In a highly anticipated contest on Saturday afternoon, Hampton University and the University of Delaware will face off in a game that offers both teams a chance to showcase their abilities. For Hampton, a victory would be a much-needed rebound from their recent loss to Monmouth, while a win for Delaware would further solidify the promise they displayed in their last game against North Carolina A&T.
Hampton University, with a current overall record of 3-3 and a 1-2 record in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), has struggled on both sides of the ball. Their defense has allowed an average of 386 yards per game to opposing offenses, while their own offense has been lackluster with just 387 yards per game. The secondary has particularly struggled, allowing opposing quarterbacks to rack up 8.0 yards per pass attempt.
Leading the charge for Hampton will be quarterback Chris Zellous, who has averaged 154.2 pass yards per game this season, with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hampton often relies on their quarterback to contribute to the ground game, with 30% of their rushing attempts attributed to Zellous. The Pirates have gone 1-2 in their last three games, and their defense has especially struggled against the pass, allowing 8.0 yards per pass attempt on average. Despite having home field advantage, Hampton has struggled, going 0-2 on their turf and allowing 30.5 points per game in those matchups. In CAA games, Hampton holds a record of 1-2.
On the other hand, the University of Delaware enters the game with an impressive overall record of 5-1 and a perfect 3-0 record in CAA games. The Blue Hens have consistently displayed strong performances on both offense and defense. Offensively, they have been averaging 402 yards per game, while defensively holding opponents to just 352 yards per game. Their rushing attack has been particularly effective, averaging 4.9 yards per attempt so far this season.
Kyron Cumby, who had an outstanding performance in Delaware’s last game, will be a key player to watch. Cumby rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, contributing significantly to the team’s victory. Delaware’s play selection has been balanced this season, with a 49% passing and 51% rushing split. The Blue Hens have won their last three games, scoring over 20 points in each of those matchups. On the road, they hold a 1-1 record, averaging 22.0 points per game in those games. Delaware aims to continue their undefeated streak in CAA games this season, currently holding a 3-0 record in conference matchups.
Saturday’s game promises to be an exciting battle between two teams looking to make their mark in the CAA. Hampton will be seeking redemption after their recent loss, while Delaware will be aiming to build on their previous success. Both teams will showcase their offensive and defensive prowess, with Hampton looking to improve their defensive performance and Delaware relying on their strong rushing attack. As the game unfolds at Hampton’s Armstrong Stadium, fans can anticipate a thrilling contest.
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*Disclaimer: This article was originally published on October 17, 2023, at 10:36 AM.*