Delaware eager to get Bison on home turf

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- North Dakota State and Delaware meet this weekend for just the second time ever in the storied histories of both programs.

NCAA branding on a football, Photo Date: 7/22/2011 / Cropped Photo: Tom Woodward / CC BY-SA 2.0 / (MGN)

Last year's meeting was a 28 point Bison win at the FargoDome but the Blue Hens are hoping a trip East will swing things in their favor.

The Bison out gained Delaware 527 to 152 in total yards last year but the Blue Hens return plenty of talent from last year's team that went on to win five straight after their loss in Fargo and earned a playoff berth.

They also mark the biggest test yet for the Bison this year as the first ranked opponent NDSU has seen so far this season.

Delaware head coach Danny Rocco is familiar with the Bison not just from last year's meeting but from his time coaching at Richmond as well.

He spent a healthy dose of his press conference this week praising the Bison and their process, as well as their physicality. But he met each question with an eagerness to get the Bison to Delaware Stadium where he clearly thinks getting NDSU out of the dome could be a game changer in how things play out this weekend.

"Playing there is a different conversation. Same team, but it's a different conversation than playing here because one of the major components is not part of the conversation."