"I've seen spread offenses be soft. I've seen power, old school, pro (style) teams be soft as well. If you coach them to be soft, they're going to be soft. If you coach them not to be soft, it doesn't matter what offense you run," said Holgorsen, whose team hosts Maryland on Saturday.
The "first-team defense played excellent, so I started to take a lot of those guys out," Holgorsen said. "Once we started taking those guys out, offensively, we moved the ball a little bit, which as a head coach is what you want to see."