PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A couple of teams desperate for a victory will meet down in Williamsburg, Virginia on Saturday as the University of Delaware visits William and Mary.
Both teams have lost three straight games. The latest defeat for the Blue Hens (2-3, 0-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association) was especially painful. Delaware lost at home to Maine this past weekend, 28-21, with the Black Bears scoring the winning touchdown on a fumble return in the game’s final minute.
“I think certainly, the way we lost the game is challenging,” Delaware head coach Dave Brock tells KYW Newsradio. “But the key to being a good team and the key to getting back on track is the ability to bounce back. Our back’s up against the wall right now and I think the kids have responded really well the beginning part of this week and we’ve got to put together a great plan and go down to William and Mary and find a way to win.”
Listen to the entire interview with Delaware head coach Dave Brock:
The Blue Hens have allowed 36.3 points during their current losing streak.
“Certainly we’d like to play better (on defense),” Brock says. “We gave up some pretty uncharacteristic big plays in the game (against Maine). Again, those things will kill you. We gave up a 60-yard touchdown pass, probably a 40-yard screen pass down to the one. That resulted in 14 of the 21 points. You’ve got to eliminate big plays, we’ve got to do a better job of being ball disruptive, taking the ball away. We have to play better complimentary football as a team in order to win.”
William and Mary is 2-4 on the season (0-3 in CAA) and coming off a 31-24 defeat at the hands of James Madison.
“Certainly a very talented group,” Brock says of the Tribe. “They have struggled to a certain degree in terms of some of the games they’ve played. They’ve got a quarterback (Steve Cluley) back who returns having won the conference last year, an all-conference tailback (Kendall Anderson), certainly a very good front, one of the most dynamic players on the perimeter in the league (DeVonte Dedmon), not only on offense, but in the kick-return and punt-return game.”
Last year, these two teams met in Newark, with Delaware winning, 24-23.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 3:30pm.