#rv/rv Delaware (5-3, 3-2 CAA) at #rv/- Maine (4-3, 3-3 CAA)
📅  Saturday, November 4, 2017
🕖  2 p.m. EDT
📍  Fitzpatrick Stadium - Portland, Maine
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GAME PREVIEW: Blue Hens Look to Get Back on Track, Head Down East to Battle Maine Saturday

PORTLAND, Maine -- The University of Delaware football squad will be looking to get back on the winning track this Saturday when the #rv/rv Blue Hens continue Colonial Athletic Association play with a rare visit to the state of Maine and their first-ever appearance in the city of Portland to take on the #rv/- Black Bears.

Delaware (5-3, 3-2 CAA) had a three-game win streak snapped in the last-minute 18-17 setback at Towson last Saturday, but the Blue Hens are ready to battle back and keep moving towards their goals of six conference wins and eight wins overall that will virtually assure them of their first post-season berth since the 2010 season.

The Blue Hens will be making their first trip to the state of Maine since 2013 - and just their 13th visit overall - but will play in state’s largest city for the first time in school history. Maine had historically made the two-hour drive south from campus in Bangor for one game each season at Fitzpatrick Stadium but this will be their first visit since 2005.

The Black Bears (4-3, 3-3 CAA) enter the game as one of the league’s hottest teams after extending their winning streak to three games with a 23-6 home win over William & Mary on Saturday. The streak also includes a 51-27 victory over Rhode Island and a 12-10 triumph over Albany. Maine put together a five-game win streak last season.

Delaware, which will be looking to snap a personal four-game losing streak to Maine and down the Black Bears for the first time since 2010, continue to excel on defense and rank in the top half of the league in virtually every statistical category on that side of the ball. The Hens rank No. 2 in the CAA in turnover margin (+1.25 per game) and No. 3 in scoring defense (17.1 points allowed per game)and total defense (308.4 yard allowed per game).

Maine which ranks No. 5 in the CAA in scoring offense (25.6), total offense (381.0 yard), and scoring defense (19.7), features one of the nation’s most dangerous runners in sophomore Josh Mack. Mack has rushed 168 times for 979 yards and six touchdowns and leads all FCS runners with 139.9 yards per game. He also ranks No. 4 in all-purpose yards (160.1 per game) and No. 15 nationally in yards per carry (5.83). Earlier this year he ran for 255 yards in a win over Bryant.

DELAWARE VS. MAINE YEAR BY YEAR
Series Record: Delaware leads 23-11 (34 total meetings)
First Meeting: Delaware defeated Maine 62-0 on Nov. 11, 1972 at Delaware Stadium
Streaks: Maine has won 4 straight meetings
At Newark, Del.: Delaware leads 16-6
At Orono, Maine: Delaware leads 7-5 (Maine has won two straight and three of the last 4)
Last Delaware Win: Won 26-7 on Oct. 9, 2010 in Orono, Maine
Last Maine Win: Won 28-21 on Oct. 8, 2016 at Delaware Stadium

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