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More times than not, the UCF defense has proven itself in 2014 as being one of the nation's best.

But historically speaking, is the 2014 UCF defense the best George O'Leary has had at UCF?

The numbers point toward that being true.

  • Through 12 games this season, UCF has the best scoring defense it has had through 12 games in any of O'Leary's 10 seasons in Orlando. The Knights allow an average of 17.9 points per game, which is good for ninth in the nation.

  • Only in 2010 did UCF's defense allow less than 17.9 points per game, but it also played 14 games that season.

  • In O'Leary's tenure at UCF, only one season did he have a better run defense in terms of yards per carry. Thus far in 2014, UCF allows just 3.1 yards per carry. Only four teams have allowed less rushing yards than the Knights, and only Alabama has allowed less rushing touchdowns (3) than the Knights (8).

  • Seven of UCF's eight rushing touchdowns allowed have come within the redzone.

  • UCF's run defense improved by nearly a yard per carry in comparison to last season where it allowed 4 yards per carry.

  • When opponents get within the redzone, the UCF defense maintains its success. The Knights rank ninth in redzone defense.

  • According to teamrankings.com, UCF allows the fourth fewest yards per play.

  • The UCF defense will have a chance to improve its statistics as it squares off against NC State and its 63rd-ranked total offense Dec. 26 at 8 p.m.

  • Wolfpack quarterback Jacoby Brissett has thrown 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions in 2014.

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