PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The University of Delaware Blue Hens will play their first road game of the season on Saturday night as they head up to Easton, Pennsylvania to visit Lafayette.
The Blue Hens kicked off 2016 in fine fashion last Thursday, hammering visiting Delaware State 56-14.
“Thrilled with the way we came out of the gate,” Delaware head coach Dave Brock tells KYW Newsradio. “I thought the players, we just asked them to go out and play as hard and as fast and as physical as they could. They did a great job with that. Made an awful lot of plays, played really, really solid on defense, tackled well, played physical.”
Listen to the entire interview with Delaware’s Dave Brock:
Delaware was also dominant in the running game, finishing with 395 yards on the ground. Wes Hills led the way with 212 yards and two scores. Jalen Randolph also scored twice. Both players were returning after suffering season ending injuries in 2015.
At quarterback, the Blue Hens got efficient play from sophomore Joe Walker. He completed 6 of 9 throws for 66 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 39 yards and added a score on the ground.
“I thought Joe did everything we asked him to do,” Brock says. “He probably checked about 65-70% of the run game, put us in the right plays. He ID’s all the run game, he ID’s all the protections, so he is completely in charge on the field. Threw the ball really well.”
The Blue Hens now will face a Lafayette team that opened its season with a road win at Central Connecticut State last week, 24-10.
“Offensively, they certainly seem to be a little bit more up tempo than they have been in the past,” Brock says. “They had it in their package certainly, but it looks to be a little bit more of a core thought process. They throw it around a fair amount, I would expect to see 35-40 passes against us. We really have to do a good job in our zone defense and then we’re going to have to get after that quarterback.
“Defensively, they are big and strong,” Brock adds. “They have some real good linebackers, very good big, stout kids on the defensive line.”
Last year, Delaware beat the Leopards down in Newark, 19-9. This will be the first of three straight road games for Delaware.
Kickoff on Saturday is set for 6:00pm.