UCF Plays Host to No. 9 Ranked Miami

Oct. 15, 2009

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No. 9 Miami at UCF sponsored by Holler Classic
Saturday, Oct. 17 ? Bright House Networks Stadium ? 7:30 p.m.
Television: CBS College Sports ? Tom Hart (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (color)
Radio: UCF ISP Sports Radio Network ? Marc Daniels (play-by-play), Gary Parris (color), Jerry O'Neill (sideline reporter), Scott Adams (reporter)
WYGM 740AM - Orlando, WMMV 1350AM Cocoa, WDCF 1350AM - Dade City, WROD 1340AM - Daytona Beach, WMMB 1240AM - Melbourne, WLVJ 1040AM/WKAT 1360 AM - Miami, Fort Lauderdale, South Palm Beach, WPSL 1590AM - Treasure Coast/North Palm Beach, WZHR 1400AM - Zephyrhills
Internet: Live audio and statistics at UCFAthletics.com

When UCF (3-2, 1-2 C-USA) has the ball
The Knights are looking to get things going early and often after coming off a bye week. Again, UCF will look to the arm of quarterback Brett Hodges. Hodges has tallied a 128.86 passer efficiency rating on the season after completing 77-of-125 passes for 908 yards and six touchdowns. On the receiving end of Hodges' passes will be an array of veteran receivers. After sitting out two weeks ago against Memphis, wide receivers Rocky Ross (17 catches, 220 yards, one touchdown) and Kamar Aiken (11 catches, 198 yards, two touchdowns) will be healthy for this Saturday's contest. Also joining them, will be the talents of wide receivers A.J. Guyton (15 catches, 193 yards), Jamar Newsome (15 catches, 131 yards, two touchdowns) and Brian Watters (three catches, 29 yards). The Knights' success in the running game this season can be credited to their sophomore running back Brynn Harvey. Harvey, who rushed for a career-high 219 yards against Memphis, has totaled 128 rushes for 536 yards en route to six rushing touchdowns. The running back's 107.2 rushing yards per game ranks as the 16th best average per game in the nation.

When Miami (4-1, 2-1 ACC) has the ball
With the success of Miami's offense this season, the team's ranking has shot up the list of both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls. Miami is led by its sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris. Harris has completed 85-of-136 passes for 1225 yards and 10 touchdowns. The quarterback, who is listed on the Heisman watch-list, currently ranks as the 25th best quarterback in the nation in passing yards per game. Harris will look to a string of young and talented wide receivers to lead the passing game. The Hurricanes are led by wide receivers Travis Benjamin (11 catches, 234 yards, two touchdowns), Leonard Hankerson (11 catches, 229 yards, one touchdown) and LaRon Byrd (13 catches, 173 yards, one touchdown). Miami's rushing attack is led by running backs Javarris James and Graig Cooper. James has rushed 55 times for 297 yards and three touchdowns, while Cooper has rushed 43 times for 200 yards and one score.

Did you know?
UCF is 11-5 all-time in Bright House Networks Stadium, and 3-0 in 2009 ... Both UCF and Miami are tied for 13th in the nation in tackles-for-loss (7.80 per game) ... Bruce Miller and Jarvis Geathers are tied for the C-USA lead in sacks and rank 19th in the nation ... UCF ranks first in Conference USA, and 15th in the nation, in rushing defense...Through five games, UCF has all ready completed more passes of 20 yards or longer than it did all of last season.

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