Anderson saw glimmers of hope.
"We were able to do some things and move the football in the second half,'' he said. "There was no change in the scheme. We were just asking the guys to play very hard and with great effort. We're learning who we can trust to play. We'll view this film, and in trying situations, effort stands out. I keep coming back to that word because right now if we don't play with effort, it doesn't matter who we play or what schemes we play. It starts right there. And we've been getting that off and on throughout the season.''
Mendenhall entered the season needing 3,298 passing yards and 395 on the ground to reach career totals of 10,000 passing and 2,000 rushing and would be just the third quarterback in Division II history to do so.
About half the players on State's two-deep roster are freshmen and sophomores.
"It's discouraging now, a little bit,'' said Anderson. "But when we go back and watch, there will be guys that show up on film as giving the effort that we can build around.''
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.