Nov. 25, 2011
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By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF head coach George O'Leary met with the media following the Knights' 31-14 victory over UTEP Friday in Orlando.
Head Coach George O'Leary
Nov. 25 vs. UTEP
"I'm happy for the senior class on senior night, their last game they go out winners. I told the team at the end of the game that I thought we played hard all year. We weren't as successful as we would've liked to be but I do think we played well, just came up a possession or a stop short each of those games. I thought the kids went out today and executed on offense, made big plays on defense minus the end of the fourth quarter."
On what could have been...
"Basically, I thought there were six games that one play away in each direction could have changed the game. It was a tough season as far as expectation level. I was concerned last February about the youth of the football team but I thought (as the year went on) the younger kids got better. Except the SMU game, we could've won every game."
On Latavius Murray's outstanding game...
"Over 200 yards. He's a tough kid to tackle, makes defenders miss. I wish he would've made that one tough catch down the sideline where he jumped up and the guy ripped it out. He had a good night. I think any time you rush for over 200 yards it's a good night."
On the team looking ahead...
"I thought we were ready to play every game this year except for Dallas. I think we grow and learn from these tough losses. We only lose 12 kids, three on offense and two on defense for the whole team. There is a lot of work to be done in the offseason but a great nucleus to work with coming back."
On the UCF quarterbacks...
"(Jeff) Godfrey went a couple series and then I put (Blake) Bortles in, giving us the best opportunity to win the game. Every college Division I has a first string and a second-string guy, but the other guy had better be ready to play because they are a (twisted) ankle away. I don't get overly concerned if someone's feelings are hurt one way or the other. You have to deal with that at this level and you have to compete. I wish we had the same competition at every position."