Delaware to Host Albany for Homecoming Saturday; Hens to Honor '63 National Champions
Blue Hens Look to Bounce Back vs. League Newcomer; Host Albany for Homecoming
NEWARK, Del. -- Two teams looking to rebound from decisive setbacks on the road in Colonial Athletic Association action a week ago will square off this Saturday, Oct. 12, when the University of Delaware (4-2, 1-1 CAA) hosts league newcomer Albany (1-5, 0-2) at Delaware Stadium at 12 noon.
The game will be televised live as part of the CAA Television Network on Comcast SportsNet Regional.
Delaware will be hosting its annual Homecoming festivities with a host of events scheduled throughout the weekend. The Blue Hens will also welcome back the 1963 football team that is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its undefeated wire service Small College National Champions. The team will be honored in a pre-game reception and at halftime of the game.
Delaware will look to get back into the win column after suffering a 62-28 setback to then #23 Maine last Saturday in Orono, Me. The Black Bears scored 27 points in the first quarter and never looked back in downing the Hens for the third straight time. Delaware had a two-game win streak snapped.
Albany, a first-year member of the league after competing as a member of the Northeast Conference, brings a record of 1-5 into this week’s game and will looking to snap a four-game losing streak and capture its first-ever CAA win. The Great Danes will be playing their third straight road game.
After losing consecutive games to Rhode Island and Central Connecticut by a combined nine points, Albany has struggled over the last two weeks, falling to Old Dominion 66-10 on Sept. 21 and 40-13 at James Madison last week.
The Delaware-Albany series is all tied at 1-1 with Albany winning 17-10 in 2006 and Delaware capturing a 38-7 victory in 2008.
Delaware: 4-2 (1-1, Colonial Athletic Association)
Albany: 1-5 (0-2, Colonial Athletic Association)
Delaware: 5-6 (2-5 CAA/8th Place)
Albany: 9-2 (7-1 Northeast Conference/tie 1st)
Delaware - Received votes in The Sports Network and the FCS Coaches Top 25 polls (Oct. 7)
Albany - Not ranked
Dave Brock (Salisbury State ‘94) - 4-2 (.667) all-time at Delaware and overall (1st season)...1-1 (.500) in Colonial Athletic Association play...4-0 all-time at Delaware Stadium; 0-2 on the road...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.
Bob Ford (Springfield ‘59)...265-185-1 (.589), 45th season overall)...256-164 (.609), 41st season at Albany...0-2 (.000) all-time in Colonial Athletic Association play...1-1 (.500) all-time vs. Delaware...first meeting with UD head coach Dave Brock...the dean of CAA coaches now in 45th season as a collegiate head coach...announced prior to the season that he will retire after the 2013 campaign...has recorded seven straight winning seasons entering 2013...led Albany to 8-4 record and NCAA Tournament berth in 2011...began head coaching career at St. Lawrence (N.Y.), going 9-22-1 in 1965-68.
• This week’s game marks just the third meeting between the two schools with the series tied at 1-1
• Albany won the first matchup with a 17-10 victory at Delaware Stadium on Sept. 16, 2006
• Delaware won the most recent matchup with a 38-7 victory on Sept. 27, 2008 at Delaware Stadium.
• Delaware has outscored Albany 48-24 in series
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