Other items from Holliday's press conference and beyond:
For the first time in a press conference, Holliday brought up the names of the men who would be Nos. 4-5 in case they're needed.
"We've got Ardy Holmes and we've got Derek Robinson, two guys that are walk-ons that practice and play, at some point," Holliday said. "If they've got to play, they'll play.
"That's one position, with A.J. Leggett having shoulder surgery and Darryl Roberts breaking his ankle, we went from a lot of depth to being pretty thin there. There are other guys who are going to have to go play. We can't control that."
The Herd did thwart UCF's first three possessions, lapping into the second quarter. The first two were quick disposals: First, Thomas intercepted Blake Bortles on a first-play bomb, and then the Herd allowed 2 yards in a three-and-out. On UCF's next drive, it marched from its 9 to the Marshall 3, but the Knights committed a holding foul and Billy Mitchell picked off Bortles.
The problem was the Herd tripped over itself on offense and gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown to fall behind 7-3. And then Marshall's defense wasn't so good the rest of the second quarter, giving up 211 total yards and three touchdowns.
"I'd like to think we could build on that first quarter," Rippon said. "I thought the first quarter Saturday night was the best quarter we've had all season. Things got out of hand, and against a good team they have a tendency to get ... extended."
"We've made a couple changes personnel-wise," he said. "It's like anything else - guys have to get in position to make a play and you have to make it. Unfortunately that didn't happen last week, and we have to make sure that we get guys in there to make those plays.
"That's what happens to you when guys get banged up and hurt. Your special teams will suffer a little bit because of it. We have to get the right people in the positions and coach the heck out of them."
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