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No. 21 Delaware will face ones of its biggest challenges of the season Saturday as the Blue Hens head to No. 7 Towson
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

No. 21 Blue Hens Head to No. 7 Towson Saturday Night for CAA Football Top 25 Showdown

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 10/28/2013
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GAME PREVIEW:

No. 21 Blue Hens Aiming for a November to Remember, Travel to No. 7 Towson for
Colonial Athletic Association Battle
TOWSON, Md. -- November has arrived and the University of Delaware football squad is looking keep its winning ways alive when the Blue Hens, who moved back into the Top 25 this week at No. 21, make the short hour-long trip south to No. 8/6 Towson for a key Colonial Athletic Association battle Saturday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Blue Hens (6-2, 3-1 CAA), who have won two straight games with victories over Albany and Rhode Island, are in the thick of the CAA standings and hope to move up another rung with a victory over their rival Tigers this week.

Towson (8-1, 4-1 CAA), last year’s CAA runner-up after winning the league title in 2011, has lost just one game all season and enters this week’s matchup on a two-game winning streak with decisive wins over Albany and Richmond.

The game will feature two of the CAA’s most high-powered offensive attacks and two of the nation’s most productive runners in Delaware senior Andrew Pierce and Towson junior Terrance West.
Towson leads the CAA in scoring offense (41.3 points per game) and total offense (489.2 yards per game) while the Blue Hens are right behind, ranking No. 3 in scoring (34.2 ppg) and No. 4 in total offense (447.0).

Pierce, who has put together back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts, ranks sixth in the CAA in rushing (80.1 yards per game) while West leads the CAA and ranks No. 2 nationally with 155.8 yards per game to go with 23 total touchdowns.

The teams have played 14 times with Delaware holding a 9-5 advantage, including a 35-30 win in its last trip to Towson in 2011. The Tigers won last year’s matchup 34-27 in overtime at Delaware Stadium.

2013 RECORDS
Delaware: 6-2 (3-1, Colonial Athletic Association)
Towson: 8-1 (4-1, Colonial Athletic Association)

NATIONAL RANKINGS
Delaware -  No. 21 in The Sports Network Top 25 Media Poll; Received votes in FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll (Oct. 28)
Towson -  Ranked No. 7 in The Sports Network Top 25 Poll and No. 6 in FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll

DELAWARE HEAD COACH:
Dave Brock (Salisbury State ‘94) - 6-2 (.750) all-time at Delaware and overall (1st season)...3-1 (.750) in Colonial Athletic Association play...5-0 all-time at Delaware Stadium (2-0 vs. CAA); 1-2 on the road (1-1 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.

DELAWARE-TOWSON SERIES
• This week’s game marks the 15th meeting between the two schools with Delaware leading 9-5
• Delaware leads the series by a margin of 6-3 since Towson joined the CAA in 2004
• Delaware has won five of the last six meetings
• Delaware is 3-1 all-time at Unitas Stadium, including a 35-30 win in its most recent visit in 2011. Towson’s only win at home was a 35-31 victory in 2005
• Delaware is 6-4 in games played at Delaware Stadium but Towson won last year’s matchup 34-27 in overtime in Newark
• During the series, Delaware has outscored Towson by an average of 13.6 points per game (500 to 309)

See game notes for complete game information

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