1979 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team
|1979 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football|
NCAA Division II National Champions
|Head coach||Tubby Raymond (14th year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Ted Kempski (12th year)|
|Home stadium||Delaware Stadium|
The 1979 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represented the University of Delaware in the 1979 NCAA Division II football season. They were led by 14th year head coach Tubby Raymond and played their home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware.
The Fightin' Blue Hens had a record of 13–1 and became the NCAA Division II National Champions following a 38–21 win over Youngstown State in the Zia Bowl on December 8. The team was named the Lambert Cup Eastern Champions for being the best Division II college football team in the East, and the team also earned Eastern College Athletic Conference Team of the Year honors. Delaware led Division II football in attendance, with 19,644 attendees per regular season home game.
|September 8||at Rhode Island||Meade Stadium • Kingston, RI||W 34–14||7,141|
|September 15||West Chester||Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE||W 42–6||18,975|
|September 22||Temple||Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE||L 14–31||22,068|
|September 29||Merchant Marine||Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE||W 65–0||17,081|
|October 6||Lehigh||Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE||W 21–14||20,636|
|October 13||at Villanova||Villanova Stadium • Villanova, PA||W 21–20||14,500|
|October 20||C.W. Post||Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE||W 47–19||20,343|
|October 27||William & Mary||Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE||W 40–0||19,728|
|November 3||Maine||Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE||W 31–14||18,679|
|November 10||at Youngstown State||Youngstown, OH||W 51–45||13,442|
|November 17||at Colgate||Hamilton, NY||W 24–16||5,000|
|November 24||Virginia Union||Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (NCAA Quarterfinals)||W 58–28||14,357|
|December 1||Mississippi College||Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (NCAA Semifinals)||W 60–10||13,787|
|December 8||vs. Youngstown State||University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM (Division II Championship, Zia Bowl)||W 38–21||4,000|
|All times are in Eastern Time.|
After the season, senior quarterback Scott Brunner earned American Football Coaches Association first-team All-America honors, Associated Press (AP) second-team All-America honors, All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Year honors, and first-team All-ECAC honors. Guard Herb Beck earned AP first-team All-America honors. Fullback Bo Dennis, tight end Jaime Young, center Mike Donnalley, linebacker Mike Wisniewski, cornerback Vince Hyland, and safety Guy Ramsey earned AP honorable mention All-America honors. Dennis, Young, Beck, Donnalley, Wisniewski, Hyland, Ramsey, and kicker Brandt Kennedy earned first-team All-East (ECAC) honors.