2012 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team

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2012 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Delaware Football wordmark.png
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
2012 record 5–6 (2–6 CAA)
Head coach K. C. Keeler (11th year)
Offensive coordinator Jim Hofher (4th year)
Defensive coordinator Nick Rapone (7th year)
Home stadium Delaware Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Old Dominion ^   7 1         11 2  
#18 Richmond +   6 2         8 3  
#13 New Hampshire +^   6 2         8 4  
#15 Villanova +^   6 2         8 4  
#17 Towson +   6 2         7 4  
#19 James Madison   5 3         7 4  
Maine   4 4         5 6  
Delaware   2 6         5 6  
William & Mary   1 7         2 9  
Rhode Island   0 8         0 11  
Georgia State   0 0         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Georgia State's official conference record was 0-0, and it did not occupy a spot in the overall standings. Old Dominion was ineligible for the conference championship because of its announced departure for Conference USA in 2013; under CAA bylaws, a departing school is ineligible for conference championships.
As of January 7, 2013; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2012 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represented the University of Delaware in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 11th-year head coach K. C. Keeler and played their home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. They were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 5–6, 2–6 in CAA play to finish in eighth place.

Previous season[edit]

In 2011, Delaware came into the season ranked No. 5 in both The Sports Network Poll and The Coaches Poll.[1][2] After losing the season-opener to Navy of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and beating Division II team West Chester, the Blue Hens went 3−3 against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams over the next six games of the season. They finished the year with three straight conference wins and a final record of 7−4. With only six Division I wins, they were not invited to the FCS playoffs after the regular season. Delaware was ranked No. 17 in The Sports Network Poll and No. 20 in The Coaches Poll.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Delaware head coach K. C. Keeler was in his eleventh year as the Blue Hens' head coach for the 2012 season. During his previous ten years with Delaware, he led the Fightin' Blue Hens to an overall record of 81 wins and 46 losses (81–46) and the 2003 national championship.[3]

Delaware promoted Andy Marino from his role as a graduate assistant to tight ends and offensive tackles coach on July 26, 2012.[4] Marino took the place of David Boler, who left to become the wide receivers coach for Rhode Island.[5] Kirk Ciarrocca was rehired as running backs coach after being an assistant coach for Rutgers and Richmond for four seasons. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Delaware from 2002 to 2007.

Name Position Seasons at
Delaware
Alma Mater
K. C. Keeler Head coach 11 Delaware (1980)
Jim Hofher Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks 4 Cornell (1979)
Nick Rapone Defensive coordinator, Safeties 7 Virginia Tech (1979)
Brian Ginn Passing game coordinator, Receivers 13 Delaware (2000)
Gregg Perry Run game coordinator, Recruiting coordinator, Offensive line 30 Delaware (1977)
Kirk Ciarrocca Running backs 7 Temple (1990)
Phil Petitte Defensive line 7 Glassboro State (1971)
Brad Sherrod Linebackers 3 Duke (1994)
Henry Baker Cornerbacks, Special teams 2 Maryland (2003)
Andy Marino Tight ends, Offensive tackles 3 Lycoming (1982)
John Smith Head athletic trainer 12 Penn State (1988)

Transfers[edit]

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Trent Hurley transferred from Bowling Green and redshirt freshman guard Sam Collura transferred to Delaware from Pittsburgh.[6] Three former Maryland players transferred to Delaware: junior defensive tackle Zach Kerr, junior linebacker David Mackall, and redshirt sophomore defensive back Mario Rowson.[7] Redshirt sophomore defensive end Andrew Opoku from Connecticut transferred to Delaware.[7] Redshirt junior tight end Malcolm Bush transferred from Rutgers in August.[8]

Opening depth chart[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:30 PM West Chester* No. 15 Delaware StadiumNewark, DE W 41–21   18,823
September 8 3:30 PM Delaware State* No. 15 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (Route 1 Rivalry) NBCSN W 38–14   16,898
September 15 3:30 PM Bucknell* No. 13 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE W 19–3   18,118
September 22 7:00 PM at William & Mary No. 12 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA CSN W 51–21   10,601
September 29 12:00 PM at No. 20 New Hampshire No. 8 Cowell StadiumDurham, NH L 14–34   7,058
October 6 3:30 PM Maine No. 16 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE CSN L 3–26   21,506
October 20 3:30 PM Rhode Islanddagger No. 25 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE W 47–24   18,672
October 27 12:00 PM at No. 6 Old Dominion No. 20 Foreman FieldNorfolk, VA (Oyster Bowl) NBCSN L 26–31   20,068
November 3 12:00 PM No. 19 Towson No. 23 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE NBCSN L 27–34 OT  16,252
November 10 3:30 PM at No. 20 Richmond E. Claiborne Robins StadiumRichmond, VA L 17–23   8,700
November 17 3:30 PM No. 16 Villanova Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (Battle of the Blue) CSN L 10–41   19,523
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

