Tailgate Song Of 1986:
“Why Can’t This Be Love” by Van Halen
This week in Blue Hens History 1986:
Delaware 27 Navy 14
The 12th ranked Hens improved to 8-2 on the year, winning their 4th straight game, and second in a row against Navy. Delaware won in easy fashion, taking a 24-0 lead into the 3rd quarter and coasting from there. The Hens defense registered 3 interceptions on the day. Rich Gannon sets a school record with 5,312 passing yards for his career.
Tailgate Song Of 1991:
“Alive” by Pearl Jam
This week in Blue Hens History 1991:
Delaware 23 Richmond 17
6th ranked Delaware closed the season with a 10-1 record and a share of the Yankee Conference title with Villanova with a win at home over the Spiders. The Hens led by 16, but Richmond scored 10 points in an 88 second span capped by a blocked punt for a touchdown, and also began another possession with 3:30 left in the game, but a Warren McIntyre interception thwarted the Richmond comeback. Darryl Brown carried 30 times for 125 yards and 2 TD’s (the 30 carries were the most by a Delaware RB since Dan Reeder in 1983). Steve Leo hit a record 53 yard field goal just before halftime. 61 of Delaware’s 79 plays were runs. The win put the Hens in the playoffs for the first time since 1988. Unfortunately, they were matched against JMU in the first round, who threw everything they had in their arsenal, including onside kicks and fumblerooskies at the Hens in the Dukes double-overtime win two weeks later.
Tailgate Song Of 1996:
“So Much Too Say” by Dave Matthews Band
This week in Blue Hens History 1996:
Delaware 43 Rhode Island 27
Delaware ends a 2 game losing streak, finishes the regular season 8-3, and sneaks into the playoffs with a win at home against the Rams. The Hens took a commanding 36-7 lead late into the 3rd quarter, and the team gave up some garbage points later to make it more respectable. Leo Hamlett was 16-34 for a career high 301 yards passing. Courtney Batts caught 5 passes for 150 yards. Little used TE Chuck Blessing scored 2 touchdowns on the day. Kenny Bailey had 13 tackles and an interception. Dorrell Green added his 7th interception on the year, and set a U of D record with 506 interception return yards. DE Sean Lenz returned an onside kick for a TD, becoming the 6th Delaware defensive player to score this season. The season ended with a first round loss to Marshall two weeks later.
Tailgate Song Of 2001:
“Wasting My Time” by Default
This week in Blue Hens History 2001:
Delaware 10 Richmond 6
Tubby Raymond becomes the 9th coach in NCAA history to record 300 wins in a coaching career, the highlight of a dismal 4-6 season. The lone touchdown in the game was a Butter Pressey 7 yard TD run one minute before the half. The play was set up by a Richmond 17 yard punt that bounced backwards and was downed by the punter. The punter also had another punt of 17 yards on the day, as well as a 6 yard punt. Delaware’s punter, Chris Steiner, had a huge 41 yard punt into the wind which backed Richmond inside their own 20 late in the game, preserving the win. The Hens gain less than 200 yards of offense for the 4th time this season (ironically the Hens actually won 3 of these games). This only happened 9 other times in Tubby’s coaching career at Delaware. Trivia time: Can you name the Hens starting quarterback for Tubby’s 300th win? The answer can be found in the 2006 section.
Tailgate Song Of 2006:
“Original Fire” by Audioslave
This week in Blue Hens History 2006:
Delaware 28 William & Mary 14
Delaware evened their record at 5-5 on the year following two weeks in which they gave up a total of 93 points and 1100 yards on defense. The Tribe scored first before Delaware ran off 21 straight points. Joe Flacco was 28-39 for 292 yards, 2TD’s and 2 INT’s, to go along with one rushing touchdown which occurred with 3:19 left to put the Hens up two scores. Omar Cuff returned after missing 4 of his last 5 games and rushed for 93 yards on 17 carries and one TD. Aaron Love caught 8 passes for 106 yards. Fred Andrew, Kyle Campbell, and Erik Johnson all recorded interceptions. The Hens lost the following week to Villanova after blowing a 20-0 early lead. The answer to the QB question above…Mike Connor. Oh yeah, him.