Dominant Knights

Nov. 22, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - Thursday night's contest against Rutgers (5-5, 2-4) at Bright House Networks Stadium wasn't as dramatic as last week's win against Temple, but that's exactly what the No. 17/20 Knights (9-1, 6-0) wanted.

The game in Philadelphia saw a total of ten lead changes and a last second win by UCF. This week, the Knights scored on their first drive of the game and kept the lead for good in their 41-17 victory.

It was also the fourth time in conference play UCF gave up 17 points or less on defense. That was something UCF head coach George O'Leary was pleased to see.

"I challenged the defense after last week's game to pick up the competitiveness and I thought they did that," said Coach O'Leary. "They got their hands on a lot of balls today and except for special teams mishaps on the two areas there I thought as a team we played very well."

O'Leary also felt this was one of the team's most complete games of the season. Junior quarterback Blake Bortles (No. 5) is also happy the Knights won by a wider margin than last week.

"I'd rather win like this than the past couple weeks, but a win is a win and we'll take them where we can get them," said Bortles.

For more on UCF's impressive victory against Rutgers, watch the video above.