UCF Football Game Notes - Rice Oct. 23

Oct. 18, 2010

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Saturday, Oct. 23 - Bright House Networks Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: Bright House Sports Network

Radio: Radio: UCF-ISP Sports Radio Network- Marc Daniels (play-by-play), Mike Gruttadauria (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 at UCFAthletics.com

When UCF (4-2, 2-0) has the ball:
In a soggy contest that was delayed because of weather at Marshall last week, the Knights were able to grind out a convincing 35-14 win. The Knights proved to be dominant rushing the ball yet again after accumulating 248 yards on the ground, and 386 total yards of offense against the Thundering Herd. The rushing attack included six different Knights, with tailback Ronnie Weaver leading the way, amassing a career high 150 yards on 30 rushing attempts. Quarterback Jeff Godfrey proved to be effective in the red zone after scrambling for two touchdowns and 27 yards, while backup running back Latavius Murray rushed for 33 yards and found the end zone again, making it consecutive contests in which he has done so. Quarterback Rob Calabrese had a touchdown scramble before suffering an injury, and tailback Brendan Kelly and wide receiver Quincy McDuffie both made key contributions to the Knights established run game. The Knights' receivers have lived up to expectations pertaining to depth with the production the position has seen. Receivers Brian Watters (240 yards), A.J. Guyton (201 yards), Kamar Aiken (178 yards) and Jamar Newsome (153 yards) all have over 150 receiving yards through the first six games, giving Godfrey dependable targets across the field. The Owls' defense has forced nine turnovers on the season, but is giving up an average of 438 yards per game.

When Rice (2-5, 1-2) has the ball:
The Rice Owls are coming off of a huge win against Houston after holding off the Cougars for a 34-31 victory. Nick Fanuzzi threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns to lead Rice to the win. The Cougars took a 31-27 lead on a field goal by Matt Hogan with about nine minutes remaining, but Fanuzzi threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald with 4:24 left for the win. The Owls were consistent in their offensive approach to drive the ball down the field through the air and on the ground, accumulating 344 total yards of offense. The offense was efficient on third downs, converting 9-of-16 attempts against Houston. In his last two games, Fanuzzi has completed 37-of-59 passes for 407 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.

Rice will be facing a UCF defense that held its impressive form against Marshall. The Black and Gold allowed only 37 rushing yards and 263 total yards in the victory, helping its campaign in being considered a top-10 defense in multiple categories. The Knights' defense found the end zone again with sophomore cornerback A.J. Bouye picking off Marshall quarterback Brian Anderson, and taking it 42 yards for the score. The pick six by Bouye was the fourth touchdown the Knights' defense scored this season, with three of them coming from interceptions, a new school record.

Did you know?
UCF if off to its best start since 1998 when Daunte Culpepper led the Knights to a 5-1 record in their first six games...UCF is on an eight-game regular season win streak in C-USA play, which is currently one of the longest in-conference streaks only behind Boise State, TCU, ECU and Troy...UCF has rushed for 15 touchdowns in six games this year which is already more than the entire output of six of UCF's 14 previous seasons as a member of the FBS...Former walk-on Ronnie Weaver entered the year with 434 rushing yards on 121 carries from 2008-09, but in 2010, the redshirt junior now leads the Knights with 405 yards and five scores on just 86 attempts...Quarterback Jeff Godfrey has rushed for 310 yards, which marks the first time UCF has seen two players account for at least 300 rushing yards in the first six outings since Mike Huff (374) and Willie English (373) were able to do so in 1993.