Delaware Blue Hens hosts Cornell Big Red Saturday in Newark

Matt Leon
September 12, 2018 - 3:50 pm
Redshirt senior wide receiver Joe Walker has six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown so far this season for Delaware.

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NEWARK, Del. (KYW Newsradio) — The Delaware Blue Hens will wrap up a run of three straight home games to start the season on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Cornell Big Red to town.

Delaware is 1-1 after hammering Lafayette this past weekend 37-0 in Newark. It was an impressive bounce back from a disappointing season opening loss to Rhode Island.

"I was pleased with our preparation and then I was pleased with our effort, our energy, and then ultimately our execution was much better," head coach Danny Rocco said. "I thought we really, really played hard. I thought we really, really played a physical football game."

Quarterback Pat Kehoe threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns in the win, and the Delaware defense also put on a show, never letting the Leopards get anything going.

"When you get a shutout, that's hard to do," Rocco said. "We held them to 118 total yards, we held them to [-18] yards rushing in the game. Really a dominant performance by our defense."

Saturday will be the season opener for Cornell. On one hand, the Blue Hens will have the advantage of two games under their belts, but on the other hand, the Big Red have a bit of an edge simply because of the air of mystery that surrounds a team yet to start its season.

"Fortunately for us, we did play last year" — Delaware won 41-14 — "so we do have a little bit of an understanding as to who they are and what the match-ups look like," Rocco added. "But we really don't know how they're going to use their personnel because every year obviously the roster changes. 

"But I do think our ability to start fast, be physical, come out very intense, make the speed of the game a little much for them early as they're trying to get into their first game here could be and should be an advantage for us."

Cornell went 3-7 in 2017.

Saturday's game in Newark will start at 3:30 p.m.

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