NEWARK, Del. --  Thanks to the thrilling 32-31 comeback victory over seventh-ranked Towson last Saturday night, the University of Delaware football squad has made a giant leap in the national Top 25 polls.

The Blue Hens (7-2, 4-1 CAA), who rallied from a 21-point deficit by scoring 15 points in the final 48 seconds to earn the pivotal Colonial Athletic Association win over Towson, jumped from No. 21 to No. 15 in this week’s The Sports Network Media poll. In the FCS Coaches poll, Delaware moved from among teams earning votes to No. 21 overall.

The No. 15 ranking is the highest for Delaware since a appearing at No. 8 in the TSN poll last Sept. 24. Delaware has received votes in every poll this season and previously cracked the Top 25 with a No. 24 ranking on Sept. 30 and with a No. 21 showing on Oct. 28. Delaware has been ranked in the Top 25 at some point in the season every year since 1991.

Delaware faces another tough test this weekend as the Blue Hens return home to Delaware Stadium to face No. 23/24 William & Mary (6-3, 3-2 CAA), which has won two straight games over ranked teams, including a 17-0 win over No. 16 New Hampshire last Saturday.

A big crowd is expected at Delaware Stadium for Parents and Family Weekend on Saturday but plenty of good seats remain. To purchase tickets, go to or call 302-831-2257.

Defending national champion North Dakota State remained at the No. 1 in both polls once again this week. In The Sports Network poll, they were followed by Eastern Illinois, Eastern Washington, Montana State, Coastal Carolina, Sam Houston State, Fordham, Maine, Youngstown State, Montana, McNeese State, Bethune-Cookman, Towson, Northern Arizona, Delaware, Southeastern Louisiana, Wofford, Charleston Southern, South Dakota State, Samford, Lehigh, James Madison, William & Mary, Chattanooga, and New Hampshire. A total of seven teams from the CAA earned votes in the poll.

In the FCS Coaches poll, North Dakota State was followed by Eastern Illinois, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Washington, Montana State, Fordham, Sam Houston State, Youngstown State, Maine, Bethune-Cookman, Towson, Montana, McNeese State, Northern Arizona, Wofford, Charleston Southern, Southeastern Louisiana, James Madison, Lehigh, South Dakota State, Delaware, Samford, Chattanooga, William & Mary, and Central Arkansas.