CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- These are the kind of defensive numbers that can tickle an offensive coordinator like Bill Legg.
The Marshall University defense hasn't allowed a point in 91 minutes and 48 seconds of game action. The longest span last season the Herd went without allowing a touchdown or field goal was 43:04, from early in the fourth quarter of a loss at West Virginia to halftime the next week in a win over Western Carolina.
In fact, the Herd defense only held a team scoreless in six quarters all of last season. It takes a six-quarter scoreless streak into this Saturday night's 8 o'clock non-conference game at Ohio University.
Legg is a coach who appreciates how the offense and defense can work in concert.
"It's always been a team game," Legg said in a phone interview this week. "It's been a little back and forth since we got here. First we had older guys on defense and we totally revamped the offense. We get better on offense and all the guys on defense graduate. Now we're in position where we have experience on both sides of the ball and depth on both sides of the ball."
Marshall is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since its undefeated 1999 season, and fourth-year Coach Doc Holliday's team is among the top 15 teams nationally in total offense (15th) and total defense (seventh). Only Wisconsin can make the same claim.
The weaknesses Ohio exploited in that 37-point rout two seasons ago appear to be gone.
The Bobcats scored 44 in the 2011 "Battle for the Bell," but the offense contributed mightily to that. Ohio started three drives on the Herd's side of the field in the first half and another at midfield as turnovers and miscues placed the MU defense in precarious positions.
Ohio's defense feasted on Marshall's youth. Legg had a true freshman quarterback (Rakeem Cato) throw a career-high four interceptions, including three in the first quarter on just five passes. The Herd was led in rushing by a sophomore and a freshman. Of the eight players who caught a pass, six were freshmen or sophomores.
They're neophytes no more.
Among the youngsters who started against Ohio two seasons ago, offensive guard Garrett Scott has 23 starts under his belt and center Chris Jasperse has 27. Cato will take the first snap this Saturday for the 28th time in his collegiate career, and tight end Gator Hoskins has started 22 games.
That quartet - among many others - helped Marshall become a top 10 offense last season, but the team had a bottom 10 scoring defense.
One side wasn't helping the other, like the 2011 "Battle for the Bell."