NEWARK, Del.  --  University of Delaware football head coach Dave Brock announced Friday that Blue Hen starting quarterback Trent Hurley will not play in this week’s pivotal Top 25 Colonial Athletic Association showdown at rival Towson University due to an injury.

Hurley, who injured his upper body last Saturday at Rhode Island but finished out the game en route to the 35-13 victory, has not practiced all week. He will give way to senior Trevor Sasek, who will make his fourth career start.

No. 21 Delaware (6-2, 3-1 CAA) will look to extend its winning streak to three games as the Blue Hens travel to No. 7 Towson (8-1, 4-1 CAA) for a 7 p.m. showdown at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson has won two straight since its only loss of the season, a 45-35 setback to Villanova on Oct. 12.  

Delaware will be looking to knock off a Top 10 ranked opponent on the road for the first time since 2010, when Delaware defeated No. 3 James Madison 13-10 in Harrisonburg, Va. In that game, Sasek came off the bench to spell injured starter Pat Devlin on the first series of the game and led the Blue Hens to the victory.

Sasek, a 6-6, 225 lb. senior from Limerick, Pa., has appeared in five games in a backup role this season and completed 5 of 11 passes for 88 yards and one touchdown. For his career, he has played in 18 games and thrown for 517 yards and two touchdowns while posting a record of 2-2.

Hurley, a 6-4, 210 lb. junior from Connellsville, Pa., has started all eight games this season and thrown for 1,690 yards and 16 touchdowns. He leads the CAA and ranks No. 11 nationally in passing efficiency with a 154.0 rating and is No. 3 in the CAA in completion percentage (.652) and No. 5 in passing yards (211.3 yards per game).