Arkansas State has several "It" factors that they display as team goals and things that drive them on a daily basis.
The Red Wolves defensive "It" is to pursue the football relentlessly.
Mission accomplished here Sunday night against North Texas.
Arkansas State's defense knocked out North Texas starting quarterback early in the game and never looked back as the Red Wolves took an early 31-0 lead in the first half.
"We played really, really good defense in the first half," Arkansas State Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze said after the game. "We didn't play as hard in the second half as we had in previous games and we will get that fixed this week. I couldn't be prouder of our guys efforts early on."
Knocking out starting quarterback Derek Thompson on the second play of the Eagles offensive series went a long way in setting the defensive tempo of the game early on. After that North Texas could never find their rhythm after that.
"Our defensive confidence level is going up every game," said defensive tackle Dorvus Woods after the game. "We always want to attack the quarterback in every game, we want to get the ball back to this guy. Pointing to Ryan Aplin."
According to Freeze, Defensive Coordinator Dave Wommack felt good all week about getting pressure on the visiting Eagles.
"He felt like we could have success with four and five man rushes," Freeze said. "I thought the game plan our coaches put together was great."
The Arkansas State defensive unit held North Texas to just three first downs in the first half and only 82 yards of total offense.
Lance Dunbar, who coming into the game had 20-100 plus yard games, accounted for 43 yards on one carry of the 82 first half yards.
Speaking of Dunbar, he fell victim to the Red Wolves defense, as Arkansas State continued its streak of not allowing a 100 yard rusher throughout the season.
"The streak continues," Mickey Ryan Host of Gametime at 103.9 the Game said. "Holding the opponent's running back to less than a 100 yards per game."
Wommack's defense hasn't allowed a 100 yard rusher all year and is one of the top defenses in the nation against the run.
"I have said this before and I will say it again," Freeze said. "The play of our defensive line has been phenomenal. They are doing an outstanding job for us, setting the tone and giving our defense a lot of momentum."