UCF outplayed Kansas State. It was clear to anyone who watched. Two drives resulting in touchdowns for K-State basically decided the game.
UCF kicker Nick Cattoi missed two field goals–a short chip-shot and a forty-yard-plus that was positioned in the center of the field.
The Knights defense played a stellar game. They shut down Kansas State’s rushing attack, which was one of the best in the country, statistically. In addition to giving up a filed goal, the defense only allowed K-State to move the ball down the field two other times. Once, on a big pass play for a score, and the final drive of the game which Kansas State took the lead 17-13 with just over twenty seconds left. It was their first lead of the game, and the final score.
UCF failed to capitalize and put away their opponent. While the missed field goals were huge, settling for field goal attempts are unacceptable. It was also surprising since UCF came into the game with touchdowns on 9 of 10 redzone appearances on the season.
True freshman QB Jeff Godfrey was exciting with his feet, but missed some plays with his arm. Godfrey made some great moves with his feet and speed, picking up multiple first downs for the Knights. There were a few times, though, in which he missed open receives. He threw a pick in K-State territory. For being a freshman, he played well. Assuming he progresses, there is much to be excited about.
UCF has now rapped up non-conference play and is heading into action versus C-USA opponents. The “real” season begins now. If the defense continues to play the way it has and Godfrey learns his progressions, the Knights could be a force to reckon with in conference.
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Written by Marc Cerniglia