HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- It wasn't an easy film to watch.
Marshall's defense probably would have rather sat through root canal footage than review last week's performance against West Virginia.
Yet they watched.
They watched ball-carriers bounce off or scoot away for 331 rushing yards. They watched WVU quarterbacks toss for 324 passing yards. And they watched the numbers on the Mountaineers' side of the scoreboard hit 69.
"It was tough," defensive end Jeremiah Taylor said. "A lot of stuff that we looked at on film was us not being where we're supposed to be, making mental mistakes and things like that. It was tough looking at the film, but I think we learned from it."
As the Thundering Herd (0-1) prepares for their home opener versus Football Championship Subdivision foe Western Carolina (1-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday (Fox College Sports Atlantic telecast), the defense knows it must have a short memory, but it can't have amnesia.
The mistakes of last week must serve as lessons learned going forward.
One thing the defense did learn was there were too many missed tackles against the Mountaineers. That was one of the biggest factors in the Herd finishing 107th out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total defense and scoring defense.
"We're not afraid to hit you," Herd defensive coordinator Chris Rippon said.
"We're not very good tackling right now, but I'd rather see the kids are aggressive and will go after you. We have to continue to work on our tackling just as much the communication. You need to let the guy next to you know you know what you're doing and we're all on the same page."
The Herd had its issues with that against the Mountaineers. The personnel changes on defense had something to do with it. Former safeties like Evan McKelvey and Raheem Waiters were playing at linebacker. The secondary had experienced but new players in Boston College safety transfers Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha and Penn State cornerback transfer Derrick Thomas.