UTSA and Middle Tennessee are the only two of the six first-year programs to earn conference wins so far. The Roadrunners beat the University of Texas at El Paso, and they feature Eric Soza, C-USA's third-most prolific quarterback behind East Carolina's Shane Carden and the Herd's Rakeem Cato.
"We have great leaders," Wilkins said. "Every game is a big game, especially going into a conference game. They stepped up and talked to the young guys and said, 'Let's roll. Let's get on the same page.'"
Jasperse said the most important message Marshall's veterans tried to send was that the Herd's own mistakes - including seven turnovers in those two losses - were what kept the team from some signature wins. Shuler said that if Marshall matched the effort it showed against Virginia Tech, the Herd should be on the right track. Jasperse said the team also needed to eliminate the errors that doomed it against the Hokies.
"We were just trying to say, 'Hey, guys, we're just beating ourselves right now,'" he said. "There are little things we need to fix up. If we take care of what we're doing, then the games will go fine. We've just got to tune up on our techniques.
"We can go out there and win every game if we don't beat ourselves."
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