Now players like those are older and wiser and have a clearer understanding of the game, Dillon said.
"Last year, we were really young, especially on the line," Dillon said. "That one year helped out a lot with what to expect and how the game experience is. Everybody on the defense just knows what to expect. That's why we're dominating so far."
Lovett's pick-six, coming after Raheem Waiters' pick-six against Miami, marked the first time since 2006 that Marshall returned interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive games. Lovett said the sacks and the turnovers aren't mutually exclusive events. The pressure Marshall's defensive front puts on the opponent - the Herd had six quarterback hurries with its six sacks - allows the secondary to play more man-to-man coverage and forces opposing quarterbacks to make bad throws.
"Last year we were playing a lot of zone and they were catching short routes, but we had to play the call," Lovett said. "This year it's a lot of press and we're up in their face. It all starts with technique from the line. That's helping out a whole lot. As long as the defensive line keeps bringing the pressure, we can play man all day."
As dominant has Marshall has been, much tougher competition is right around the corner. The Herd visits Ohio at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPNews in another "Battle for the Bell." The Bobcats have taken the last two games from the Herd, including last season's 27-24 win in Huntington. And Ohio should provide a much more difficult test than the FCS Bulldogs and a Miami team that gained just 122 yards and couldn't score an offensive touchdown against Kentucky this past weekend.
Lovett said the Herd is ready for the next step in the schedule and the step up in opponent's skill.
"Coach said Chapter Two is closed," he said. "Now we worry about Ohio. Ohio beat us for the past two years and I'm going in with a chip on my shoulder. This is my last year, so I'm going to go in, play hard and give everything I've got."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.