OVERALL: No, it wasn't perfect. But given the caliber of the opponent, it is difficult to classify this win as anything other than impressive. In our eyes, the final result deserved a better grade than the various parts.
OFFENSE: One thing was working -- the passing game -- and the staff wisely stuck with it. Sooner or (more likely) later, the Lions will have to be able to run the pigskin.
DEFENSE: A few breakdowns were mitigated by a great goal-line stand and a strong overall effort. UCF finished with 246 total yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Sam Ficken was perfect on FGs and Grant Haley looks like he can be special in the kick return game. But the kick coverage unit was burned for a big one and the punt-return guys seemed out of whack.
COACHING: Franklin and Co. did a nice job against UCF legend George O'Leary.
INTANGIBLES: Impressive to see such a young team perform so well in the clutch.
OTHER GUY: Looked like UCF felt its personnel losses more than Penn State.
OFFICIALS: Some really dicey stuff from the AAC crew in this one. But hey, it was its first game of the year, too.
CROWD: In a word, amazing. Not sure how many other schools -- if any -- could bring this sort of throng overseas.