UCF Football Game Notes - Southern Miss Nov. 13

Nov. 8, 2010

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Saturday, Nov. 13 - Bright House Networks Stadium - 12:00 p.m. ET

TV: CBS College Sports

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 (7-2, 5-0) has the ball:

The Knights held on to win a pivotal game at Houston after defeating the Cougars 40-33 Nov. 5, giving UCF its first ever national ranking. Freshman phenom Jeff Godfrey, had his most spectacular game of the season and proved to be the difference in the match-up after completing 15-of-19 passing for a career high 294 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Godfrey hooked up with one of his favorite targets on the night, senior Jamar Newsome, for a team-high five receptions and 123 yards, but it was A.J. Guyton (44 yards) and Ricky Kay (11 yards) who found the back of the endzone. UCF dominated the Cougars on the ground after accumulating 228 rushing yards and 522 total yards of offense. Godfrey, who accounted for 399 yards of the Knights' offense alone, rushed 20 times for 105 yards and a score, while back-up tailback Latavius Murray also carved up the Cougar defense for 78 yards and a touchdown off of 11 carries. UCF is rolling up an average of 203 rushing yards a game on their opponents, which ranks 21st in the nation. The Knights will face a Southern Miss defense that is giving up an average of 319.7 total yards of offense a game, including only 107 yards on the ground a game. The Golden Eagles finished off Tulane last week after DT Cordarro Law hit Green Wave quarterback Ryan Griffin, who fumbled the ball out of the end zone for a safety with 2:23 remaining, putting Southern Miss ahead 39-30.

When Southern Miss (6-3, 3-2) has the ball:

Southern Miss is the third-consecutive pass-happy offense UCF will face in three weeks. The Golden Eagles are putting up 34.6 points a contest, and are averaging 431 total yards of offense a game, with 236 yards coming through the air. Junior QB Austin Davis struggled last week against the Green Wave after only completing 18-of-35 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. With a struggling passing game, USM was able to rip Tulane for 230 yards and two scores on the ground. Freshman tailback Kendrick Hardy is averaging seven yards a carry, and is steadily coming on for the Eagles after rushing for 311 yards and four touchdowns in his last three performances. Southern Miss will face a Knights' defense that has given up an average of 476.5 total yards of offense in its last two tilts, with 322 yards coming via pass. Even though the Knights' defense has given up a lot of yards against two air-it-out attacks, they have been able to get stops and force turnovers, including a key interception by senior DE Bruce Miller at Houston. Miller dropped back into coverage where he was there to pick off Cougar QB David Piland, and rumble towards the endzone, bowling over would-be tacklers for a 15-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Did you know?

UCF is ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and No. 25 in the AP Poll, which is the first Knights' team to ever be ranked in the FBS in school history...With a record of 7-2 (5-0), the Knights are off to their best start in school history which is tied with the 1998 and 1987 teams...With Jeff Godfrey finding the endzone against Houston, he broke Daunte Culpepper's record for most rushing touchdowns scored by a freshman quarterback...Latavius Murray has now scored in four-consecutive contests, and has tied the UCF record for most touchdowns scored by a backup running back with six...UCF's defense has now found the endzone on five occasions this season, setting the school's FBS record for most touchdowns a UCF defense has scored in a single season...Jeff Godfrey has completed 36-of-49 passing for 631 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in his last three performances.