Behind a stalwart defense that allowed just one touchdown and forced four turnovers — three interceptions and one fumble recovery — UCF (5-2, 3-0) topped Temple (4-3, 2-2) with a 34-14 win Saturday.
The unit, led by Jordan Ozerities and his eight tackles and one interception, allowed just 182 total yards and limited the Owls to just three of 13 on third down.
Temple's second touchdown was a blocked punt, which was returned by Temple's Samuel Benjamin.
The Knights' defense also produced a couple of game-altering goal line stands. Defensive end Miles Pace praised the student section for its part in the defensive stops.
"The crowd was amazing. They play[ed] a big part in our defense, especially when we were backed up on our goal line," Pace said. "The crowd is loud, so it gets the offense rattled so they won't be able to get a play off. The quarterback or the center couldn't get the snap count."
Head coach George O'Leary was not short on his compliments of the fans, either.
"That caused some issues," O'Leary said. "The student body got louder and louder, which made it a little hard for them [Temple] to communicate on the field. The fans were out tonight. No question."
Temple only converted on one of its three trips to the red zone.
While O'Leary credited the fans, Temple head coach Matt Rhule lauded the UCF defensive line for its success in limiting his team's explosive offense.
"I have to give credit to UCF," Rhule said. "Their defensive line, I felt like, when they needed points, their defensive line played really well."
The Knights' dominant performance all started with a week of full-padded practices. O'Leary said it wasn't as much about the pads, though -- rather, it was the mentality.
"I always believe in full pads," O'Leary said. "These kids have to understand that there is a certain standard in this program, and we weren't meeting it as individuals or as a unit. They understand the culture of the program, but there is a certain standard that we've addressed."
Jacoby Glenn reeled in his fifth interception of the season for the Knights. However, Keith Evans still holds the UCF all-time record for most interceptions in a season, with eight from the 1986 season.
Terrance Plummer finished with five total tackles and one sack.
The Knights will travel to Connecticut to face the UConn Huskies (1-6, 0-4 in AAC) Saturday, Nov. 1, at noon.
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