UCF will face East Carolina in its second-to-last game of the season Thursday night at 7:30 in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN.

The Knights (0-10, 0-6 American Athletic Conference) are coming off of a much-needed bye week after beginning the season playing 10 straight weeks.

During the team’s press conference Monday, team captains Thomas Niles, Joseph Puopolo and Cedric Thompson said players had loosened up, began to have a little more fun and realized those were necessary ingredients for a victory.

Although UCF has been outscored by opponents 364-157, it showed signs of life last week against Tulsa when the Knights put up 30 points. It was just the second time all season they had eclipsed the 16-point mark.

Last season, UCF defeated East Carolina (4-6, 2-4 AAC) on a game-ending Hail Mary between Justin Holman and NFL first round draft pick Breshad Perriman to clinch a piece of the AAC title. While the implications in this season’s matchup won’t be as substantial, the Knights still want to win very much.

The Pirates lead the all-time series against the Knights 9-4, but have dropped the last two contests against UCF.


Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JarrodHeil or email him at