Blue Hens Return from Bye Week Looking to Continue CAA Momentum at Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I.  -- The rejuventated Blue Hens, coming off a bye week that followed a thrilling last-second win the week before, look to keep that momentum going strong as they head north to take on Rhode Island Saturday, Oct. 26, at noon at Meade Stadium in Colonial Athletic Association play.

Delaware (5-2, 2-1 CAA), which has received votes in the national Top 25 polls all season, had a week off from Saturday competition and got an extra week to prepare for a Rhode Island team that posted a 12-10 upset win at home over Richmond this past Saturday.

Prior to the bye week, Delaware used an exciting comeback to post a 33-30 win over CAA newcomer Albany at Delaware Stadium as Sean Baner kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired. Delaware scored 11 points in the final two minutes to overcome a fourth-quarter deficit.

Rhode Island, which has struggled in the CAA in recent years and has failed to post a winning record every season since 2001.

Delaware: 5-2 (2-1, Colonial Athletic Association)
Rhode Island: 3-5 (2-3, Colonial Athletic Association)

Delaware: 5-6 (2-5 CAA/8th Place)
Rhode Island: 0-11 (0-8 CAA/11th Place)

Delaware -  Received votes in The Sports Network and the FCS Coaches Top 25 polls (Oct. 21)
Rhode Island -  Not ranked


Dave Brock (Salisbury State ‘94) - 5-2 (.714) all-time at Delaware and overall (1st season)...2-1 (.667) in Colonial Athletic Association play...5-0 all-time at Delaware Stadium (2-0 vs. CAA); 0-2 on the road (0-1 vs. CAA)...named the 22nd head coach in Delaware football history on Jan. 18, 2013...just the fifth Delaware head coach since the 1940 season...native of Moorestown, N.J. and a veteran of 22 collegiate seasons as an assistant coach...came 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.

Joe Trainer (Dickinson ‘90)...5th season at Rhode Island (12-40, .231)...8th season overall as a head coach (25-60, .294)...8-29 (.216) in CAA play...1-2 vs. Delaware...1st meeting vs. Dave Brock...2010 CAA Coach of the Year when he led Rams to 5-6 overall record (4-4 in CAA), the most wins by a URI team since 2001...began college head coaching career at NCAA II Millersville (Pa.) where he went 13-20 in three seasons...previously served as an assistant coach at Bowling Green (2009), Rhode Island (2008), Villanova (1997-04), New  Haven (1995-96), Colgate (1993-94), Frostburg State (1992), and Temple (1990-91)...defensive coordinator at Villanova in 2000-04.   

• This week’s game marks the 29th meeting between the two schools with Delaware leading 20-8
• Delaware has won five of the last six meetings
• Rhode Island’s last win in the series was a 38-34 victory Oct. 22, 2011 in Kingston, R.I.
• Delaware’s last win in the series was a 47-24 victory in 2012 on Oct. 20 at Delaware Stadium
• Delaware is 7-5 all-time at Kingston, R.I. with its last victory there a 24-17 victory in 2006
• Delaware won 10 straight meetings between 1989-2000

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