Gus Malzahn entered his weekly press conference here Monday morning upbeat and focused on the next task at hand.
That's to prepare his team for their home opener against nearby rival Memphis this coming Saturday night at 6 p.m. in Jonesboro.
The first year coach stated that he was proud of his team for not giving up and quitting against one of the best teams in the country.
"I told our guys that I was proud of them not quitting," Malzahn told a group of local media. "A lot of team could have thrown in the towel and quit being down 40 at half, not this group, they fought with a champion like attitude, they gave good effort."
Malzahn felt like he and his coaching staff got a lot of information to use to improve from week one to week two.
"You hope we will use the Oregon game to build off of," Malzahn said. "We got a lot of good information that we can use. Our main goal this week is to worry about ourselves and working on our team getting better."
Malzahn also knew what his team was in-store for against the No. 5 team in the nation Oregon Ducks.
"We knew going in it was going to be a tough task," Malzahn said. "We knew we couldn't go in and make mental mistakes or turnovers, they are the type team that will feed off of your miscues."
When asked about turnovers, Malzahn was quite clear on his message to his team.
"Fumbles and interceptions are unacceptable," Malzahn said. "Our players came out in the second half and did some good things. It's definitely something we can build off of and correct and improve."
Malzahn thought that this group had an overall steady performance against what the ASU Red Wolf called a very long and talented defensive front.
Malzahn complimented David Oku on his performance against the Ducks.
"You can tell that he has been in a big time atmosphere game before," Malzahn said. "He is very strong and overall had a good game. I think he will continue to get better once he gets the entire offense down."
Malzahn is new to the rivalry, but is definitely aware of it.
"I know it's very important to our fan base," Malzahn said. "I know it's very important to our players and I know that Memphis will be up for this game. We have to get better from game one to game two, I'm sure we will see a better Memphis team this week."
BIG CROWD NEEDED
Malzahn made a request of the Arkansas State Fan Base.
"We need to have a sellout crowd for this game," Malzahn said. "This needs to be a tough place to play at for our opponents. Our fans can definitely make a difference in this area. We need their help!"
1 Field goal needed by Brian Davis to tie the seventh most in school history for a career.
1 Reception needed by Taylor Stockemer to become the sixth player in school history to record 100 catches.
Josh Jarboe tied for first in the nation on completions in week 1.
Three touchdowns receptions needed by Taylor Stockemer to become ASU's career leader in the stat.
Seven completions needed by QB Ryan Aplin to take over third place for career completions on the Sun Belt conference.