Throughout the season, the Cougars have responded well to adversity, just as they showed after being pounded in the season-opener. In their next game, they knocked off nationally ranked Texas A&M.
"That (loss to Oregon State) was a big wake-up call for us, realizing that teams aren't just going to hand us wins and that we're going to have to work hard and fight to win games," Willard said. "At Fresno, we had a turning point because we thought we should win those games."
Overcoming difficult challenges have defined this team, Willard added.
"I think it's how hard we fight and how much we just want it. We're a little bit of a scrappy team. We've had our moments where we've been scared to fail. We're not afraid of that anymore. That's been working for us lately."Email: email@example.com
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