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Herd from Holliday: How a comeback happened

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 12:39 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's 24-23 football victory Saturday at Florida Atlantic and the next Thundering Herd game Oct. 24 at Middle Tennessee were among things discussed Tuesday by head coach Doc Holliday during his regular weekly news conference.

ON THE TEAM GETTING THE JOB DONE AT FAU: "As you go back and review that game, I think there were nine minutes and 57 seconds to go in the game and we were down by 9 points. Three things had to happen to go win that football game and all three of them did. We started at the 9 yard line, so we had to go 91 yards and score to get back in it. Our defense had to go out there and get a stop on that series or it's over. They found a way to do that and we got the ball back deep in our own territory.

"There was another time that we had to take it down the field with only two minutes and some seconds with zero timeouts. We had to get the clock stopped, get in position to kick a field goal and Justin Haig had to go in and kick it after they used two timeouts to ice him.

"All those things had to happen for us to win that football game and they did. Leadership on the sidelines, locker room and all the things that we've been talking a long time about are starting to take effect. We won the game because of it. I don't really enjoy winning games like that, but it is better than the alternative. I think you can grow as a football team when you find a way to win one like that. It's been a while since we've done that around here."

ON BEING FIRST IN THE CONFERENCE USA EAST DIVISION STANDINGS: "We are sitting right where we want to be sitting at this point. We control our own destiny. That being said you don't look ahead five or six weeks down the road. You look ahead to next Thursday because that is the only one that matters at this point, preparing for Middle Tennessee.

"Kids are kids and they have dreams and goals and they know they're all still out there. We control that. We have to make sure we get better every day in practice and go play our best game a week from Thursday to try to keep those goals and dreams in place."

HOW WILL THE BYE WEEK BE USED?"We had a couple of coaches who stayed in Florida for recruiting purposes. Everyone else is in the office working on Middle Tennessee State University. Our kids came back in Sunday after the game. They lifted weights and ran. We put that game behind us and they had yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday) off. We'll start back to work tomorrow (Wednesday). I think it is important this week that we get better as a football team in all three phases. That is what you should do in an open week. Tomorrow (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday the focus will be on us getting better in all three phases.

"We'll take Saturday off and we'll come back Sunday. Sunday will be a Tuesday practice for us because of the game being on Thursday. Monday will be a Wednesday and Tuesday will of course be a Thursday. Wednesday will be a Friday travel and we'll go play the game on Thursday night. That's our schedule and we'll start back tomorrow with the preparation for our kids."

FIRST THOUGHTS ON MIDDLE TENNESSEE: "I have great respect for that program. That's a team that went into Georgia Tech a year ago and beat them up pretty good. They have a quarterback in Logan Kilgore that has just about every record in the book for Middle Tennessee. So it starts with that guy and they've been to bowl games multiple times in the last years. They're well coached and have athletes. Plus we have to go to their place. It will be a challenge for us and we're just now starting to get into them in regards to schemes and that type of thing. They will definitely be a challenge for us and they are a good football team."

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