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Brian Anderson went just 7 of 16 for 30 yards at Southern Miss. He was pulled for backup A.J. Graham, who completed 10 of 12 passes before injuring his right ankle.

Graham has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game, meaning Anderson will get his 20th consecutive start. Anderson has been solid at home, completing 41 of 59 passes for 524 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions in two games this season.

O'Leary has been rotating freshman Jeff Godfrey and Rob Calabrese at quarterback with success.

Holliday, a former assistant coach at West Virginia, said he tried to recruit Godfrey, who leads UCF in rushing at 57 yards per game and is averaging 106 yards through the air.

Godfrey “is giving them a whole new dimension on offense,” Holliday said. “Where he creates issues is when he improvises. We have to try and contain him and do a good job of keeping him in the pocket.”

The game will feature two of the conference’s top defensive ends in UCF’s Bruce Miller and Marshall’s Vinny Curry, the nation’s sack leader with eight.

Marshall knows all about Miller, the 2009 conference defensive player of the year.

In the fourth quarter last year, Miller stripped the ball from Anderson, UCF recovered and eventually scored the go-ahead touchdown with 23 seconds left in a 21-20 win. That started a six-game conference winning streak.

“That play was the difference in our season,” O'Leary said.

The Knights have made big plays a mainstay on defense this year, forcing three turnovers in last week’s 42-7 win over UAB. Two of them were returned for touchdowns.

“Our defense has been pretty stingy since we’ve been here,” O'Leary said. “We’re not as stout up front as we’d like to be. But they’re getting off of blocks and making a lot of plays and making a lot of third-down plays, which I think is critical if you’re going to be off the field.”