UCF vs. Miami- What We Learned

The Knights fell to the ninth-ranked Miami Hurricanes 27-7. Why wasn't the team able to pull off the victory? Probably because they missed on all five of our key's to the game. Check out Inside Knights' What We Learned.

Keys to the Game for the Knights:

1.) Be balanced- The Knights had a balanced offense. They could neither run the ball nor pass it well, and were only good in spots.

2.) Don't give up YAC- The UCF secondary did a solid job of tackling, as yards after the catch was a major concern for the Knights. Unfortunately, the UCF secondary played so far off the Miami receivers, pitch and catch was easy for Jacory Harris and the 'Canes.

3.) Win third down- The Knights weren't terrible on third down, as they converted six of 15 attempts, but they allowed Miami six of 13 on third down which kept alive drives.

4.) Score in the red zone- The red zone was the story of the game as the Knights were just one of three and Miami converted on all three chances.

5.) Play a full game- UCF lost the game in the third period, and their collapse in the fourth was just from having the defense on the field for too long. Miami held the ball for better than 37 minutes to just under 23 minutes for the Knights.

What to Look For:

1.) Brett Hodges to have a big day- Hodges had anything but a big day as he completed just 12 of his 27 pass attempts for 163 yards, with one touchdown and an interception before hurting his elbow in the third period.

2.) Less Brynn- Not only was there less Brynn Harvey in the rushing game, but there was less rushing game as the Knights had just 55 plays. Harvey ran just 12 times for 25 yards.

3.) Homegrown talent- Joe Joseph and Ray Ray Armstrong weren't huge contributors, but both started and tallied three tackles a piece.

4.) A crazy crowd- It was a record crowd at "the cable box," and they were loud as long as there was something to cheer about.

5.) Butting offensive minds- Miami's Mark Whipple was clearly the offensive genius on this day as the 'Canes seemed to be two steps ahead of the Knights.

Predictions:

1.) UCF will beat the spread- Not so much. Miami's 27-7 victory may not have been indicative of the slight difference in talent, but it was good enough to beat the 14-point spread.

2.) Look for Torrell Troup to have a coming out party- Troup was as dominant as ever against a good Miami offensive line, but his stat-line of four tackles will likely keep him in anonymity.

3.) A true frosh will make a big play- None of the true freshman were big factors in this one, although Quincy McDuffie was able to give UCF good field position on some nice kickoff returns.

4.) Miami will have success through the air- Jacory Harris was masterful as he completed 20 of 26 throws for 293 yards, and one touchdown.

5.) Miami attempts and probably converts a trick play- The 'Canes attempted two trick plays, but they didn't net any yards.


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