Gus Malzahn: Today is what we had visualized in the beginning
Posted by: Pete Roussel on December 2, 2012
After claiming the Sun Belt Conference championship on Saturday, Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn stated, "Today is what we had visualized in the beginning."
Arkansas State defeated MTSU 45-0 to finish the season 9-3, winners of seven consecutive games.
Malzahn stated, "We're in the process of building. There may have been some expectations, but I think we had the least amount of returning starters in the entire league."
He added, "It took a while to come together. We had some major growing pains. We won a couple of games, but it didn't feel like we won. We didn't play good solid football. It started clicking about six of seven weeks ago. Today, we could have played with just about anyone."
The Red Wolves scored at least 40 points against each of their last three opponents - ULM, Troy, and MTSU.
Malzahn praised his coordinators Rhett Lashlee and John Thompson.
He said, "Certain teams play their best football in November and December. Hats off to our team; they're doing that."
No Sun Belt Conference team had ever shut out MTSU.
Malzahn stated, "It's hard to do that in college football, much less a team that is playing for a conference championship."
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