Knights Notebook: UCF 49, ECU 35

Oct. 30, 2010

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By Pat Salvas

Oct. 30, 2010
From Bright House Networks Stadium
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
ECU 7 7 7 14 35
UCF 14 14 7 14 49

One Million Through the Gates

Since Bright House Networks Stadium opened in the Fall of 2007, there have been hundreds of thousands of fans through the gates to see the Knights play. Against ECU on Saturday afternoon, the stadium's attendance reached seven figures.

UCF season ticket holder Jeff Sarver entered the gates of the Bright House Network Stadium on Saturday afternoon like he had many times before. But, unlike those other times when he made his way to his regular seat from the stadium's entrance, today he was stopped and informed that he was the one millionth fan to make their way through the turnstile.

Sarver received several gift packs for his historic entrance. Included in his prizes Saturday were items from Coca-Cola, Beef O'Brady's Bowl and UCF Athletics. Bright House Networks also rewarded Sarver with a laptop.

UCF has one more home game on Nov. 13 against Southern Miss to continue to add to its growing attendance figure at Bright House Networks Stadium.

UCF has now won its last 10 Conference USA games, dating back to last season. The win improves the Knights' record to 4-0 in league play this season and makes them the last undefeated team in the conference in 2010. ECU had previously been unbeaten in C-USA play entering the game and also had a nine-game win streak against league opponents.

Score 40, Win Games
In the last 42 games, the Knights have scored 40 or more points on 26 occasions, including Saturday's win over ECU. Of the 26 total games with 40 or more points, the Knights have won 23. Saturday's 49 points also marked the first time that the team had scored 40 or more in consecutive games since doing so at SMU and UAB in November of 2007.

Punching It In
Latavius Murray rushed for three scores, while Ronnie Weaver ran in two touchdowns in the win. The last time the Knights had two different players rush for multiple touchdowns in the same game was on Sept. 22, 2007 when Kevin Smith ran for three and Michael Grecco ran for two in a 56-20 win over Memphis, also at Bright House Networks Stadium.

Let's go Bowling
The win was the sixth of the season for the Knights. With the victory, UCF becomes bowl eligible in 2010. This is the fastest that the team has become bowl eligible since joining the league in 2005. The 6-2 overall record is the best start to a season since beginning the 1998 season with a 7-2 mark.

Growing at the Position
Entering the game with ECU, quarterback Jeff Godfrey had thrown for two touchdowns all season. Godfrey reached that mark in just the first 6:15 of the first quarter with an 8-yard strike to A.J. Guyton and a 40-yard bomb to Kamar Aiken on the Knights' first two offensive possessions. He also had his second-best passing yardage game of the season, throwing for 159 yards through the air. In his last two games, Godfrey has thrown for 337 yards.

Three Picks
Reggie Weams intercepted ECU quarterback Dominque Davis in the final minutes of the second quarter. Davis was looking deep down the middle, when Weams stepped up and picked off the pass at his own 13-yard line. The interception was the third of the season for Weams, who had just one coming into the 2010 campaign.

17 and Counting
In just the eighth game of the season, the Knights have 17 different players with a touchdown. Kamar Aiken's score in the first quarter was his first of the season. Coming into the game with the Pirates, the Knights were tied with Stanford and Utah for the NCAA lead with 16 different players scoring touchdowns in 2010. The 40-yard TD reception was the longest scoring play of the season for UCF.

Multiple Man
Ronnie Weaver's two scores give him multiple touchdowns in consecutive games after punching it in three times last week against Rice. He also has multiple touchdowns in three of the last four games and four times overall this season.

No Longer Second
ECU held an 8-1 all-time series advantage over UCF leading up to Saturday's game. The Knights came out looking to erase four-straight losses to the Pirates dating back to the 2006 season. UCF's only win over ECU came in their first meeting as conference opponents when the two met on Oct. 29, 2005 with the Knights holding off the Pirates, 30-20, in Greenville, N.C. By halftime, UCF had already scored more points against ECU (28) than it had in the previous two meetings (24) in 2008 and 2009.