WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – As they get ready to meet in Newark, both the University of Delaware and West Chester University are looking to shake off opening game losses.

Delaware stepped up a level and got beat up by Navy, 40-17, in Annapolis.   West Chester lost a heartbreaker, falling in overtime on the road to New Haven, 35-32.

Golden Rams head coach Bill Zwaan says that one stung.

“Tough, tough loss for our kids because I think we have a pretty good football team,” he told KYW Newsradio.  “And our guys have to overcome this now.”

But this is always a difficult match-up for the Division II Golden Rams: the 1-AA or FCS Blue Hens are 45-6-1 against West Chester, and they have won 17 straight in this series.

Zwaan says it’s important that his team just plays its game.

“The one thing we want to do is, we don’t want to get out of what we are trying to get better at.   In other words, just because we are playing Delaware we don’t want to completely lose sight of what we are trying to do as a football team,” Zwaan notes.   “We haven’t ever run the ball well against them, but he have try to at least establish something in the run game.

“And I want to see our two quarterbacks (sophomores Sean McCartney and Matt Carroll) play against some really good competition.  From that standpoint, it’s going to be a real challenge for them and I’d like to see how they react to it.”

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Kickoff is set for Saturday night at 6:00pm at Tubby Raymond Field, in Delaware Stadium.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060  

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