The defense won a lot of the battles early on, up until the big play from Richardson. Terrel Smith recovered an early fumble, and the unit finally capitalized on breaking in on a route for a Ryan Moeller interception -- the only two turnovers of the day.
Getting the ball back to the offense is a focal point for the team, and Smith said the progression is positive.
"We created a couple turnovers today. Creating turnovers wins games and that's something we continue to harp on every day," Smith said. "We're getting better and better, and you can see every day, we're getting more effort from everybody at getting to the ball. From spring to now, it's a major improvement and we just have to keep it up the next two weeks."
"We got a couple fumbles where they just dropped the ball, and we missed two picks today we probably should have caught, maybe three," said defensive coordinator Kent Baer. "We're working at (creating turnovers) and it's certainly a point of emphasis. We'll be better at it, and it's something we talk about every day."