Photo taken and edited by Jessica Reuter
It definitely wasn't a 1990's Buffalo Bills game, but it felt like it as the deafening roar of "BRUUUUUUCE" could be heard from end to end in Bright House Networks Stadium Sunday night.
Defensive end Bruce Miller was instrumental in the Knights' 21-20 comeback victory over the Thundering Herd, putting them on the fast track to C-USA East Division Champion contention.
Miller recorded a team-high 10 tackles against Marshall, including three tackles for a loss, and 2.5 sacks. What's more, with 2:12 left to play in the fourth quarter, Miller tore the ball away from Herd quarterback Brian Anderson, turning possession over to the Knights in what became a game-winning touchdown drive.
For this poignant performance, along with two forced hurries and a broken up pass, Miller was named this week's C-USA Defensive Player of the Week .
"I think he's exceptional," Coach George O'Leary said about Miller after the win. "He is like every good pass rusher, because they are always great second-effort players and they come to play. He was saying on the sideline 'Just hold him up and I will get it out,' and he did."
Miller told the media that the win against Marshall was a "huge boost" for UCF. High confidence to match the bag of offensive and defensive tricks that the Knights have been displaying in games of late is definitely essential for an on-the-road matchup next week against No. 2 ranked Texas.
This week's star defensive end is sure that his team is gaining momentum.
"It's huge for us, especially going in this weekend against Texas and three big conference games after that," he said.
Duly noted. The Knights will play Houston at Bright House on Nov. 14, followed by the Tulane Green Wave on Nov. 21, and will wrap up the regular season on the road against UAB on Nov. 28. If the black and gold can win these important conference games through the month of November, they are likely to be be bowl bound.