2003 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team

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2003 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
NCAA I-AA national champion
A-10 co-champion
Lambert Cup winner
ECAC Team of the Year
Conference Atlantic 10
Ranking
Sports Network No. 1
FCS Coaches No. 1
2003 record 15–1 (8–1 A-10)
Head coach K. C. Keeler (2nd year)
Home stadium Delaware Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Delaware $^   8 1         15 1  
#11 UMass $^   8 1         10 3  
#20 Northeastern   6 3         8 4  
#25 Villanova   5 4         7 4  
Maine   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   4 4         5 5  
James Madison   4 5         6 6  
New Hampshire   3 6         5 7  
Rhode Island   3 6         4 8  
Hofstra   2 6         2 10  
Richmond   1 8         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

The 2003 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represented the University of Delaware in the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA football season. They played their home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. They were champions of the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) and advanced to the National Championship Game, where they shut out Colgate, 40–0. They finished with a record of 15–1, 8–1 in A-10 play.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 7:00 PM The Citadel* No. 14 Delaware StadiumNewark, DE W 41–7   20,612
September 13 7:00 PM Richmond No. 11 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE CN8 W 44–14   21,388
September 20 7:00 PM West Chester* No. 8 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE W 49–7   21,002
September 27 12:30 PM at Hofstra No. 7 James M. Shuart StadiumHempstead, NY CSTV W 24–14   3,228
October 4 7:00 PM William & Mary No. 4 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE W 41–27   20,485
October 11 12:00 PM at New Hampshire No. 4 Cowell StadiumDurham, NH CSN W 22–21   4,815
October 18 12:00 PM Rhode Islanddagger No. 4 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE W 55–10   20,795
October 25 1:30 PM at Navy* No. 3 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD HDNet W 21–17   34,982
November 1 1:00 PM Maine No. 2 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE W 24–21 OT  22,057
November 8 12:30 PM at Northeastern No. 2 Parsons FieldBrookline, MA L 14–24   4,198
November 15 12:20 PM No. 3 UMass No. 6 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE TFN W 51–45 3OT  21,804
November 22 4:00 PM at No. 18 Villanova No. 3 Villanova StadiumVillanova, PA CN8 W 20–17   12,253
November 29 1:00 PM No. 4 Southern Illinois* No. 3 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (NCAA I-AA First Round) CSTV W 48–7   14,572
December 10 12:00 PM No. 7 Northern Iowa* No. 3 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (NCAA I-AA Quarterfinals) ESPN+ W 37–7   11,881
December 13 1:00 PM No. 2 Wofford* No. 3 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (NCAA I-AA Semifinals) ESPN2 W 24–9   14,351
December 19 7:00 PM vs. No. 6 Colgate* No. 3 Finley StadiumChattanooga, TN (NCAA I-AA Championship) ESPN2 W 40–0   14,281
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2003 University of Delaware Football Final Results". University of Delaware Department of Athletics. Retrieved February 15, 2012.