The Knights are running an average of just 70 plays per game, but they're still sitting at 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Conference USA following their 38-31 double-overtime win over Southern Mississippi.
"It's become not the trade of the game but the tricks of the game," UCF Coach George O'Leary said. "It still comes down to can you block and can you tackle? You can do all of the quick huddle and everything else but eventually you got to block people and eventually you got to tackle people. I think what's happened is that they're counting on the defenses to get short-winded and having trouble subbing in."
O'Leary said teams will have problems initially with the newfangled aspects of the offense, but they'll get more comfortable as time goes on. It's happened in the past with other offensive innovations.
"On defense, back when the wishbone came out, everybody struggled with it the first year then they caught up with it," he said. "Now they're catching up with the spread. It's just that once it is on film, a good coach is going to see what you're doing and their major tendencies."
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TULANE FINALLY notched its first win, 27-26, over Southern Methodist, and gave Coach Curtis Johnson his first victory as a head coach. The Green Wave did things it hadn't all season, Johnson said, like goal-line stops and long touchdown drives.
It's been a trying season for Tulane. Safety Devon Walker remains in an in-patient rehabilitation facility after breaking his neck against Tulsa on Sept. 8.
But Tulane's resiliency is starting to pay off, Johnson said.
"One of the things that was said, even before I got here, was that these guys will quit," he said. "They'll quit. But they've never quit. It was tough sledding for a while there, but they never quit. They continued to play."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.