"I feel like, if you do it in practice, you'll do it in games," Taylor said. "We were able to go out there and do it against our offense, and we feel confidence we'll be able to do it against anybody.
"It's something that we did last year, but we didn't emphasize it enough," he added. "This year, I feel like the coaches have done a great job of getting everybody in that mindset that we have trained for this and we do this every day. So there should be no reason we can't go out there and stop them."
Marshall Coach Doc Holliday had stressed before last Saturday's game that it was how the team handled tough times that would define it. The old adage of a defense needing a short memory had to ring true in the Herd's locker room. Holliday felt last Saturday was a good start.
"I think our kids have done a great job at playing the next play and not looking back and overcoming adversity," Holliday said. "We tell them to go play as hard as you can play. Don't look at the scoreboard. At the end of the day, we'll look up and see where we are."
The Herd defense could look at the scoreboard and the stat sheet after last game and feel pretty good about what it saw - numbers that showed the 2013 edition wouldn't shrink from hardship, that it could bounce back from allowing a big gain and play even better in its wake.
That is now what Taylor sees when he walks the sideline, teammates able to shrug off misfortune rather than allow the burden to weigh on their shoulders. Greater tests lie ahead in places like Athens, Ohio, Tulsa, Okla., and Blacksburg, Va., so only time will tell if the Marshall defense's new attitude remains strong against stronger competition.
But for now, Taylor is happy he can save his motivational speeches for another day. There's no need to lift an army of low spirits - and not fighting that battle off the field puts Marshall's defense a lot closer to winning the battles on it.
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.