UCF players vow to bounce back from disappointing loss at FIU
September 20, 2011, 5:15 am
One after another, the Knights lined up to accept the blame. UCF sophomore quarterback Jeff Godfrey went first, taking “full blame” minutes after the Knights’ humbling 17-10 loss at FIU Saturday night. Offensive linemen Nick Pieschel and Jordan Rae were next in line, accepting responsibility Monday. And senior tight end Adam Nissley wasn’t far behind.
“It was a tough one,” Rae said. “We beat ourselves. Me being the center, I’ve got to do a better job of getting the guys ready to go and coming back and working 100 percent. … We’re going to use it and learn from it.”
The Knights are a caustic combination of frustrated, angry, disappointed and plain mad they failed to live up to their potential.
UCF coach George O’Leary and his staff led fiery practices Sunday and Monday, helping the Knights (2-1) focus on correcting mistakes and prepare to take on BYU (1-2) Friday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m., and the game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN.
“The problem was, basically, I thought FIU went out and played harder than we did,” O’Leary said. “Simple as that. And I give them credit for that.” O’Leary stressed the problem will be fixed this week.