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The Blue Hens take their two-game win streak to Maine Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

#24 Blue Hens Head North; Travel to #23 Maine Saturday for First CAA Road Tilt

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 10/04/2013
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GAME PREVIEW:
#25/24 Blue Hens Look to Keep Winning Ways Alive; Head North to #23 Maine for First
CAA Road Game of the Season

ORONO, Maine -- Two teams coming off big wins over ranked conference opponents that vaulted them into this week’s national Top 25, will square off at Alfond Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. as  #24/25 ranked University of Delaware travels to Orono to take on #23/23 University of Maine.

Delaware (4-1, 1-0 CAA) will be looking to make it three straight wins after posting a spirited 29-22 victory over then No. 14 ranked James Madison in their Colonial Athletic Association opener Saturday at Delaware Stadium.

The Blue Hens overcame an early 13-0 deficit and rallied back to win thank to two Trent Hurley to Nick Boyle touchdown passes in the second half, including the game-winner from eight yards out with 6:40 left to play.

Delaware will be looking to go 2-0 in CAA play for the first time since the 2010 season when they shared the league title and advanced to the NCAA FCS title game.

Maine (4-1, 1-0 CAA) is coming off a big win of its own as the Black Bears picked up a 28-21 on the road at then No. 20  Richmond  in its CAA opener. Maine has played two FBS opponents this season, defeating Massachusetts 24-14 and falling at No. 16 Northwestern 35-21.

Delaware leads the all-time series by a 23-9 margin but will be trying to snap a two-game Maine win streak in the series.  The Blue Hens are 10-4 all-time at Alfond.

2013 RECORDS
Delaware: 4-1 (1-0, Colonial Athletic Association)
Maine: 4-1 (1-0, Colonial Athletic Association)

2012 RECORDS
Delaware: 5-6 (2-5 CAA/8th Place)
Maine: 5-6 (4-4 CAA/7th Place)

NATIONAL RANKINGS
Delaware -  No. 24 in The Sports Network and No. 25 in the FCS Coaches Top 25 polls (Sept. 30)
Maine -  No. 23 in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Top 25 polls (Sept. 30)

HEAD COACHES

DELAWARE: 
Dave Brock (Salisbury State ‘94) - 4-1 (.800) all-time at Delaware and overall (1st season)...1-0 (1.000) in Colonial Athletic Association play...4-0 all-time at Delaware Stadium; 0-1 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.

MAINE: 
Jack Cosgrove (Maine ‘ (Maine ‘78)...21st season as head coach...114-119 (.489) overall at Maine...76-87 (.466) all-time in conference play...7-8 as a head coach vs. Delaware...winningest coach in Maine history and No. 5 all-time for league wins among CAA head coaches...led Black Bears to conference titles in 2001 and 2002 and to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 (Quarterfinals), 2002 (Quarterfinals), 2008, and 2011 (2nd Round)...1978 Maine graduate who was a two-time all-conference quarterback for the Black Bears in 1974-77...went 0-3 against Delaware as a player at Maine, falling 39-13 in 1974, 35-9 in 1975, and 36-0 in 1976....served as Maine’s assistant coach in 1978-80 and 1987-92 before becoming head coach.

DELAWARE-MAINE SERIES
• This week’s game marks the 33rd meeting between the two schools with Delaware leading 23-9
• Maine has won the last two meetings but Delaware captured the previous two matchups before that
•  Delaware is 10-4 all-time at Maine’s Alfond Stadium but Maine won the last meeting here by a 31-17 score in 2011. Delaware had won three of the previous four games in Orono
•   Delaware’s last win in the series was a 26-7 victory at Delaware Stadium in 2010
•  Maine’s last victory in the series was a 26-3 win last year at Delaware Stadium. The game marked the only time in the series that the Blue Hens failed to score a touchdown.

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