Delaware ready for big challenge vs. Elon

A key Colonial Athletic Association game is on tap for the University of Delaware on Saturday when the Blue Hens host No. 5 Elon.

Matt Leon
October 11, 2018 - 4:21 pm
Delaware Blue Hens Football

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A key Colonial Athletic Association game is on tap for the University of Delaware on Saturday when the Blue Hens host No. 5 Elon.

Delaware improved to 3-2 (1-1 CAA) this past Saturday as they went down to Richmond and beat the Spiders, 43-28. The Blue Hens actually led 43-10 in the third quarter before the Spiders tightened things up a bit with some late scores.

"Really all three phases came out in sync on the road, which is really a hard thing to do in conference play on the road," Delaware head coach Danny Rocco said.

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Delaware really stretched the field against the Spiders. Quarterback Pat Kehoe had 291 yards passing on just 11 completions. The Blue Hens had five pass plays of 33 yards or more in the win.

"Richmond pretty much went into the game saying we're not going to let Delaware run the ball," Rocco said. "They really overloaded the box, they attacked the line of scrimmage and they put a lot of stress on their safeties, and their corners, and their secondary. We did a nice job protecting Pat, Pat did a good job of sitting in the pocket, and he put the ball in good spots. And our receivers made some really good catches."

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Elon is 4-1 (2-0 CAA) and coming off a huge road win over then No. 2 James Madison, 27-24. The Phoenix average 29.4 points per game, thanks, in large part, to an outstanding running game, which churns up nearly 220 yards a game. The focus of that running game is senior back Malcolm Summers who has rushed for 591 yards and three touchdowns this season through five games, while averaging 6.1 yards a carry.

"He's a big strong back that has really good vision and really good quickness," Rocco said. "He's probably quicker than fast, but this is a guy that can break tackles, and get out into the open field, and into the perimeter. So in the moment, he's certainly the best back in this league this year, the most productive back in this league this year."

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Saturday's game will get underway at 3:30 p.m.
 
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