Delaware Blue Hens to host Saint Francis in FCS playoffs

Blue Hens earned at large berth into field
The Delaware Blue Hens gather in front of the University of Delaware Marching Band to celebrate the Hens' 35-9 win against Delaware State at Delaware Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.
The Delaware Blue Hens gather in front of the University of Delaware Marching Band to celebrate the Hens' 35-9 win against Delaware State at Delaware Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. Photo credit William Bretzger/Delaware News Journal/USA Today Network

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The University of Delaware football team is preparing for the FCS Playoffs. The Blue Hens will host Saint Francis of Pennsylvania in the first round on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Blue Hens went 7-4 in the regular season, 4-4 in the rugged Colonial Athletic Association, but they struggled down the stretch, losing three of their last four, including a loss to rival Villanova in their regular season finale. But their overall strong resume earned Delaware an at-large berth into the field.

“You know I’m thankful that they gave us a chance because I do think we are one of the best 20 teams in the country — I believe that. But I was still a little shocked that they chose us and so hopefully we can run with an opportunity that was given to ust,” said first-year head coach Ryan Carty.

“Our defense is one of the best in the country. There’s three, four, five guys on that defense that are all-conference selections, all-american possibilities. I think that’s probably the backbone of us. Then on the other side of the ball, it’s our quarterback. Nolan Henderson has played a ton of football, talented as heck. Great kid, great leader.”

The Blue Hens will face a Saint Francis squad that is 9-2 — Red Flash champions of the Northeast Conference Championship.

Featured Image Photo Credit: William Bretzger/Delaware News Journal/USA Today Network