Delaware heads to Towson for Saturday game

Delaware freshman wide receiver Jourdan Townsend.
Photo credit Courtesy of University of Delaware Athletics
By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Delaware will be on the road Saturday as the Blue Hens visit #22 Towson in Colonial Athletic Association action. 

Delaware (4-4, 2-2 CAA) is coming off a 35-25 home loss to Richmond. The Blue Hens trailed by 14 points after a quarter and 18 points at the half. They got within three in the third quarter, but couldn't get over the hump.

"We dug a deep hole," Delaware head coach Danny Rocco told KYW Newsradio. "It was a little too deep to get out of. I think the biggest takeaway was that the four biggest plays in the game all belonged to (Richmond)."

Two of those big plays for Richmond were kickoff returns for touchdowns by Aaron Dykes. One was 100 yards and the other 88 yards.

Redshirt senior Pat Kehoe started for the second straight game at quarterback and threw for 164 yards and a score against the Spiders. Redshirt sophomore Nolan Henderson, who had been in concussion protocol, was available but didn't play. 

Rocco talked about the quarterback situation for this week.

"I think it's fair to say you'll see both quarterbacks in this game," he said. "But I think Nolan's move from being available to being ready, I think a lot of times in the sports world you kind of hear those terms, but he was available last week, I don't know how ready he really was to perform at a high level. So I think this week's he's certainly moving from being available to being ready."

Towson is 4-4 (1-3 CAA) and coming off a 27-10 loss at James Madison. The Tigers are led by senior quarterback Tom Flacco (younger brother of Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco), and he's thrown for 1,849 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 297 yards and two additional scores.

"Flacco is a very impressive, competitive quarterback," Rocco said. "He makes plays with his legs, he makes plays with his arm, he improvises a lot of things. It's one of those things, you've just got to be ready to expect the unexpected. Plays break down and he'll make a huge play, plays will break down and he'll make a run, plays will break down and we've got to be in position to make a play on our end."

Last season, Delaware beat Towson in a wild one in Newark, 40-36. The Blue Hens rallied from a 15-point second half deficit, scoring the winning touchdown with just thirty seconds left in the game.

Saturday's game in Towson kicks off at 2:00 p.m.

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