Club News

The club announced its MVP players of the week from the William and Mary game.  These players will be recognized at our meeting on 10/8/2015.


Offense – Ben Curtis #69 (OL)

Defense – Bilal Nichols #92 (DL)

Special Teams – Ryan Torzsa #24 (DB)


Offense - Eric Patton #42 (RB)

Defense - Lloyd Badson #93 (DL


If you have a photo or something you want to share with the club, email it to landddenny@comcast.net to have it posted on the website or BHTDC1001@gmail.com for Face Book. 




                                   A note from our historian Harold Heitmann

                                  on our upcoming game with Rhode Island

Delaware travels to Rhode Island on October 10th to play rival Rhode Island Rams.  This will be the 31st meeting between the two schools with the Hens having a 22-8 lead in the series. 

Jim Fleming was named the 20th head coach of the Rams on 12-12-2013.  His first season in the 2014 was difficult as his team won just one game while losing eleven.  However, he has been a coach for 24 seasons.  He came to R.I. from Central Florida where he was the defensive coach.  His reputation became well recognized when he became head coach of Sacred Heart.  In two years there he compiled a 21-1 record and was twice name the Northeast coach of the year. 

2015 is the 116th year of Rhode Island football.  They joined the Yankee Conference in 1947 but have become the New England school with the worst record.  Entering this season their record is 388 wins verses 575 losses.

Legendary football coach Hal Kopp took over the program in 1950.  His teams developed a short lived winning tradition.  Kopp became the only winning coach in R.I.  gridiron history compiling a 28-11 five year record.  The Rams became nationally ranked, won two Yankee Conference championships and played in the 1955 Refrigerator Bowl where they lost their only game of the season to Jacksonville State 12-10.  Kopp then left for Utah where he developed a winning program at Brigham Young University. 

Prior to the Kopp era, Frank Kearney was hired as the football coach in 1920 as well as coach of two other varsity sports.  He became the 2nd winningest coach in R.I. history with 70 wins against 87 losses and two ties between 1920 - 1940.  During his stay, the team mascot, a Ram, was selected in 1923.  Being a chemist, he invented the Kearney Blue Color that made the school colors blue and white. 

Bob Griffin became the Rhode Island coach with the most wins.  He lead the Rams from 1976-1990 to 79 wins verses 107 losses.  His teams won three Yankee Conferences and three NCAA playoffs.  The 1983 squad defeated Maine 58-55 which was then the longest game in league history.  Griffin's best team was in 1984 that posted ten wins, the most seasonal victories in Ram history.  Quarterback, Tom Ehrharht was 6th in the nation as a passer averaging 306.5 yards per game.

Although Delaware has a commanding 22-8 lead in the series, Rhode Island has pulled several big upsets.  1983 resulted in a Ram 19-9 upset.  In 1987 the Ram's only win of the season was a 26-13 shocker over Delaware.  They kept that surprise going with a 23-17 victory in 1988.  Consecutive wins against the Hens were made in 2001 and 2002.

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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Thank you!


Blue Hen Touchdown Club

PO Box 4645

Newark, DE 19715





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