2022 Delaware college football schedule finalized with 8 CAA games

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League expansion has complicated and delayed the creation of the University of Delaware’s 2022 football schedule, but now the Blue Hens know who they’re playing and where.

Delaware will open its 2022 Colonial Athletic Association football schedule Sept. 17 in Rhode Island, as the league slate was announced Tuesday.

Colonial’s home opener follows a week later against league newcomer Hampton. CAA’s other home games are against Towson (Oct. 1), freshman Monmouth (Nov. 5) and Richmond (Nov. 12).

In other league games on the road, Delaware visits William & Mary (Oct. 8), Elon (Oct. 29) and traditional end-of-season rival Villanova (Nov. 19).

Delaware quarterback Nolan Henderson takes a first quarter before a full student section during Delaware's home opener against St. Francis at Delaware Stadium on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

James Madison’s departure after this school year for the Football Bowl Subdivision’s Sun Belt conference, announced late last fall, led CAA to add Stony Brook, who was already a football-only member, Monmouth, Hampton and later, North Carolina A&T as all-sport members.

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North Carolina A&T won’t join football until 2023, giving CAA 13 schools this season.

Delaware's defensive backfield rallies before facing Villanova at Delaware Stadium, Saturday, November 20, 2021.

CAA teams will continue to play eight-game schedules in 2022. The Blue Hens will not face CAA foes Stony Brook, New Hampshire, Maine and Albany in 2022. At least so far, the league did not announce the adoption of a divisional format. .

Delaware will play its first season under Coach Ryan Carty. Former UD quarterback was hired on December 10 less more than two weeks after Danny Rocco’s dismissal after a 5-6 season.

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Carty left Sam Houston State, where he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2021 NCAA Spring Champions, after serving in those roles in New Hampshire.

Delaware defensive back Justis Henley makes an overhead catch for an interception – nullified by a penalty – in the third quarter of Delaware's 24-3 victory at Delaware Stadium on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Delaware is in the midst of spring drills that will culminate April 16 at Delaware Stadium with the annual blue-white intrasquad game.

Delaware’s non-conference games for 2022 had already been set.

They include the season opener at FBS Navy on Sept. 3, the home opener against Delaware State on Sept. 10, and a home game against DelState’s MEAC rival Morgan State on October 22.

Delaware quarterback Anthony Paoletti (left) lines up next to starter Zach Gwynn (center) and running back Dajoun Lee in the fourth quarter of Delaware's 24-3 victory at Delaware Stadium on Saturday, 6 November 2021.

Delaware and the Navy have been frequent combatants, with 17 encounters. Delaware has won 10, including trips in 2003 and 2007 to the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. But Navy has won the last three, including the school’s last meeting, 51-7 in 2013.

The Blue Hens will look to recapture the magic of their 2021 spring season, created in the wake of COVID-19 wiping out the fall 2020 schedule. The Blue Hens reached the NCAA FCS Semifinals and finished 7-1 .

Season tickets for games at Delaware Stadium are on sale at BlueHens.com. Single tickets will be available in April.

FCS teams play 11-game regular season schedules, except for years when there is an extra Saturday between Labor Day and Thanksgiving and they can play 12. The next seasons falling under this category are 2024 and 2025.

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Former Delaware coach Danny Rocco has joined Penn State as a defensive analyst, coach James Franklin announced Monday. It takes Pennsylvania native Rocco back to his roots, as he played his first two seasons of college football at Penn State with his older brother Frank Jr., before transferring to Wake Forest and his father Frank Sr. Delaware plays Penn State for the first time on September 9, 2023 at Beaver Stadium.

Sam Daniels was hired as Delaware’s defensive line coach, leaving CAA rival Richmond, where he coached defensive tackles. Daniels was an All-American defensive lineman and captain of James Madison’s team.

2022 Delaware Football Schedule

(Kick-off times to be specified)

September 3 – at the Navy

September 10 – State of Delaware

September 17 – in Rhode Island*

September 24 – Hampton*

October 1 – Towson*

October 8 – at William & Mary*

October 15 – (Opening date)

October 22 – Morgan State

October 29 – to Elon*

November 5 – Monmouth*

November 12 – Richmond*

November 19 – at Villanova*

*Colonial Athletic Association game

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