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Our next game of the 2014 season will be on Saturday, October 18, at home against Towson.  Our next meeting will be October 17, at the Bob Carpenter Center on the second floor.  The doors will open at 11:15.  We look forward to seeing everyone there. 


The outstanding players for the Elon game are the following players:

OFFENSE-- Trent Hurley (Sr., QB, Connellsville, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic HS)

Engineered Delaware’s 34-24 victory over Elon...led offense that piled up 359 yards and did not commit a turnover...completed 16 of 28 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown and ran for 29 yards and another score...hit TE Nick Boyle on a first quarter touchdown to open the scoring and bulled his way into the end zone from six yards out to give UD some breathing room at 34-17 with10:56 left to play....wins award for the fourth time in his career and second time this season (Colgate)

DEFENSE-- Derrick Saulsberry (Sr., DE, St. Mary’s, Ga./Camden County HS)

Led Delaware’s defensive effort that held Elon to 367 total yards, including just 76 yards on the ground...ranked No. 2 on the team with six tackles, including four solo stops...recorded two sacks for 17 yards...as a team, Delaware had five sacks and and seven tackles for loss...earns the award for the third time in his career and the second time this season (James Madison). 

SPECIAL TEAMS-- Eric Enderson (So., P, Hampton, Va./Phoebus HS)

Enjoyed another outstanding effort punting the ball and putting opponents in poor field position...punted six times for 266 yards and a 44.3 yard average....had six of his punts land inside the Elon 20-yard line...had a game-long 47-yard punt...ranks No. 4 in the NCAA in punting with a 44.7-yard average....earns the award for the fourth time in his career but the first time this season. 

These players will be recognized at our meeting on October 17th, as noted above.


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                                   A note from our historian Harold Heitmann

                                    on our upcoming game with Towson

The Blue Hens host the Towson Tigers on homecoming day, October 18th.  This will be the sixteenth meeting between the two schools with Delaware winning ten of the fifteen played.  The past three contests were real Donny Brooks.  In 2013, Trevor Sasek was brilliant in passing for two TDS in the final 48 seconds as well as a two point conversion pass to Rob Jones to nip the favorite Tigers 32-31.  Towson went on to the NCAA Championship game where they lost to powerful North Dakota State. 

Towson started playing football in 1969 and have won 241 games verses 221 losses with 4 ties.  They reached the 1AA playoffs in 2011 and 2013.  Division II playoffs in 1983, 1984 and 1986.  In 1976 they reached the Division III Championship game. 

Towson has belonged to several conferences over the years.  They started in the Mason Dixon Conference, Division III from 1979-1986.  They moved up to Division II and played in the Independent  League from 1979-1986.  From 1987-1996 they remained in the Independent League as a 1AA team.  From 1997 to 2003 they were members of the Patriot League and from 2004 to 2006 they were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.  They are currently members of the CAA and are a conference opponent for Delaware.

National awards were received by punter Sean Landeta who was inducted in the Division II Hall of Fame.  He played three seasons in the US Football League, then became an outstanding kicker in the NFL for 21 years. 

Terrence West led the Tigers in 2012 and 2013 to outstanding seasons with his rushing abilities.  He was drafted in the NFL. 

The CAA has been the leading FCS Conference over the past fifteen years with National Championships won by Delaware, U. Mass, Richmond, James Madison and Villanova. Besides the above, regular playoff appearances have been made by William & Mary, New Hampshire and Maine.  A good reason for the leagues success has been the coaching longevity. 

Jimmy Laycock of William & Mary became its head coach in 1984.  His teams have won 226 games while losing 169. 

Bill Bowes of New Hampshire took over the coaching reins in 1980.  From his first year until he retired in 1989, his teams won 175 games verses 106 losses.  Assistant coach and former UNH star player Sean McDonnel took over.  His record through 2013 was 117 wins verses 72 losses. New Hampshire won nine league titles under both coaches and is normally a playoff contender.  

Andy Talley of Villanova became its coach in 1985 and continues to field strong teams with 207 wins verses 106 losses.  The Wildcats have won five league titles and the 2009 National championship during his tenure. 

Former Maine star Jack Cosgrove became it coach in 1997.  His Bear teams have won 122 games while losing 121.  They have won two leadue titles while being regular playoff contenders.

James Madison started playing football in 1972.  During their short history, they only have had five coaches through 2013.  Mickey Matthews had the longest tenure from 1999 - 2013.  His teams won 109 games while losing 71.  Four league titles and the 2004 National Championship were obtained during his head coaching years.

Delaware's football winning tradition started when Bill Murray became coach in 1940.  Through 1950 his teams won 49 games against 16 losses.  The 1946 team was ranked in the top 20 in the country. 

Dave Nelson and his Wing-T followed with 84 wins verses 41 losses and three league titles.  Tubby Raymond took over in 1966 gaining 300 wins, 2 National Championships and 13 Conference titles.  K. C. Keeler coached from 2002 to 2012 and had 86 wins and 52 losses.  His teams won 3 league title and 1 National title. 

Since 1940, the Blue Hens have won 19 Conference title, 6 National titles and 20 NCAA tournament appearances. 

2014 again appears to have the CAA will represented.  Villanova and New Hampshire are the current leaders. 

Go Hens



The Blue Hen Touchdown (BHTD) Club is seeking companies and/or individuals to become our partners/sponsors. The BHTD Club  has been in existence  for over 50 years, and currently has over 200 members that  are dedicated to fulfilling a mission of  promoting and supporting the University of Delaware Football Program.   We do this by honoring the outstanding offensive, defensive and special teams player of the week (as selected by the coaches) with awards at luncheons attended by players, their families and members of the coaching staff. Annually the Club hosts a banquet to honor the graduating Senior players, at which special awards are given for various categories. All Senior players are recognized with an award for their contribution to the Team during their career. Funding for these activities, such as awards, luncheons and dinners for football players, coaches and other guests comes from the membership dues and contributions. The Blue Hen Touchdown Club has also been able to make other contributions, and while the players, coaches and the University value the Clubs efforts we want to make a greater impact on the Program by funding a football scholarship. Your partnership/sponsorship with help defray current expenses mentioned above and will enable us to progress toward this goal.


For Sponsorship information contact


Cathy Matthews Matthews@udel.edu

 Bruce Finnicum BFinnicum@AdvancedOfficeEnv.com

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$750 or more per year


Benefits include:


  • Your Company/Individual name listed on a banner with other Gold Partners to be displayed at luncheons and the banquet
  • You  will be a featured guest  at  a  luncheon with time to talk  about your Company
  • You will be featured on the BHTD Club Facebook Page the week of your assigned luncheon
  • You will receive 4 complimentary BHTD Club lunch tickets
  • You will be listed on our web site as a Gold Partner
  • You will receive a full page ad in the Banquet program
  • You will be given 2  tickets to the Annual Senior Banquet       



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$375-$749 per year

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  • Your name listed on our web page
  • You will receive a half page ad in the banquet program
  • You will receive 2 complimentary lunches
  • Your name will be listed on a sponsor sheet as a handout at luncheons


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