West Chester[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
West Chester 0 7 7 7 21
#15 Delaware 14 10 0 17 41
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 7:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:57
  • Game attendance: 18,823
  • Game weather: Clear, warm
  • Referee: Henry Winberg
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[11]
46–6–2 2011 W 28–17

Delaware State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Delaware State 0 7 7 0 14
#15 Delaware 7 21 3 7 38
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:37 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 4:03
  • Game attendance: 16,898
  • Game weather: Thunderstorms (50 minute delay at halftime)
  • Referee: Henry Winberg
  • TV announcers (NBC Sports Network): Todd Harris (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (color), Carolyn Manno (sideline)
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[15]
3–0 2011 W 45–0

Bucknell[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bucknell 0 3 0 0 3
#13 Delaware 3 3 10 3 19
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:31
  • Game attendance: 18,118
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Charles Lamertina
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
22–11 1985 W 31–7

William & Mary[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Delaware 10 17 21 3 51
William & Mary 0 7 7 7 21
  • Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 4:24
  • Game attendance: 10,601
  • Game weather: Rain (80 minute delay for lightning)
  • Referee: J. Winter
  • TV announcers (CSNMA/CSNNE/TCN): Joe Beninati (play-by-play), Qadry Ismail (color), Brian Jackson (sideline)
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[20]
21–15 2011 W 21–0

New Hampshire[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Delaware 7 0 0 7 14
#20 New Hampshire 0 0 14 20 34
  • Location: Durham, New Hampshire
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:38
  • Game attendance: 7,058
  • Game weather: Overcast, damp
  • Referee: Bill Gosselin
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[22]
20–10 2010 W 16–3

Maine[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Maine 7 9 7 3 26
#16 Delaware 3 0 0 0 3
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:37 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:46
  • Game attendance: 21,506
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Jeff Gray
  • TV announcers (CSNMA/CSNNE/TCN): Scott Graham (play-by-play), Antonio Freeman (color), Rob Carlin (sideline)
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[25]
23–8 2011 L 17–31

Rhode Island[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rhode Island 7 0 3 14 24
#25 Delaware 12 14 7 14 47
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 18,672
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Bill Broadhurst
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[27]
19–8 2011 L 34–38

Old Dominion[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Delaware 7 10 3 6 26
#6 Old Dominion 7 14 7 3 31
  • Location: Norfolk, Virginia
  • Game start: 12:09 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 20,068
  • Game weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Tony Marcella
  • TV announcers (NBCSN): Todd Harris (play-by-play), Anthony Herron (color), Carolyn Manno (sideline)
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[30]
1–0 2011 W 27–17

Towson[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
#19 Towson 7 7 6 7 7 34
#23 Delaware 0 10 7 10 0 27
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:06 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:31
  • Game attendance: 16,252
  • Game weather: Overcast, cold
  • Referee: Paul Zukis
  • TV announcers (NBCSN): Ari Wolfe (play-by-play), Anthony Herron (color), Carolyn Manno (sideline)
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[33]
9–4 2011 W 35–30

Richmond[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Delaware 0 7 0 10 17
#20 Richmond 10 7 3 3 23
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • Game start: 3:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 8,700
  • Game weather: Clear, sunny
  • Referee: Jack Winter
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[35]
20–8 2011 W 24–10

Villanova[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Villanova 7 7 3 24 41
Delaware 7 3 0 0 10
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:37 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 19,523
  • Game weather: Clear, cool
  • Referee: Henry Wimberg
  • TV announcers (TCN): Scott Graham (play-by-play), Kevin Reilly (color)
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[38]
21–23–1 2011 W 26–16

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
Sports Network 15 15 13 12 8 16 24 25 20 23 RV RV RV NR NR NR 
Coaches 14 15 14 12 8 15 22 22 16 20 RV RV NR NR NR NR


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