VIDEO:Keeler says Towson game pivotal for Blue Hens

By Don Voltz 3:30pm, October 31, 2012
Delaware football coach K.C. Keeler says there are no moral victories in Delaware football, but he feels his team played very well in last Saturday's 31-26 loss to 5th-ranked Old Dominion.

Keeler says they've had problems in the second half this year, and they needed to play cleaner last Saturday in order to win.

But he saw some good signs, saying the team played very hard...in fact, he said they played harder than any team he's coached in the last 20 years.

He particularly cited quarterback Trent Hurley, who he said is as tough a player as he's ever coached.

Hurley took shot after shot during the game, and played much of the second half with a right eye that was nearly swollen shut.

This week, the Blue Hens host a Towson team they upset last year, 35-30, but is coming off a big 49-35 win over Villanova.

Keeler says the game will be very emotional, after last year's game featured a near pre-game dust-up between the two teams and a post-game handshake that Keeler felt was non-existent on the part of Tigers coach Rob Ambrose.

Keeler says his top running back, Andrew Pierce, injured a knee against Old Dominion and is questionable and will be replaced by Julian Laing if he isn't available.

It's a big game for both teams. Towson is 4-4 overall and one more loss would certainly eliminate them from a post-season spot.

And Delaware is 5-3 overall, but has only 4 wins against Division 1 opposition, so it also needs to win out to return to the post-season for the first time since 2010.


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