It was a great homecoming for the UCF Knights. On a day that players from previous great UCF teams were honored, this UCF team played like it may be one of the greats. The Knights were in control from beginning to end, beating the Rice Owls 41-14.
Granted, the win was not over a top team, but great teams beat up on lesser opponents, which UCF did.
Jeff Godfrey continues to improve. The true freshman is becoming better at going through his reads and finding the open man. On the first play of the game he delivered a bomb to Kamar Aiken, which later lead to a touchdown. Godfrey both ran and passed for scores.
Ronnie Weaver also continued to impress. The previous walk-on powered his way into the endzone 3 times and continues to be a pleasant surprise at the running back position. This could make for a heck of a unit next season with the return of Brynn Harvey and the addition of transfer Jeff Brinson.
UCF’s defense was also dominant. Rice didn’t cross midfield until the second half and only had 210 yards of offense on the day.
There were a few opportunities for improvement. Nick Cattoi missed an extra point as the kicking game continues to be suspect. Coach O’Leary opted on multiple occasions do go for it on fourth and short rather than attempt field goals. There were also some dropped passes by receivers. Hopefully that will improve as they start seeing more passes come their way.
It was a great day for UCF and their fans. Prior to kickoff those in attendance got to enjoy a flyover and parachuters landing on the field with the game ball. At halftime, former UCF greats Joe Burnett, Kevin Smith and Daunte Culpepper were recognized at midfield. They all received loud ovations from the crowd, and so did the team all game long. It was a great homecoming, and a great day to be a Knight.
UCF is looking forward to arguably their most pivotal game of the season next saturday at home versus East Carolina. Many believe the C-USA crown will be won by one of these two teams. The winner of this game will control their own destiny in reaching the C-USA championship game.
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Written by Marc Cerniglia