Knight Battle

Nov. 19, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - After an exciting finish against the Temple Owls in the City of Brotherly Love, the No. 17/20 UCF Knights (8-1, 5-0) are back in Orlando and are focusing all their energy on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4, 2-3) for a Thursday night ESPN primetime matchup, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.

The Knights are the only remaining undefeated team in American Athletic Conference play and hold the best record in school history through the first nine games of the regular season.

"It just shows how hard we work," said senior offensive lineman Justin McCray. "Good things come to people who work hard and we work really hard in this program."

Even though there is still quite a bit of buzz on campus about the Knights' dramatic win against the Owls, the team had a little time to enjoy the victory but is now concentrating on defeating the Scarlet Knights.

"Coach [O'Leary] always says it was a great win, let's put it past us and the next opponent up is Rutgers," said senior receiver Jeff Godfrey. "We have to be excited about that game and not the last game. The whole team contributed to that win and now it's on to the next opponent."

"We came in Sunday and got a good jump on tape," said senior offensive lineman Justin McCray. "(We are) making sure that we look ahead. It was a great game that we played on Saturday, but on Thursday we need to make sure we're ready for Rutgers and the things they're going to bring to the table."

This will be the least amount of time the Knights have had to prepare for an opponent between games this season. But this isn't UCF head coach George O'Leary's first time in this situation. He knows the drill.

"I always say with a short week you fall back on fundamentals," said O'Leary. "Don't try to reinvent the wheel when you don't have those two extra days to get reps and things. You put some things in that you feel can help you win the game.

"I think everybody is the same, you go out and you have to execute," O'Leary continued. "It's a big national TV game and it should be a whale of a ballgame."

For more from Monday's press conference, watch the video above.



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