The University of Delaware Blue Hens easily handled Bucknell on Saturday at Delaware Stadium with a 19-3 victory, but tougher tests are on the horizon as the team hits the road over the next two weeks.
Delaware’s record improved to 3-0 after an impressive effort from the defense held Bucknell to just one field goal and a total of 267 yards of offense. The Hens offense wasn’t exactly exciting, scoring just one touchdown on an 11 yard run by quarterback Trent Hurley. Hurley completed 14 of 21 passes for 161 yards.
Head Coach K.C. Keeler says the offense didn’t take advantage of opportunities, especially early in the game. “The reality was that Bucknell’s offense kept our offense off the field for most of that first half.” By the second half, Keeler says the team was dominate, but shouldn’t be satisfied with field goals instead of touchdowns. “We need to play with more 7’s than 3’s , unfortunately that happened in this past game.”
The Hens open the CAA portion of their schedule next week against William and Mary on Saturday at 7 p.m. Keeler says now is the time the team needs to step it up a level, even though W&M is 0-3. “They could be 3-0 very easily, but the difficulty of their schedule and a bad break here and a bad break there, they’re sitting at 0-3. I’ve watched them on film and they’re not an 0-3 football team.”
LT Erle Ladson knows what to expect next week in Virginia. “William and Mary every year is a fight. And it’s a good fight,” said the junior.
The following week, September 29, Delaware heads to New Hampshire before returning home on October 6 to host Maine.