Sept. 21, 2007
Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF football team will open its Conference USA schedule at home on Saturday as the Knights face East Division-foe Memphis in a league match-up at 3:30 p.m. UCF holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Tigers and has won both contests as respective members of C-USA, including a 26-24 victory at the Liberty Bowl a year ago.
The Knights are in the midst of a three-game homestand at Bright House Networks Stadium. It's the longest home stint for UCF since the 2002 season. This is the third-straight year that UCF will open C-USA play at its home stadium, while Memphis will open league play on the road for the 10th-straight year.
UCF dropped its inaugural game at the brand new on-campus stadium last Saturday, falling 35-32 in No. 6 Texas in front of a sellout crowd of 45,622.The Tigers are coming off a 35-14 victory over NCAA Championship Subdivision member Jacksonville State. Memphis dropped its opener to Ole Miss, 23-21.
The game will feature a pair of a different types of offenses. The Knights havee a potent rushing attack led by junior Kevin Smith, who leads the nation with an 183.00 ypg average. In retrospect, Memphis has passed for 644 yards through two games and Tiger QB Martin Hankins had 60 pass attempts in the season-opener vs. Ole Miss. UCF signal caller Kyle Israel has only attempted 51 passes through the Knights' first two games.
The first conference match-up at Bright House Networks Stadium will be televised live regionally on CSS (Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. Bob Neal will have the call and Chuck Oliver will serve as the color analyst. Mike Nabors will be the sideline reporter.
In the Sunshine State, the contest can be heard on the UCF-ISP Sports Network and its flagship station, WQTM 740-AM in Orlando. Network affiliates include WMMV 1350-AM (Cocoa), WDCF 1350-AM (Dade City), WORD 1340-AM (Daytona Beach), WMMB 1240-AM (Melbourne), WLVJ 1040-AM/WKAT 1360-AM (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, South Palm Beach County), WPSL 1590-AM (Treasure Coast, North Palm Beach County) and WZHR-1400-AM (Zephyrhills).
Marc Daniels will provide the play-by-play, Gary Parris will have the analysis and Jerry O'Neill will man the sidelines for the UCF broadcast. Scott Adams is the studio host.
Live statistics and audio can be found at www.ucfathletics.com.
For information about the stadium and parking, visit www.ucfgameday.com.
Limited single-game tickets are still available for the game with Memphis. Tickets for UCF's four other contests this season at home can be purchased by calling 407-UCF-1000.
UCF fans can still commemorate the Knights' inaugural game at Bright House Networks Stadium by purchasing a limited edition panoramic photograph from www.ucfphotos.com. The exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pics, www.ucfphotos.com, is offering special 12x36 prints of the stadium during the Knights' game with the Longhorns.
For the latest news and information on the Knights, tickets or apparel log on to www.ucfathletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. Also check out www.ucfphotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pics.