Club News

Delaware announces it tentative schedule of 2015

Sept.   5   Jacksonville             Oct.  3  William & Mary          Oct. 31  at Towson

Sept. 12   Lafayette                 Oct 10  at Rhode Island         Nov.   7  Albany

Sept. 19   at Villanova              Oct. 17  Bye Week                Nov. 14  James Madison

Sept. 26   at North Carolina      Oct. 24  New Hampshire        Nov. 21  at Elon


Our next game of the 2014 season will be on Saturday, November 22, against Villanova.  Our next meeting will be November 21, 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 Rhode Island game are the following players:

OFFENSE-- Wes Hills (Soph., RB, Wildwood, N.J./Wildwood HS(

Earns the award for the second time in three weeks after also being honored vs. Rhode Island on Nov. 1...carried 13 times for a game-high 115 yards vs. New Hampshire Saturday and also caught two passes for 19 yards...scored both Delaware touchdowns on a season-long 47-yard scamper in the second quarter and on a two-yard burst in the third stanza...criminal justice major at Delaware. 

DEFENSE--  Jake Giusti (Sr., FS, Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher HS)

Earns the award for the second straight week and for the fourth time in his career...recorded five solo tackles in the loss to New Hampshire...leadership major at Delaware. 

SPECIAL TEAMS-- We will recognize two special team players this week. 

Justin Watson (Fr.r, CB, Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) and Kevin McLaughlin (Soph., K, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS)

Share the award after pulling off a perfect on-side kick in the second quarter vs. New Hampshire with the Hens trailing 14-7...Watson also earned the BHTD Defensive MVP vs. Towson earlier this year while McLaughlin earns the award for the first time...Watson also had four tackles in the game...McLaughlin also had two kickoffs, including one touchback.


These players will be recognized at our meeting on November 21, as noted above.


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                                   A note from our historian Harold Heitmann

                                    on our upcoming game with Villanova

Our Blue Hens play their last regular season  game of 2014 hosting Villanova on Movember 22nd.  This will be the 48th meeting between the two schools.  Villanova is the only regularly scheduled opponent who holds a series lead with 25 wins, 21 losses and one tie.  The Wildcats won nine of the first ten games.  The Blue Hens then reeled off 18 wins versus 11 losses and one tie to lead the series but Villanove has now won seven of the last eight.  Over the years, fans never knew what was coming.  Numerous games were won late in the game by a team that trailed by a seemingly unreachable margin.   

Villanova played its first football in 1894 and has a good football history.  In 1937, they played Auburn in the first and only Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba.  The result was a 7-7 tie.  They lost to the Kentucky Wildcats 24-14 in the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl.  This was followed by a 27-7 win over Nevada in the 1948 Harbor Bowl and a 17-9 win over Witchita in the 1961 Sun Bowl.  The Cats last bowl appearance was in the Sun Bowl in 1962.  They lost 6-0 to Oregon St. 

On April 14, 1981, Villanova's board of trustees elected to drop the football program citing economic reasons.  This decision was reversed on 12-13-1983, with the football program to begin in 1985. 

The task of rebuilding Villanova football was placed in the hands of Andy Tally.  He is still leading the Cats in the 2014 season which is his 30th.  Under his leadership, the Cats have appeared in 8 NCAA playoffs and won the nCA National Championship in 2009. 

This year Villanova has won eight out of their first ten games.  They have been ranked in the top ten FCS polls.


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

Tom Crescenzo crescenzot@gmail.com

or David Denny landddenny@comcast.net





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Here is how you can become part of the tradition.



$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       



(unlimited number)

$375-$749 per year

Benefits include:


  • 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


We hope you will join us in our mission as we reach toward making a greater contribution to the University of Delaware Football Program.



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PO Box 4645

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