Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson remembered - and not fondly - the way the team struggled against Tulsa and against its own frustrations.
"It's hard to win like that," he said. "When things start going wrong on the field, other players can't start pointing fingers and start arguing back and forth with each other. We're all a team, so just have to get it together."
But Dobson doesn't see that happening with this year's team. After all, the Herd could have collapsed last week after falling behind four touchdowns at halftime versus Purdue.
Yet Marshall rallied to make it a game, losing 51-41.
"I feel like our team is to the point right now where we've got each other's back," he said. "We're just feeding off each other and that helps a lot."
The Herd faces a Tulsa team with nearly as much potential for yards and points as it did last year. The Hurricane (4-1, 2-0 C-USA) is tops in the conference in scoring (42 points per game) and rushing (244.8 yards per game). It's also C-USA's top total defense (338 yards allowed per game) and rushing defense (104.6 yards allowed per game), a stout foe for quarterback Rakeem Cato and Marshall's offense, ranked third in the FBS in passing, averaging 394.6 yards per game.
"We have to stay in the moment," Taylor said. "They're a good team. They're going to make some good plays, too. We just have to make sure we do stay in the moment, and play with confidence."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.