Offense, defense trade domination in scrimmage

Updated: August 16, 2003, 10:17 PM ET

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Arkansas State's offense had the upper hand in the first part of Saturday night's scrimmage, but the defense took over later, in red-zone situations.

"I thought early on in the scrimmage, the offense really did a great job of mixing it up, keeping (the defense) off-balance," coach Steve Roberts said. "It really put the defense on their heels a little bit and had them guessing. But when it came down to red-zone, the defense stepped it up a notch."

Roberts said the players satisfied the coaching staff's desire to see more physical play in the scrimmage.

After 14 practices, the Indians were given the day off on Sunday.

"They're excited about that," Roberts said. "They need it, they deserve it. They're really getting dead-legged, their legs are getting a little bit weary, so we need tomorrow to recover and I think it will help us in the long run."

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