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Defensive lineman Cam Kitchen and Delaware’s defense are expected to be challenged by URI’s offense tonight. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Delaware (1-0) at Rhode Island (0-1)

WHEN: Today, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Meade Stadium (6,555), Kingston, RI.

RADIO: WDSD 94.7-FM (Scott Klatzkin, Bill Harman, Corey Nidoh).

TV: FLO Sports (fee required).



COACHES: Delaware — Danny Rocco (15-9, 3rd season at Delaware; 105-51, 14th season overall); URI — Jim Fleming (13-43, 6th season at URI; 34-44, 8th season overall).

CAA: Delaware – 0-0; URI — 0-0.

NATIONAL RANKING: Delaware is ranked No. 22 in the STATS FCS Division I poll.

LAST WEEK: Delaware beat Delaware State, 31-13; URI lost to Ohio, 41-20.

SERIES: Delaware leads, 22-10.

LAST MEETING: URI won, 21-19, last year.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Despite their long-time success against the Rams, the Blue Hens haven’t always had an easy time with URI lately. They’ve lost two of the last three meetings, including last year. While the mellow atmosphere sometimes seems like a problem at Meade Stadium, that shouldn’t be an issue today. The Rams are playing their first night home game in 30 years and are hoping for a big student turnout. … Delaware made a handful of huge mistakes in last year’s loss to URI, most notably a bad punt snap that gave the Rams a TD. Eliminating big miscues would be a good place for the Hens to start today. The Rams’ defense didn’t force a punt last week against Ohio, allowing 466 yards and 23 first downs. … Delaware’s young defense expects to be challenged by URI today. The Rams threw for 291 yards in last week’s loss. The Hens need to do a better job of getting position on some big URI receivers than it did last week vs. DSU.

NOTES: Of the 62 players that Delaware used in last week’s game, 23 made their college debut. … Coach Danny Rocco is 24-10 all-time against teams he lost to the previous season. … Delcastle grad Ahmere Dorsey is a dangerous kick returner/wide receiver for URI. He was second-team All-CAA as a punt returner last fall … The Hens had five players run for 20 yards or more last week. … Delaware is back home next Saturday to host No. 1-ranked, perennial FCS power North Dakota State at 1 p.m.

Wesley (0-0) at Franklin Pierce (0-0)

WHEN: Today, noon.

WHERE: Sodexo Field, Rindge, N.H.

RADIO: WDEL (101.7-FM/1150-AM) Sean Greene, Jason Bowen.


COACHES: Wesley — Chip Knapp (7-4, 2nd season); FPU — Russell Gaskamp (0-0, 1st season).

NATIONAL RANKING: Wesley is receiving votes in the poll.

SERIES: First meeting.

KEYS TO THE GAME: It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect from the Ravens, who are making their debut as an NCAA Division II program today. They do have scholarship players and Wesley is assuming there will be a lot of enthusiasm from FPU students because of the historic occasion. On the other hand, the Wolverines have had a lot of success in these kind of games in the past. … Wesley is anxious to see how it’s new quarterbacks perform in a real game situation. Junior David Marrocco is slated to start with senior Jon Mullin also getting some playing time. While this might not be a huge game on the Wolverines’ schedule, they have a big showdown at Delaware Valley next Saturday. They need to know more about their QBs heading into that contest. … With special team’s playing such a big role in last season’s four losses — all by one or two points — Wesley also needs to build some confidence in its special teams. The PAT kicking unit may get a lot of opportunities today.

NOTES: Wesley has 21 former Henlopen Conference players on this year’s roster. Six of them are among the 22 starters for today. … Former Dover High standout Marcellus Pack is expected to return kicks along with being a reserve running back. … FPU coach Russell Gaskamp was the starting center at Texas in 1998 when running back Ricky Williams won the Heisman Trophy.

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