DURHAM, N.H. – The 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team heads to Newark, Del., to take on the fifth-ranked University of Delaware in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship this Friday night, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 HD and ESPN3.com.
The Wildcats (8-4) advanced to the quarterfinals for the sixth time in seven seasons by virtue of a 45-20 defeat of MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Blue Hens (10-2) overpowered Lehigh, the Patriot League champion, 42-20 in their second-round game Dec. 4 at Delaware Stadium.
UNH and Delaware, the No. 3 seed, both compete in the Colonial Athletic Association, but the two squads did not square off during the regular season. In fact, the teams haven't met on the gridiron since the Wildcats' 35-30 victory over the Hens on Oct. 6, 2007. New Hampshire has won the last three games in the series, while Delaware leads the all-time series 19-10, dating back to 1953. Since Sean McDonnell became head coach in 1999, UNH is 4-4 versus Delaware.