What We Learned Against Houston

The Knights notched their first victory over a ranked team as they beat the Houston Cougars, 37-32. Let's see how our keys to victory played out.

Keys to the Game for the Knights

1.) Avoid short drives- UCF began the game with short drives on their first four possessions before breaking through in the second period. The team then controlled the clock and kept the Cougars offense on the sideline.

2.) Convert in the red zone- The Knights converted on all four red zone opportunities and scored touchdowns on three of them.

3.) Win first down on offense- UCF struggled early on first down and weren't able to move the football. Once the offense improved on first down, the scoreboard started lighting up.

4.) Make Keenum uncomfortable- The Knights registered just two sacks, but they pressured Case Keenum enough to force him into some errant tosses.

5.) Don't let Houston run the ball- The Cougars running game was mostly non-existent as they finished with just 46 yards on 15 attempts.

What to Look For:

Look for the Knights in black. The Knights wore their black jerseys with white pants, but it didn't seem to intimidate the visiting Cougars early on. The team then responded (not sure if it was due to the garment choice) by dominating the game from the second quarter on.

Look for a big crowd. Oops. The UCF crowd was sparse on a picture perfect 75 degree day. 34,437 was the final tally. Not a good showing for Homecoming.

Look for more Jonathan Davis. Davis was a nice compliment to Brynn Harvey as he carried the ball eight times for 27 yards, including a four-yard touchdown run.

Look for plenty of points on the scoreboard. The combined 69 points was over the line of 64, but most of Houston's offense came when the outcome was already in hand.

Look for someones C-USA title hopes to be thrashed. The Cougars went from being in the driver's seat the the C-USA West to now hoping for an SMU loss.


1.) Case Keenum furthers his argument to win the Heisman- Keenum will be just a blip on the Heisman radar as he was all but shut down by the UCF defense until it was too late. 2.) James Cleveland finds the end zone multiple times- Cleveland caught eight passes for 88 yards, but didn't find pay-dirt. 3.) Whoever wins the first half wins the game- Not exactly true. Houston was ahead on the scoreboard, 17-10, but the game turned in the Knights direction in the second period as they held the Cougars offense to just four plays.

4.) Brett Hodges has a big day- Hodges was steady and efficient as he completed 21 of his 25 pass attempts for 241 yards and a touchdown.

5.) UCF doesn't beat the spread-UCF didn't just beat the spread, they annihilated it as they won the game outright, 37-32.

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