Under Preview: Delaware vs. Rhode Island
Published: Monday, October 15, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012 18:10
About the teams:
About Delaware: The Hens have a record of 4-2, with a 1-2 CAA mark. They have lost their last two games and have been outscored, 60-10, in the last six quarters. Sophomore quarterback Trent Hurley has been banged up for the past two games, and junior running back Andrew Pierce missed most of the Hens’ last game. The Hens are ranked No. 22 in the country in the Coaches Poll.
About Rhode Island: The Rams, picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll, are 0-6. They have lost all of their games by double-digits and rank last in the conference in scoring offense and scoring defense. Junior quarterback Bob Bentsen is ninth in the CAA in total offense.
Why the Hens can win:
Delaware has been much better than the Rams this season, as evidenced by the stark difference in the two teams’ records. Rhode Island is last in the conference in both yards per play gained and yards per play allowed. In addition, Hurley and Pierce should both be able to play. Count on Keeler having the team fired up after two embarrassing
Why the Hens could lose:
Rhode Island may have struggled this season, but they’re still playing for pride. The Rams, who beat Delaware, 38-34, last year, will be motivated to upset the Hens in the Homecoming game. If Pierce or Hurley struggle because of their injuries, the Hens’ offense will suffer.
221.0: The average number of yards the Rams have gained per game, last in the CAA.
45: The total number of points the Hens have scored after six games.
166: The number of points the Hens have scored after six games.
Delaware should come out pumped up and ready. Even if Pierce and Hurley aren’t at 100 percent, the Hens should be able to overcome the Rams and move to 5-2.
Rhode Island: 7