One Game At A Time



Sept. 24, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. (– The UCF Knights (3-0, 0-0) will compete against the No. 12/13 South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1, 0-0) in front of a sellout crowd on national television as the team tries to finish non-conference play with an undefeated record of 4-0.

The Knights have had a lot of positives to build on with their solid start to the season, but the players and coaches are still taking everything one game at a time. UCF is focused on its fourth one-game season of the year.

“Being 3-0 shows that we’ve come a long way. We still have more to go,” said junior linebacker Terrance Plummer. “We’re trying to be 4-0 heading into conference [play] and our goal is to win conference and make it to a BCS bowl game.”

Saturday’s contest will be the Knights’ first ever game on network television. The team knows their hard work has helped the football program and the school earn this attention, but the players are only focused on what’s going to happen on the field.

“It shows that we have a strong support system,” said junior receiver Rannell Hall. “We have a lot of fans behind our backs and carrying us throughout the season. It’s also a big boost for our football team to just go out and work hard every day and come away with a W.”

This will be the fourth time in school history the Knights will face the Gamecocks and they’re looking for their first win against South Carolina. This is also the first time the two teams will play each other in Orlando.

“We’re going to have to go out and play well on all sides of the ball - offense, defense and special teams,” said Knights’ head coach George O’Leary. “I think it’s like any national game anybody is playing. If you win the game you get great exposure and national attention. It’s just not UCF, it could be anybody playing nationally.”

“I think it’s like anything else,” continued O’Leary. “People make judgments on your program, on your fan base and on a lot of different things – not just the football program.”

To find out more from Monday’s press conference watch the video above.



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