Gus Malzahn and the UCF Knights looked like they were going to improve to 3-1 with a win over a Navy squad that entered Saturday afternoon’s game with an 0-3 record.
The Knights held a 30-17 lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Midshipmen kept chipping away at UCF’s lead.
Late in the fourth quarter, Navy plunged into the end zone to take a 34-30 lead, as you can see below:
Navy was down 30-17 entering the 4th quarter… They’re now up 34-30 with 3 minutes remaining!! pic.twitter.com/E44T3FsUZJ
— ✯✯✯✯✯ (@FTBVids_YT) October 2, 2021
That lead would hold, as UCF’s last-ditch effort to march down the field came up short.
Now, the Knights are 2-2 and fans aren’t loving that start from the Malzahn era. Media members and fans took to Twitter to call out the first-year UCF coach:
We’re four games in and I’ve learned Gus Malzahn is practically incapable of calling plays in critical, crunch-time drives. Unreal. Way too cute.
— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) October 2, 2021
UCF drove right down the field, then Gus Malzahn’s play-calling got weird.
Joey Gatewood comes in on 1st down, does nothing. Then a strange sweep play on 3rd down. Now it’s 4th down in the red zone, down 34-30 with 34 seconds left.
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) October 2, 2021
The Gus Malzahn effect is real
— CB (@LCB3_) October 2, 2021
i know it’s early but it feels like things may not work out for Gus Malzahn and UCF
— 👻Coach Collins👻 (@MagnaCarterLive) October 2, 2021
Welcome to the Gus Malzahn experience 😂🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/wo1TNldMGD
— Joe Hunk (@JoeHunk) October 2, 2021
Tough day for the former NCAA Champs UCF. Losing to Navy. Gus Malzahn clearly not ready for the 0-3 Midshipmen
— MSully10 (@MartySullivan10) October 2, 2021
Gus Malzahn can go ahead and leave Orlando
— Danny Peterson (@dannypinnyc) October 2, 2021
WINLESS NAVY COMES BACK AND TAKES DOWN FAKE NATTY WINNERS UCF!!!! GUS MALZAHN ON THE HAWT SEAT 🔥
— JosD (@Jduham) October 2, 2021
Remember when Gus Malzahn was the steal of the offseason for coaches and now he just lost to a GARBAGE Navy team
— Mark Franco (@FrancoMark89) October 2, 2021
No lead is safe when Gus Malzahn is your head coach. Classic sweatervest
— 𝘽𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧 (@BakeK82) October 2, 2021
Can the Knights turn things around? If not, Malzahn’s seat will continue to heat up.