But really, the same theme resonates through the Knights' defense, and has since O'Leary reshaped the program after a winless 2004 season.
"It's just a tough, tough game, a real tough game," said offensive tackle Garrett Scott. "Not even that they have, like, better players than us, it's not even that. It's just that we go at it head to head, and it's a really physical game."
Safety Kemal Ishmael, like Bouye a senior, recovered a fumble on the UCF 2-yard line at Memphis, a week after his overtime interception won the game against Southern Miss.
Back to the offense, Brynn Harvey is still around in a backfield that features Murray and Miami transfer Storm Johnson. At quarterback, sophomore Blake Bortles has caught on so well that coaches moved Jeff Godfrey to wide receiver.
Bortles has gone four games without throwing an interception, a streak of 147 attempts. He throws enough to average 228.3 yards per game, and he is third in efficiency behind Marshall's Rakeem Cato and Austin Brown of Alabama-Birmingham.
As much as UCF likes to show its muscle, its play-action game also impresses Herd defenders.
"I think they have a quarterback that kind of fits the system, a quarterback that doesn't make mistakes," said end Alex Bazzie. "A quarterback that delivers the ball where [only] his receivers can get it. He kind of takes control of that system.
"And when you face a quarterback that doesn't make mistakes, that quarterback is very deadly."
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