Did East Carolina's defense out-think itself Friday? Or did MU's offensive line just overpower the front four? (Or front three. Or whatever.)
As center Chris Jasperse explains: "It was just a matter of lining up and getting after them, executing. They would go from a three-man front until we'd get a big run, and they'd go to an even front, four-down front, and we'd run it there.
"They didn't know what they wanted to do and we took advantage, got hats on hats, everybody executing. The backs were on the same page. [Rakeem] Cato was checking to the run because we knew he had our back."
After he dried off from his Gatorade bath, Holliday declared his decision to name the four team captains weekly to be a success. There were 19 of them over the 12 weeks, and apparently they all made an impact, whether in pregame speeches or simply their play on the field
"I've never done the captain situation the way we've done it this year," Holliday said. "It's been tremendous. It's developed leadership among guys you never thought had the ability to do that. We've got 19 of them, believe it or not. The leadership they've shown has been great, and it's helped our team."
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