George O'Leary had waited all season for his offense to put together a complete performance. Against the nation's ninth-best scoring defense, O'Leary's wait ended Saturday.
UCF's offensive attack erupted for 466 total yards, 336 passing yards and 86 total plays en route to a 34-14 victory over Temple.
"I thought offensive was productive as far as making plays when they had to make them," O'Leary said. "I thought the work this week with offense showed the difference."
For a team that had scored just 16 first-quarter points all season, the Knights started fast and jumped out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead. A physical week of practice that featured full pads on Monday proved to play a role in curbing the team's running-game woes and its struggle to score early in games.
In the first quarter, sophomore quarterback Justin Holman connected with J.J. Worton on a 25-yard touchdown to cap off a 75-yard drive on the game's opening possession -- a drive in which sophomore tailback William Stanback rushed for 30 yards.
O'Leary and the coaching staff pushed an up-tempo attack throughout the week, which translated to its best statistical game of the season.
"The up-tempo, that helped a lot. It made the defense get into their looks quicker so that helped me out making my reads," Holman said. "In the first quarter, we had a lot of first downs and we were moving the ball."
The offense maintained balance and was able to run with power when necessary. Stanback bulldozed his way across the goal line for two rushing touchdowns, while the big plays came by way of Holman and the passing game.
"The running game, that's what set up the passing game for me," Holman said. "I love our [offensive] line. They came out and took that challenge personally and they came out and moved the ball in the run game."
With starting center Joey Grant out with an injury, Jason Rae got the start at center and Tarik Milner earned the start at left guard. Both players have seen snaps throughout the season, but not as starters. UCF was able to convert on 11 of 20 third downs, which led to it possessing the ball for 38:46.
Holman had a big day, setting a career high in passing yards, as he completed 25 of 39 passes for a career-high 336 yards yards and two touchdowns. Breshad Perriman hauled in seven passes for 146 yards and a 54-yard touchdown.
"It was about focus," Holman said. "Just focusing on each and every single play, and making sure it's a championship play, and that's what makes a championship game."
With the victory, UCF is now on a five-game winning streak, and will return to the field against UConn on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
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