UCF-USF Postgame Notes

Sept. 6, 2008

Recap | Final Stats

Team Notes

- The last time UCF played an overtime game was Dec. 24, 2005, in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, when the Knights fell to Nevada 49-48.
- UCF is now 0-5 in overtime games since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 1996.
- The announced attendance of 46,805 is the largest home crowd in Bright House Networks Stadium history and the third-largest home crowd in UCF history.
- The meeting was the fourth all-time between the Bulls and the Knights, separated by just under 100 miles of Florida's highways. USF now leads the series 4-0.
- At least 45,000 fans have attended each of the four meetings between the two schools.
- Saturday's game was the second against a ranked foe at Bright House Networks Stadium (the Knights fell 35-32 to No. 6 Texas on Sept. 15, 2007.
- The loss snaps the Knights' seven-game home winning streak, tied for the eighth-longest active streak nationally heading into Saturday.
- With Johnell Neal's second-quarter interception, the Knights now have a pick in 10 consecutive games.
- The UCF defense sacked USF quarterback Matt Grothe three times for 22 yards. - UCF was penalized 12 times for 149 yards in the game.
- The Knights are 11-13 all-time against schools from the Sunshine State since the program's inception in 1979.

Individual Notes

- Junior Michael Greco finished 17-for-32 for 150 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 51 rushing yards on six carries, including a career-long 31-yard run in the fourth quarter.
- Greco set career highs for completions, attempts, passing touchdowns and longest rush.
- Greco's touchdown pass to Corey Rabazinski in the fourth quarter was the first of the quarterback's career.
- Senior Joe Burnett's 91-yard kickoff return for a TD was his first in his career and the eighth-longest in school history.
- Burnett becomes the first UCF player to return both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in his career. The TD was his fourth career return touchdown.
- Burnett extended the Conference USA career punt return record to 1,079 yards. The NCAA's active leader in punt return yardage returned three punts for 71 yards in the contest.
- Burnett blocked Delbert Alvarado's 46-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter, his first career field goal blocked. It was the first FG blocked since Johnell Neal blocked a kick on Sept. 22, 2007, against Memphis.
- Senior Johnell Neal tallied his ninth career interception in the second quarter. The Knights' starting secondary has 37 interceptions in 142 career starts.
- Sophomore Lawrence Young had eight tackles, including a career-high three and a half tackles for a loss. He added a sack in the contest.
- Freshman Nick Cattoi connected on his first career field goal attempt, a 38-yarder with 2:49 remaining in the second quarter. He also went 3-for-3 on extra points in his collegiate debut.
- Sophomore Bruce Miller notched his first career interception in the fourth quarter.
- Senior left tackle Patrick Brown started his 40th game, the most by any senior in the nation at his position.
- George O'Leary selects a pair of players to serve as captains for each game. Senior Jason Venson (defense) and senior Rocky Ross (offense) were awarded the distinction against USF.