HUNTINGTON - Let us bust the myth right now, the one where George O'Leary's Central Florida teams like to just line up and pound the ball up the middle on every snap.
Not that the Knights don't enjoy doing that, but . . .
"They pound it 15 percent of the game, 20 percent of the game," said Chris Rippon, Marshall's defensive coordinator.
One in five, one in six plays, that's all. Still, the Knights are not exactly known for "grass basketball" - they haven't averaged 400 total yards a game two consecutive years since 2001-02, in the trash-talkin' Mike Kruczek era.
So what all do these guys do?
"The offense is centered on that [power running]. But the more people you put in the 'box,' the more opportunity they have of getting it out on the perimeter," Rippon said. "They're not a high-tempo, run 100 plays - that's not what [O'Leary] wants. He wants to keep the other team's offense off the field.
"But he's going to be in a two backs, a tight end, two wides; three wides, two backs; three wides, a tight end and a back; four wides; two tight ends, a wide receiver ... he's got every formation group, one tight end, four wide receivers. He's got every formation.
"So everybody says, 'He's pounding, he's pounding.' Yes, he's pounding you to open up everything else, and the second you spread yourself out he comes back and he pounds you, pounds you, pounds you. And they're good at it."
In other words, the Knights are really as diverse on offense as anybody, and Rippon's defense could see it all Saturday night. The teams meet at 8 p.m. Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, in a game with major Conference USA East Division implications.
Charlie Taafe, head coach at The Citadel in another Thundering Herd era, is in his fourth year as O'Leary's offensive coordinator. That's a constant, but the man behind center hasn't been - when Blake Bortles takes the field Saturday, he will be the sixth UCF starting quarterback the Herd as faced in seven years.
In 2010 and 2011, it was Jeff Godfrey, since moved to receiver. In 2009, Brett Hodges; in 2008, Rob Calabrese, still around as a receiver; in 2007, Kyle Israel; and 2006, Steven Moffett.
O'Leary and Taafe, who has coached every offense from wishbone to wildcat, has adapted to all. Bortles has adapted to them, too, and all teammates around him.