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“We still have a long season to go,” Niumatalolo said. “Two tough games we lost, but we still have all of our goals intact. We just have to keep pressing forward, clean up some of our mistakes. Our focus, more so than on the basics, is on us. … We just have to get better. We have no alternative. We have to get better.”

NOTE: Junior wide receiver Matt Aiken (knee) wore a green noncontact jersey during Monday’s practice, but remains questionable for this week. Aiken missed the first two games. “We just started to work back in [Monday] so we’ll see,” Niumatalolo said. “It’s going to be a day to day thing.”