Last night UCF football played host to FIU in the sixth matchup between the two sides since 2011. This year came with a new head coach for FIU, the infamous Butch Davis, and some controversy before the game even started. It was regarding uniforms and the Knights wanting to wear white uniforms due to the marketing team calling the game “Frost Warning”. This involved the fans wearing white to the game.
Well in NCAA the rules state home team can dictate the uniforms as long as the visiting team complies so when the Knights filed to wear white Davis and crew said no we are not going to comply and we are going to wear white. That left the Knights with no options but to wear one of their dark color uniforms per NCAA rules. Last season UCF wore their darks on the road in FIU as a favor to FIU.
Anyway to the play on the field and there was a message behind the Knights’ first TD and subsequent PAT attempt which turned into a two point conversion. The message was we don’t appreciate what you did and that they kept our foot on the pedal the entire half. The Knights won last year’s game, 53-14, and it was the largest margin of victory in the series between the two schools. Well, that wasn’t good enough for Frost and Company this year as they went onto win, 61-17.
Let’s look at a few takeaways from the game.
First, the offensive line play was much improved from where they were last year. McKenzie Milton was getting time to throw the ball and step up in the pocket. Speaking of Milton he also grew leaps and bounds from where he was last year his accuracy was much better and his decision making was a lot better.
UCF Football needs to work on its secondary. At times it looked weak, but this could have just been chalked up to first game jitters. Field goal kicking needs to improve as the team missed a field goal wide and an extra point. The running game didn’t look to be as good as it was last year but that could be a credit to FIU’s defensive line more than anything.
Next up for UCF Football is the Tigers of Memphis and it will be a pivotal conference match with the team many are predicting to win the West Division of the AAC. If UCF wants to win this game, then the defense will need to stop the aerial attack of Memphis no small feat for any team.
Here’s my video cast Frosty Knights with KOLD and ESPO sponsored by Sam Unger Realtor Frosty Knights with KOLD and ESPO
Oh and one last thing hey school that is directionally challenged (cough cough USF) that is how you take care of your first opponent.