1979 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team

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1979 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
NCAA Division II National Champions
Zia Bowl vs. Youngstown State, W 38–21
Conference Independent
1979 record 13–1
Head coach Tubby Raymond (14th season)
Offensive coordinator Ted Kempski (12th season)
Home stadium Delaware Stadium
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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,[1] 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.[2]


Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 8 at Rhode Island Meade StadiumKingston, RI W 34–14   7,141
September 15 West Chester Delaware StadiumNewark, 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 StadiumVillanova, 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 StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (Division II Championship, Zia Bowl) W 38–21   4,000
All times are in Eastern Time.

Post-season honors[edit]

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.[3]


  1. ^ "Delaware Voted Lambert Cup". Youngstown Vindicator. November 21, 1979. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Attendance King Again". Youngstown Vindicator. December 20, 1979. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Honors". University of Delaware Athletics. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-06-29.