Blue Hens Look to Keep Post-Season Dreams Alive, Meet Villanova in Battle of the Blue Saturday at PPL Park
Hens Look to Keep Tournament Hopes Alive in Regular Season Finale vs. Rival Villanova
CHESTER, Pa. -- The 2013 regular season comes to a close this Saturday at PP&L Park as Delaware and pre-season Colonial Athletic Association favorite Villanova square off for possession of the annual Battle of the Blue Trophy.
This fierce rivalry, one of the top matchups in not only the CAA but in all of NCAA FCS football, will be played at the neutral site, PP&L Park (Home of the Philadelphia Union soccer club), for the second time.
Both teams are obviously out to win, but the goals are different. The Blue Hens (7-4, 4-3 CAA) are looking to snap a two-game losing streak, close out the season strong, and make a case for an at-large berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament field. The 24-team field will be announced Sunday morning.
The Wildcats (5-5, 4-3 CAA), who were idle last week, look to close out a disappointing season in the win column and secure a winning record. Villanova, which went 8-4 a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, has been hurt by injuries and has lost three games by a field goal or less.
The teams meet for the 47th time since 1895 with Villanova holding a slim 24-21-1 edge with six wins in the last seven meetings.
Delaware: 7-4 (4-3, Colonial Athletic Association)
Villanova: 5-5 (4-3, Colonial Athletic Association)
Delaware: 5-6 (2-5 CAA/8th Place)
Villanova: 8-4 (6-2 CAA/tie, 2nd Place; lost to Stony Brook in NCAA Tournament 1st Round)
Delaware - Received votes in The Sports Network Top 25 Media Poll and in the FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll (Nov. 18)
Villanova - Received votes in The Sports Network Top 25 Media Poll; not ranked in FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll
Dave Brock (Salisbury State ‘94) - 7-4 (.636) all-time at Delaware and overall (1st season)...4-3 (.571) in Colonial Athletic Association play...5-2 (.714) all-time at Delaware Stadium (2-2 vs. CAA); 2-2 on the road (2-1 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.
Andy Talley (Southern Connecticut State ‘67)
28th season at Villanova (203-125-1, .618)...33rd season overall (231-143-2, .617)...12-12 all-time vs. Delaware (0-1 at PP&L Park)...123-87 (.586) all-time in conference play...has led Villanova to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and five conference titles...led 2009 team to its first ever NCAA Division I FCS national title with a 14-1 record...named 1997 NCAA I- AA Coach of the Year (Eddie Robinson Award)...also led Villanova to NCAA semifinals in 2010.
• Delaware’s fiercest rivalry, the teams will once again play for the Battle of the Blue Trophy this week
• This week’s game marks the 47th meeting all-time since 1895 with Villanova holding a slim 24-21-1 edge
• Villanova has won six of the last seven meetings, including a 41-10 victory last year at Delaware Stadium. The 31-point win margin was the highest in the series for either team since 1974 when Delaware won 49-7 and the highest for Villanova since a 34-0 victory in 1964.
• Villanova had won five straight games in the series before Delaware’s 26-16 win in 2011 in the first-ever football game at PP&L Park in Chester, Pa. The win streak was the longest for either team since Delaware won six straight in 1990-95.
• Villanova is the only Delaware CAA opponent that has ever defeated the Hens five straight times
• Delaware’s last win in the series was the 26-16 victory in 2011 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
• Delaware has lost four straight at Delaware Stadium in the series since a 41-35 win in 2004
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