The UCF (6-2, 4-0 C-USA) and Marshall (3-5, 2-2 C-USA) matchup started in the MAC conference back in 2002. The Thundering Herd won the 3 games played while both teams were members, but when both schools joined Conference USA, The Knights have subdued Marshall 7 straight years going into Saturday night’s game. With UCF moving on to the Big East next year, this was the last time these two teams played as conference opponents. Marshall came into Week 9 leading C-USA in total offense while the Knights were the conference’s best in total defense which pinned a good matchup even without consider the schools’ history of rivalry. With no love lost between the 2 teams, Marshall players took to the media to express how they feel the Knights don’t respect them:
“If we could put up a sign and say we are hosting tryouts this week for people who want to beat up UCF guys, you know, I think the whole city would come,” said Marshall defensive end Alex Bazzie.
Defensive end Jeremiah Taylor exclaimed, “They feel like they can do whatever on us. And that’s fine, but come Saturday, there’s nowhere to go.”
The Knights kept quiet and when it came to Saturday night, they put their best game together and got the last word with a 54-17 win over Marshall– the most points ever scored against Marshall at Joan C. Edwards Stadium and the biggest victory margin allowed since 1982 against Marshall at home.
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