The last time the Knights (7-2, 5-0) traveled to El Paso, Texas the squad experienced one of its worst losses in the last five years losing to the UTEP Miners (2-7, 1-4) 58-13.
Even though a good majority of the current Knights weren't on that trip or even on the team at that time, the seniors played in the game will be doing what they can to come away with a big victory in the Lone Star State.
"That was my first start and it was embarrassing," senior and wide receiver Rob Calabrese said. "There were a couple guys here on that trip. Again we want to go back there and get a win this time and make it a lot better trip."
Fellow seniors Latavius Murray and Brynn Harvey also played in that game. Calabrese said he and Harvey have talked about the disappointing loss a few times this week and are using that as motivation for this year's trip to El Paso.
"It's something we don't want to look back at, but we have to and we're ready to play this week," Calabrese said. "You always want to forget a game like that, but you have to learn from it."
One area the Knights are hoping to have success in is the offense. UCF has averaged 43.7 points per game in the last three contests. The squad will face the Miners' fifth ranked scoring defense in Conference USA.
In the non-conference portion of their schedule, UTEP has faced teams from the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten conferences. Despite its 2-7 record, the Knights know they have their work cut out for them.
"They're a lot better than their record says they are," Calabrese said. "Defensively, they play with great effort and they do a lot of different things. It's something we need to work on this week in practice and more importantly in the film room."
"It's hard not to look at the other scores, but you can't really tell how good a team is by how they played someone else," Garvy said. "We may match up to a team differently than an East Carolina or a Southern Miss. We always have to focus on ourselves first."