"We had a little penetration, but you've got to get the kick up in the air," Holliday said. "He didn't get height on the kick."
Holliday continued to rave about 5-foot-10 Andre Booker, who handled an outside receiver role usually reserved for taller athletes, and caught his first three passes for 66 yards. His first two receptions went for 28 and 31 yards on long passes, and could have been even longer.
"Booker's got a big ol' heart, man," Holliday said. "Booker's just a fun guy to be around, and he's just a great kid. If you're going to crawl into a foxhole with somebody, Booker is surely one of the guys I'd like to have in there. He'll fight you, and we saw a little bit of that.
"I wish he'd quit falling down when he gets the ball, though. He had a couple of opportunities to score, and he's going so fast he trips over his own feet."
UCF has had an extra week to reevaluate its 2-2 start, which was a few plays from being 4-0.
The Knights opened with a 62-0 rout of Charleston Southern and an impressive 30-3 beating of Boston College, but they enter the Marshall game coming off seven-point losses to Florida International and Brigham Young.
"Central Florida, uncharacteristically on their part, turned the ball over," Holliday said. "That's not a George O'Leary-coached team. Against BYU, they have a muffed punt that cost them the game; FIU, guy had a fumble that was picked up and ran in that cost them the game.
"That's not the way George's teams have won in the past, and I'm sure he got that corrected with the open date he had last week."
O'Leary pretty much confirmed that Tuesday: "Those are games we wish we had back. We can't do the three things that cost us games: Turn the ball over, poor decision making and special teams. We have to improve our return yardage in both punt and kickoff returns.
"We're doing a lot of good things too, gaining over 400 yards and giving up less than 200 yards [per game]. We have to improve the areas we made mistakes in, in order to be successful."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.