The narrative after No. 15 UCF’s 49-24 victory over UConn wasn’t one of the continued streak of success. Nor was it about another high-scoring, dominant win — the program’s ninth-straight this season.
It wasn’t even about how far the Knights have come in the first year of Scott Frost’s era as head coach.
Instead, it was about the struggle in one quarter of a blowout win.
Members of the media and within fanbase had a field day nitpicking on the third quarter in the win over the Huskies where the Knights failed to record points for just the second time in 2017. Granted, Coach Frost has kept the bar high for his team to perform all season and his players would even comment that it wasn’t their absolute best.
With all that in mind, offensive tackle Wyatt Miller showed us the silver lining.
“As an offense, we haven’t faced much adversity all year and I think that was good for us to kinda say, ‘Hey, obviously our stuff doesn’t work all the time,” he stated. But when it doesn’t work, what do we do? What’s gonna be our response? Are we gonna shut down or are we gonna respond. I felt like we did a good job with keeping the energy high and knowing if it doesn’t work this drive, it’s gonna be the next one. . . Just staying consistent and staying focused and saying we’re gonna get this thing rolling no matter what.”
Going into the final road game of the season against Temple University, Coach Frost imparted this bit of wisdom that shows there is still potential for this Central Florida squad to improve even more.
“I’m still pleased,” he stated. “I’ve been kinda in this place before where you score 49 points and you’re disappointed; when you’re winning games and you’re not elated because you didn’t feel like you played your best. That’s a great place to be in. There’s a few little holes, but the ship isn’t sinking here. I just don’t think we’ve put in a complete game together for a while from an offensive, defensive, and special teams standpoint. To win these last few games, we’re gonna have to be fired on all cylinders in all three phases.”
No.15 UCF and Temple will kickoff Saturday at noon ET from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.