at Navy)
2007 - Delaware, 59-52 (at Navy)
2009 - Navy, 35-18 (at Navy)
2011 - Navy, 40-17 (at Navy)
Navy 40, Delaware 17
September 3, 2011 • Annapolis, Md.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy quarterbacks have a history of big games against the University of Delaware.
Senior Kriss Proctor added to that legacy as he ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another score as the Mids spoiled the season opener for the Blue Hens with a 40-17 victory before a sun-splashed crowd of 34,117 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.
The No. 5 ranked Blue Hens were able to pile up 363 yards of offense but too many missed opportunities proved to be Delaware's undoing.
Sophomore All-American running back Andrew Pierce, the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Year, led the way for the Hens, rushing for 119 yards and capping the scoring with a one-yard burst with 2:54 left that capped a 78-yard drive. The 100-yard effort was the eighth of Pierce's young career as a Blue Hen.
Delaware quarterbacks Trevor Sasek and Tim Donnelly also showed signs of good things to come. Sasek, who started the game after winning a battle with Donnelly during pre-season, completed 9 of 19 passes for 82 yards and scored the Hens' first touchdown on a 21-yard run before leaving the game in the second half with a knee contusion. Donnelly, a junior, hit on 7 of 9 passes for 60 yards and an interception.
Proctor, a first-year starter for the Mids after replacing 2010 standout Ricky Dobbs, broke away on a 75-yard scoring jaunt on just the fourth play of the game and later scored on runs of 27 yards in the third quarter and one-yard early in the final stanza. He also hit Aaron Santiago on a 12-yard scoring toss midway through the final stanza to push the Navy lead to 40-10.
Delaware's defense, which lost eight starters and three All-Americans from a unit that led the nation in scoring defense a year ago when it gave up just 12.1 points per game, allowed its highest point total since a 41-7 setback to Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison in 2008.
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