by Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The University of Delaware Blue Hens will face a tough test on Saturday as they travel down to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Delaware is off to a strong 2-0 start this season. Last week, the Blue Hens beat Lafayette up in Easton, 24-6. The game was actually tied 3-3 at the half, but as the second half unfolded, the Blue Hens really took control of the game.
“Went in at halftime, I think we fixed the things that were ailing us,” Delaware head coach Dave Brock tells KYW Newsradio. “We were able to get going and take control of the line of scrimmage and then end up winning a game 24-6 that really wasn’t indicative of the score.”
Delaware rushed for 276 yards in the win, despite losing starting running back Wes Hills very early in the game to an elbow injury. Thomas Jefferson (124) and Jalen Randolph (105) each topped 100 yards to pick up the slack in his absence.
“Wes won’t play this week,” Brock says. “But I would anticipate he’ll be back when we start conference play in the first week of October. But he’s okay, doing great. With Jalen and Thomas, those guys jump in, they’re very, very good players and we expect them to perform at a really high level, which they did.”
The FCS Blue Hens will be stepping up to face the Demon Deacons of FBS. Wake Forest is off to a 2-0 start this year. An opening game win over Tulane was followed by a victory in their ACC opener this past weekend at Duke.
“You start with the head coach,” Brock says. “Dave Clawson’s a well-known guy in the CAA. Was an assistant for a lot of years, head coach at Richmond, did a great job building that program. Went on and had a great tenure at Bowling Green and now he’s building up Wake Forest. You can see the job he’s doing. They are a very talented team. Very, very good defensive football team. Physical, fast, they tackle.”
Saturday’s game will kick-off at 6:30pm.
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