North Dakota State concludes its non-conference portion of the 2018 schedule with another first-timer at the Fargodome, the University of Delaware. The Fightin’ Blue Hens are a nationally known FCS team and not that long ago, they were considered one of the blue bloods of this division. It’s stunning that the team has not made the playoffs since 2010, the most wins they’ve had in a season since then is seven. K.C. Keeler led the Blue Hens to prominence, winning the national championship in 2003, then had title game appearances in 2007 and 2010, losing to Eastern Washington in the first title game in Frisco.
Delaware also has something that NDSU has, a first round NFL quarterback. Joe Flacco led Delaware in 2007 to that national title game appearance, which included two playoff wins over Valley teams, Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois, both on the road. Chris Klieman was the defensive coordinator at UNI when they faced Flacco, he told me a couple of years ago, “was impossible to game plan against.” This is the start of a home and home series with the Blue Hens, NDSU will travel east next September 14th.
Delaware Blue Hens
- Colonial Athletic Association, 7-4 record in 2017
- UD moved up from Division 2 in 1980
- Blue Hens won national championship in 2003, seven appearances in semis or title game
- First ever meeting between the schools
- NDSU will travel to Delaware, September 14th, 2019