The team went with a concrete motif on its new turf, too. (Mike Householder / AP)

Give Eastern Michigan points for thinking outside the box.

The school decided to introduce the team before the season opener Saturday by having players knock down a cinderblock wall with sledgehammers — which is harder than anyone could have imagined, even for big, beefy football players — before they could run out onto their new turf field, which also carries a grey concrete motif. Freed from the tunnel, Eastern went on to beat Morgan State 31-28.

This all came about when first-year coach Chris Creighton said he wants his team to have the attitude that it will play anyone, anywhere. ”We’ll play in a parking lot on glass,” he said this summer (via Yahoo).

On second thought, good thing they went with concrete.