3. The UCF defense came through
It’s not like the Marshall offense was cranking up the Chad Pennington, Randy Moss, Doug Chapman days, but it was good for about 400 yards per game, and it had a pounding ground attack that should’ve been able to grind out yards in chunks.
UCF had its moments this year when the defense didn’t clamp down when it needed to, and it gave up a few huge plays.
MU’s Willie Johnson took a pass 70 yards for a touchdown, the running game came up with a couple of big bursts, and Armani Levias made a big grab, but there wasn’t enough explosion to overcome the lack of consistent drives.
The UCF secondary gave MU QB Isaiah Green a long day. Outside of his one pass play to Johnson, he couldn’t do much of anything, completing just 9-of-23 throws.
Leading tackler Nate Evans closed out his career with a bang, making 12 tackles with a sack to go along with other big pressures behind the line. S Richie Grant made ten tackles with the early pick six, and the D as a whole pitched a gem, and …