PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For the first time in more than a month, the University of Delaware will play a home football game when the Blue Hens host Maine on Saturday.
Delaware is 2-2 on the season after opening Colonial Athletic Association play this past Saturday by losing at James Madison, 43-20.
“Anytime you go on the road in this league, it’s challenging,” Delaware head coach Dave Brock tells KYW Newsradio. “And to go down there, play a really good team and not to play well, creates a tough circumstance certainly for our players. We really let the game get out of whack in the second quarter, 7-7 and had some opportunities and weren’t able to sustain drives on offense and didn’t stop them on defense and let the game go to a three-score game at halftime (26-7). I thought the kids battled, we just didn’t play very well. We missed more tackles in this game then we missed all year and certainly credit to James Madison.”
Listen to the entire interview with Delaware’s Dave Brock:
Delaware did roll up 437 yards of offense against the Dukes, including 312 yards on the ground, but they allowed 607 yards, including 398 yards rushing.
So now Delaware looks to regroup as the Black Bears visits Newark. The Blue Hens have played three road games and had a bye since their last game at Delaware Stadium, a season-opening win over Delaware State way back on September 1st.
“I think (the players) are really looking forward to (playing at home),” Brock says. “It’s ‘Parents and Family Weekend,’ so it’s always the biggest crowd of the year. I think the kids’ energy level will be out of this world and they are really looking forward to playing at Delaware Stadium in front of our fans. We need to go out and play really, really well this weekend.”
Maine is 1-3 and coming off that one win, a non-league, 35-31 victory over Bryant.
“I think they’ve found something in a young running back (freshman Josh Mack) who had over 100 yards (151) last week against Bryant,” Brock says. “Very physical, tough team. Very well-coached.”
Saturday’s game kicks off at 3:30 pm.