1959 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team

The 1959 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team was an American football team that represented the University of Delaware in the Middle Atlantic Conference during the 1959 NCAA College Division football season. In its ninth season under head coach David M. Nelson, the team compiled an 8–1 record (5–0 against MAC opponents) and outscored opponents by a total of 286 to 95. Mark Hurm was the team captain.[1][2]

1959 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
MAC University Division champion
ConferenceMiddle Atlantic Conference
DivisionUniversity Division
1959 record8–1 (5–0 MAC University)
Head coach
CaptainMark Hurm
Home stadiumDelaware Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
University
Delaware x 5 0 0     8 1 0
Gettysburg 3 2 0     5 4 0
Lafayette 4 3 0     5 4 0
Bucknell 3 3 0     4 5 0
Rutgers 2 2 0     6 3 0
Lehigh 2 3 0     4 5 0
Temple 0 5 0     0 9 0
Muhlenberg * 1 2 0     3 6 0
College–Northern
Albright x 6 1 0     7 3 0
Juniata 5 1 0     7 1 0
Wagner 5 1 0     6 2 0
Lebanon Valley 3 2 0     5 3 0
Susquehanna 3 2 0     4 3 0
Moravian 2 4 0     3 5 0
Wilkes 2 5 0     2 5 0
Lycoming 1 4 0     3 5 0
Scranton * 3 1 0     5 4 0
College–Southern
Johns Hopkins x 6 0 0     7 1 0
Pennsylvania Military 6 2 0     6 2 0
Western Maryland 3 2 1     5 2 2
Ursinus 2 5 0     2 6 0
Dickinson 1 5 0     1 7 0
Haverford 0 5 0     1 5 0
Drexel 0 5 0     1 6 0
Franklin & Marshall * 1 2 1     4 3 1
Swarthmore * 1 3 0     ? ? ?
West Chester * 0 0 0     7 1 0
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – Ineligible for championship due to insufficient conference games

The Blue Hens started the year unranked, but early victories over Lafayette, Lehigh and Massachusetts catapulted them into the UPI Small College Poll's national top 3 by mid-October. Delaware held the No. 1 spot for two weeks in November before ceding it to Bowling Green in a head-to-head matchup. Delaware dropped to No. 4, and remained at that rank through the end of the season.

The team played its home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 26LehighW 12–7 7,000 [3]
October 3at UMass*No. 16W 42–12 4,500 [4]
October 10at LafayetteNo. 9W 26–8 9,000 [5]
October 17New Hampshire *No. 3
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
W 50–12 7,000 [6]
October 24Marshall*No. 2
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
W 30–6 4,896 [7]
October 31RutgersNo. 2W 34–14 10,500 [8]
November 7TempleNo. 1
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
W 62–0 2,000 [9]
November 14at No. 3 Bowling Green*No. 1
L 8–30 8,700 [10]
November 21at BucknellNo. 4W 22–6 8,000 [11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Delaware Yearly Results (1955-1959)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "2012 Blue Hens Football Media Guide". University of Delaware. 2012. p. 159. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Kelley, Bob (September 28, 1959). "Delaware 11 Downs Lehigh, 12-7, Before 7,000". Wilmington Morning News. Wilmington, Del. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Kelley, Bob (October 5, 1959). "Bowman Gains 189 Yards as Delaware Demolishes Mass. Eleven, 42 to 12". Wilmington Morning News. Wilmington, Del. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Steber, Bernie (October 11, 1959). "Lafayette Blitzed, 26-8; Delaware Bombards Leopards". Sunday Call-Chronicle. Allentown, Pa. p. 37 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Tompkins, Dave (October 19, 1959). "Marshall Next Foe for Streaking Hens". Journal–Every Evening. Wilmington, Del. p. 30 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Tompkins, Dave (October 26, 1959). "Hens Bury Marshall in Warmup for Rutgers". Journal–Every Evening. Wilmington, Del. p. 29 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Moody, Sid (November 1, 1959). "Delaware 34, Rutgers 14". Sunday News. Lancaster, Pa. p. 32 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Smith, Ron (November 8, 1959). "Delaware Routs Temple, 62-0; Clinches MAC Title". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pa. p. S3 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick, Tom (November 15, 1959). "Colburn-Led BG Wrecks Delaware". The Lima News. Lima, Ohio. p. D1 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Cartwright, Al (November 23, 1959). "Delaware 22, Bucknell 6: Somebody Stole My Gal, but Not the Ball Game". Journal–Every Evening. Wilmington, Del. p. 39 – via Newspapers.com.