Houston came into their game with Cincinnati Saturday averaging over 430 yards of total offense per game, but the Bearcats left with a win on the heels of their dominant defense that limited Houston to just 278 yards on the day (including just 33 yards rushing).
That performance propelled Cincinnati's defense into the top 10 defenses in the country (#9 in total defense),
Tommy Tuberville, who spent his assistant coaching career on the defensive side of the ball, joined Sirius XM to explain what makes the Bearcat defense so tough to move the ball on, and his advice boiled down to technique and limiting the big plays.
"I've been a defensive coach all my life, and I've got an excellent defensive staff, and the one thing that I harp on is technique. If you can teach and preach technique through two-a-days and spring practice, all the way through the season, you're not really going to have a disastrous game." Tuberville explained.
"Now, you're going to give up points, but the thing that you won't do is you won't put yourself out of it on defense."
"We don't give up a whole lot of big plays, now people have moved the ball on us and scored some points, but it's awful hard to grind it out against us. Sooner or later we'll make a play, and we don't have any stars on our defense, we've just got a bunch of guys that understand what we're asking them to do and they get it done."