Sep 3, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Chip Fontanazza
The Knights and FIU come into Friday night's game with their all-time series tied 1-1 with each win being a home victory for that squad. UCF is hoping to change that on Saturday and earn their first road win of the season and in the series.
"We take it one game at a time," said senior wide receiver Jeff Godfrey. "We're preparing every day and treating every day like it's a game day. We're working very hard out there on both sides of the ball."
Last season, UCF defeated the Panthers 33-20 in their home opener. This contest is also the first in-state opponent the Knights will face on their schedule. Many of the players on both rosters have played against each other in high school and some have even played on the same teams.
Back in 2011, the Knights first trip to Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium, UCF came up short against the Panthers 17-10. That loss is motivation for the team as it tries to come away with its first victory in Miami.
"Preparation is key going down there," said junior safety Brandon Alexander. "We're playing each game like it's a conference championship. We'll be prepared and we'll be ready."
"I wrote down the remarks I made last time we came back from there on offense, defense and the kicking game," said UCF head coach George O'Leary. "You just can't turn the ball over and create that many sacks and tackles for losses. We had our opportunities, we just didn't take advantage of them."
This time the Knights plan to take advantage of all of their opportunities against the Panthers.
"A lot of players still have a bad taste in their mouth about what happened two years ago," said Alexander. "Every day we're just preparing for what's coming up on Friday."
For more on the Knights' game against FIU, watch part of Tuesday's press conference above.