After defeating the Georgia Southern Eagles 27-10 Saturday afternoon, the University of Delaware has the chance at yet another national football championship.
“What a great win for our institution, what a great win for our kids,” says head coach K.C. Keeler. “Georgia Southern was everything we thought they were going to be. We really struggled early on with the triple option and I think the whole theme about Saturday’s victory was poise. You don’t win a game like that without a lot of poise.”
Keeler is headed to the NCAA championship game for the third time as head coach of the Blue Hens. Under Keeler, Delaware won its first national championship since 1979 and its first ever Division 1-AA title in 2003. He was a starting linebacker for the ’79 championship team and knows first hand the recognition that comes with winning a title in the state of Delaware.
“I’m part of two of those national championships, I’m very proud of that. 2003 as a coach, 1979 I was a player,” says Keeler. “I have that for the rest of my life. The same thing with these guys. Some day when they say the University of Delaware has seven national championships, that’s their legacy forever.”
Delaware, the tournament’s No. 3 seed will take on Eastern Washington, the No. 5 seed, in the national championship game January 7 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.