UCF RB's Latavius Murray, Storm Johnson bring contrasting styles

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Storm Johnson leads the Knights rushing attack, but Latavius Murray has emerged as a solid compliment.

The UCF Knights improved to 4-2 with a 38-31 overtime victory against Southern Miss on Saturday and a big part of the Knights' success was their running back duo of Storm Johnson and Latavius Murray.

Just as he has all season, Johnson led the Knights rushing attack on Saturday, but Murray emerged as a compliment in the power running game. Johnson rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while Murray added 52 yards and two touchdowns on 11 attempts.

Johnson is known for his big play ability and can explode for a long touchdown on any play, but Murray was able to compliment that with a straight ahead tough running approach. Murray was effective in short yardage late in the game against Southern Miss, including the game-winning 4-yard touchdown run.

After the game, head coach George O'Leary praised both players saying he thinks good players rise to the occasion. The Knights currently hold the lead in the Conference USA East division and if they are able to stay there, the combination of Murray and Johnson may be a big reason why.

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