Tailgate Song Of 1986:
“West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys
This week in Blue Hens History 1986:
William & Mary 24 Delaware 18
The Hens fall to 4-2 on the season after a loss to the 4th ranked Indians. Just one year earlier, Delaware closed a William & Mary lead to 17-16 following a late touchdown, but Tubby decided to go for two to win the game…unsuccessfully. This was a pretty sloppy game for Delaware as the offense committed four turnovers, which included Tim Healy fumbling at the W&M 8 yard line with six minutes left, and Rich Gannon throwing an interception at the W&M 34 with three minutes left. A Bob Norris 80 yard punt return for a touchdown with one minute left and two point conversion made it respectable. William & Mary had no punts until the last play of the third quarter. Delaware may have lost this battle in ’86, but they won the war in ’86 as they destroyed William & Mary in the first round of the playoffs.
Tailgate Song Of 1991:
“Don’t Cry” by Guns N Roses
This week in Blue Hens History 1991:
Delaware 38 Villanova 28
An epic battle at Delaware Stadium which matched the undefeated, 4th rank Wildcats against the 5-1, 14th ranked Hens. Nova came into the game allowing just 5.8 points per game. Delaware dominated the first half, running out to a 25-0 lead at one point, and taking a 32-14 lead into halftime. A second half Villanova rally came up short. Billy Vergantino had four rushing touchdowns on the day which tied a Hens record. He ended up gaining 122 yards on 17 carries. The defense had 5 sacks and 3 interceptions, including one by Warren McIntyre which was returned 41 yards for a touchdown. Villanova ended up attempting 62 passes in the game.
Tailgate Song Of 1996:
“Cumbersome” by 7 Mary 3
This week in Blue Hens History 1996:
Delaware 24 Northeastern 14
Delaware improved to 6-1 on the year with a win over Northeastern in odd fashion. Delaware had just 120 total yards for the game (56 of that came on one Norm Coleman run), and Northeastern ran an amazing 98 plays. Despite all of the plays, the Delaware defense came up huge with 4 interceptions (2 by Dorrell Green, one which he returned 93 yards for a score, to go along with his sack and 9 tackles; this was also Green’s second straight two-interception game). Brian Smith added 17 tackles. The Hens held Northeastern scoreless 4 out of 6 times inside the Delaware 20. Courtney Batts became the first Delaware receiver to top 2000 receiving yards for a career.
Tailgate Song Of 2001:
“How You Remind Me” by Nickelback
This week in Blue Hens History 2001:
Hofstra 39 Delaware 14
Uhh. The Hens fall to an unthinkable 2-4 on the year to the 9th ranked Flying Dutchmen or Pride or whatever. Sam Postlethwait and Rob Violante were a combined 3 for 12 passing for 36 yards, and each had an interception. The bright spots for the Hens were Butch Patrick’s career high 123 yards rushing, Butter Pressey’s 97 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Chris Steiner’s 47 yard average on 3 punts.
Tailgate Song Of 2006:
“When You Were Young” by The Killers
This week in Blue Hens History 2006:
Delaware 10 Hofstra 6
Delaware gets revenge on Hofstra a year to the week after losing to Hofstra by the same score. All the scoring came in the first half, which included Robbie Agnone’s 7 yard touchdown catch from Joe Flacco. There could have been more scoring in the game, but a Delaware fumble at the Hofstra 1 yard line with 8:35 left and a Delaware defensive stop on 4th and 1 at the U of D 27 with 3:24 left prevented a change on the scoreboard. Flacco was 20 for 29 for 168 yards and a touchdown. Butch Patrick ran 8 times for 72 yards. Kervin Michaud rushed 15 times for 58 yards. The win evened the Hens record at 3-3 on the season.