By Matt Leon

NEWARK, Del. (CBS) – The University of Delaware sits at 3-2 after a tough 31-17 loss to Maine this past weekend in Orono.  It’s back home on Saturday, as the Blue Hens welcome 3-2 William and Mary to Newark.

Blue Hens head coach KC Keeler says the Tribe are stingy.

“They are playing great defense.  They are in the top two or three in almost every category defensively.  Multiple scheme, very good on nickel downs, on third downs.  Offensively they are not quite as strong, however they have a great running game and they are kind of bringing along a brand new quarterback.”

As usual, the CAA is loaded, and both these teams are nationally ranked.  Delaware is as high as #11 in the country, while William and Mary is ranked ninth in 1-AA or FCS.

What will the key be on Saturday for Keeler’s squad?

“It’s about executing,” he told KYW Newsradio.  “We were in a position to win that game at Maine, very much like the Old Dominion game – going back and forth and we just executed toward the end of the game – we didn’t execute against Maine.  It’s the execution of the offense, execution of the defense.  It’s not that complicated, just really go out and play clean.  We’re good enough, if we play clean, to win a lot of ballgames.  But also the competition is as equal as we are, so if we don’t play clean we’re going to put ourselves in harm’s way.”

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Delaware leads the all-time series between the two schools, 21-14, but William and Mary has been hot lately, winning the last three match-ups.  That includes a 17-16 decision last year in Williamsburg, Va.

Kickoff on Saturday is set for 6:00pm.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060

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