Blue Hens Step Up a Division, Travel to North Carolina for First-Ever Meeting with Tar Heels
(Note: The is a press release courtesy of bluehens.com)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of Delaware, coming off a near-upset of longtime rival and No. 6/3 ranked Villanova last week, will step up a level and close out its non-conference schedule this Saturday with a trip south to take on Atlantic Coast Conference contender North Carolina for the first time in school history. The game will be produced by the Raycom Sports Network and will be aired live in the Delaware Valley on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
Delaware (1-2) will be looking to return to the win column after the 28-21 loss at Villanova in a game that the Hens led midway through the final quarter before the Wildcats scored twice in the final seven minutes, including the game-winner with 2:35 remaining. The Hens will be looking to knock off their first FCS opponent since downing Navy in 2007.
North Carolina, which went to the Quick Lane Bowl a year ago, is off to a 2-1 start as the Tar Heels bounced back from a season-opening 17-13 loss to South Carolina to defeat North Carolina A&T 53-14 on Sept. 12 and Big 10 foe Illinois 48-14 this past Saturday. The Tar Heels’ offense is averaging an impressive 38.0 points per game.
Delaware: 1-2, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association
North Carolina: 2-1, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference
DELAWARE HEAD COACH
DAVE BROCK (Salisbury State ‘94) – 14-13 (.518) all-time at Delaware and overall (3rd season)…8-9 (.470) in Colonial Athletic Association play…10-6 (.625) at Delaware Stadium…first meeting vs. North Carolina…0-2 vs. NCAA FBS opponents…22nd head coach in Delaware football history…native of Moorestown, N.J. and a veteran of 24 collegiate seasons as an assistant coach…came to Delaware after serving one season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under coach Kyle Flood at Rutgers where team posted a 9-4 record, won a share of the Big East title, and advanced to the Russell Athletic Bowl in 2012…also coached at Boston College, Kansas State, North Carolina, Temple, Hofstra, Salisbury State, and Western Connecticut State…played linebacker at Ferrum (Va.) College before earning degree from Salisbury (Md.) State University in 1994…he and wife, Karen, have five children – Henry, William, Richard, Kate, and Maggie.
NORTH CAROLINA HEAD COACH
LARRY FEDORA (Austin College ‘86)…23-18 (.561) at North Carolina (4th season) and 57-37 (.606) overall (8th season)…13-11 (.542) in Atlantic Coast Conference play at UNC…3-3 all-time in Bowl Games…has led Tar Heel teams to records of 8-4 in 2012, 7-6 in 2013 (won Belk Bowl), and 6-7 in 2014 (lost Quick Lane Bowl)…previously served as head coach at Southern Mississippi where he went 34-19 in four seasons in 2008-11, including a 12-2 record and Hawaii Bowl win in 2011 when team won the Conference USA title and was ranked No. 19/20 in the final polls…also served as FCS assistant coach at Baylor, Air Force, Middle Tennessee, Florida, and Oklahoma State…34th full-time head coach in UNC history.
DELAWARE-NORTH CAROLINA SERIES
• First meeting between the two schools in football
COACH BROCK RETURNS TO CAROLINA
Delaware head coach Dave Brock, now in his third season at the helm of the Blue Hens football program, has a strong tie to the University of North Carolina where he served as wide receivers coach in 2005 and assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator, and receivers coach in 2006 for then head coach John Bunting. Among the players Brock coached while at UNC was former All-Pro NFL wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
DELAWARE VS. NCAA FBS OPPONENTS
Delaware will move up a division this week as the Blue Hens, members of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), head south to take on North Carolina of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Delaware is 78-66-4 (.540) all-time vs. upper division NCAA opponents but will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak and down an upper division foe for the first time since a 59-52 win at Navy in 2007 when current Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco led the Blue Hen charge. Delaware head coach Dave Brock is 0-2 vs. FBS opponents, including a 51-7 loss at Navy in 2013 and a 62-0 setback in the season opener at Pittsburgh last year.
Photo: Mark Campbell