"I just think we kind of started off slow," Byrd said. "We underestimated them really. By them losing two conference games we went in expecting a blowout. Those guys came to play, and we didn't."
So why does it seem this team always plays its best only when its back is up against the wall?
"I don't know," Byrd said. "It's all on us, on the players. The media always say it's coaches, but the coaches have nothing to do with it. We have to make the plays when needed, have to execute. We have to play football the way we know how."