After a nearly four hour flight from Orlando to El Paso, Texas, the UCF Knights (7-2, 5-0) are getting ready to play the UTEP Miners (2-7 1-4) at the Sun Bowl for the second time in program history.
UCF is 2-1 all-time against the Miners. The two wins for the Knights came in Orlando, including a 31-14 victory last season at Bright House Networks Stadium. In the contest, running back Latavius Murray ran for a career high 233 yards and two touchdowns.
Murray has been on fire the past few games and UTEP head coach Mike Price said in his weekly press conference that Murray should be a first round pick in the NFL Draft. On the season, Murray has ran for 693 yards and 10 touchdowns. In the last three games, the New York native has ran for 513 yards and nine total touchdowns.
On defense, the Knights have given up no more than 17 points in each of the last three contests and UCF remains in first place in Conference USA in scoring defense, giving up an average of only 20.9 points per game. Senior defensive end Troy Davis continues to have a standout season. Last week, he was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week for his two sacks and five tackles against SMU. The Georgia native leads the Knights in sacks with 6.5.
The Knights currently remain in first place in the Conference USA East Division by one game ahead of East Carolina. The only other undefeated team in C-USA is Tulsa at 5-0 and next week UCF will travel to H.A. Chapman Stadium to face the Golden Hurricane.
Saturday's forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of rain with the projected high at 76 degrees and the projected low at 44 degrees.
Want to go in-depth to learn more about UCF and UTEP and their matchup tomorrow? Click on the links below for the media notes, distributed by the communications staff of both squads.
UCF Athletics.com - BLOG: Learning From The Last Trip To El Paso
UCF Athletics.com - BLOG: Knights Ready For Tenth One-Game Season
Orlando Sentinel - Few UCF players were part of last loss at UTEP
El Paso Times- UTEP Football: Sullivan prepares for more action
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox College Sports and the UCF-IMG College Radio Network. At the top of this blog is a quick preview of Saturday's game with "The Voice of the Knights" Marc Daniels and UCF color analyst Mike Gruttadauria.