I was originally, like most of us, highly discouraged from the play of the defense against State on Saturday. However, after rewatching and reviewing the game and watching plays multiple times, I was actually proud of our defense.
The offense put the defense in terrible positions consistently. The defense was often left in poor field position and with little rest at all.
The defense played hard and fast, swarming to the ball, generally stuffing the run, and limiting big plays (although there were a few, obviously) and forcing multiple turnovers. I can't imagine how exhausted they were by overtime.
In my opinion, this was their best performance of the season so far, numbers be damned.