"Again, our guys' resolve and confidence in each other and what we do is huge," Coach DeRuyter said. "This group, to have three games go right down to the last play, four games, and win all of them I think speaks highly. And I mentioned it early on: Those kinds of wins can galvanize a team."
But while congratulating his team on their resilience, Coach DeRuyter is not ignoring a few glaring facts about the Bulldogs that need to be addressed.
"Are we a great team right now?" DeRuyter asked rhetorically. "No. We've got a lot of holes we've got to fix. We can't rest on anything because we have got to improve each week if we want to accomplish the goals we want to accomplish."
What better way to get back to playing four complete quarters of football than Saturday's Blackout game against Nevada? The Wolf Pack come in at 3-5 overall, fresh off a five-point loss to in-state rivals UNLV.
"They've changed a little bit in the last couple of weeks," said DeRuyter. "They're throwing the ball for over 300 yards a game over the last couple of weeks. Which is what they've been capable of doing before but a little bit more pass emphasis.
"The Wolf Pack are going to get up for this game," said Bulldogs Tight End Marcel Jensen. "They always do. They always have since I've been here. And we're not going to take them lightly."
The Bulldogs are expecting a sellout for the Blackout game as early Wednesday, so the Red Wave will need to get their tickets ASAP. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm and will be shown nationally on ESPNU.