With such a volatile offense on the opposite sideline, it will be critical for UCF to sustain drives on Saturday night in Huntington, W.Va. But Knights coach George O’Leary said that responsibility does not fall solely on RB Latavius Murray and the run game.
“We got to be able to pass the ball and run the ball, I don’t think you go into a game saying just run the ball,” O’Leary told the Sentinel after practice Thursday. “We got to take what the defense gives us, really, that’s what we’ve always done. I think we have to be sharp and make good decisions with your quarterback and go from there. We’re not going up there just to run the ball. I think that’s part of our gameplan every week. I think the big thing is you got to be able to run and throw with consistency and move the chains.”
Certainly Murray will be a big part of that, though. He will get the starting nod this week, and for the first time possibly this season the plan will be for the redshirt senior to receive the large majority of the carries with Storm Johnson and Brynn Harvey only spelling him in brief stints.
The Knights had used a running back rotation for most of the season.
On the line Saturday night is control of the C-USA East Division, and O’Leary said his team knows what is at stake.
“Every game is that way for us,” O’Leary said. “They understand, they’ve been to Marshall before and they understand what’s going on there. I think the big thing is it’s a conference game and the implications are we’re one ahead of them, so if you want to stay one ahead you’ve got to win. Simple as that.”