Red Wolves look to damage Vandals
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 14:10
The Arkansas State Red Wolves are gearing up for homecoming this weekend against the Idaho Vandals.
The Red Wolves this season are below .500 at 2-3, coming off consecutive losses to Memphis and Missouri.
Head Coach Bryan Harsin voiced his thoughts on what his team must do.
“Win, come back and change it, that’s what we’ve got to do, bottom line. I thought in the two back to back losses we were two different teams in those games and tried to be the better football team in the loss.”
The A-State run game is electric, spearheaded by senior running back David Oku.
“I think most teams want to run the football,” Harsin said.
“I think that’s the easiest way to be successful. Not everybody does it as much and not everybody assumes that they have to come out and do that but I do think when it’s in critical situations you have to run the ball,” Harsin continued.
“When you go back and look at national championship teams the teams that have won a lot of games, they run the football.”
Oku said the team’s mindset is still solid after consecutive losses.
“The mindset is good. We’ve had two losses in a row, and were just kind of bitter as always. I think we’ve progressed and we’re getting better and better.”
The Red Wolves defense has room for improvement; they’re allowing 31 points a game.
“That’s too much and we have to tackle, more likely than not it’s the one on one tackling and space that we struggle with,” Harsin said.
A-State had a hard time tackling against the Memphis Tigers in a blow out 31-9 loss.
The Red Wolves enter conference play in two weeks versus the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.
“It’s always a lot of pressure,” Oku said.
“Coach Harsin talked the other day about odds not being in your favor. I think the main thing is to take it one game at a time. We have to come in and execute, entering conference play. It’s always turned up a notch cause everybody wants that conference title.”
Oku praised the home atmosphere at Liberty Bank stadium.
The Idaho Vandals will enter the Vault with a record of 1-5 while the Red Wolves still stand at 2-3 overall.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Liberty Bank Stadium.