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Sept. 11, 2011

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By Eric DeSalvo

UCF vs. Boston College
Sept. 10, 2011
From Bright House Networks Stadium
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Boston College 3 0 0 0 3
UCF 3 6 0 21 30

Families UKNIGHT at Boston College Game
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Every year parents head to UCF in droves to check up on their children and to take in an exciting football game at Bright House Networks Stadium. This year was no different as 45,671 fans piled into see the Knights take on Boston College in a prime time affair. With a total enrollment of 56,235, the second largest in the nation, the amount of proud parents gathering in East Orlando was quite impressive.

Starting at Noon, the aroma of hamburgers, hot dogs, brauts and steaks filled the air as fans enjoyed tailgating all over UCF's campus. From Memory Mall extending all the way to Alafaya Trail, students and parents partook in music, laughs, games and food. Making the trip from Vero Beach, William Blythe was enjoying time with his sons Daniel and Patrick. His third trip for family weekend was just as special as the previous two.

"Whenever I have a chance to visit my sons, it is always a great weekend," Blythe said. "Making the trek to Orlando once a year at this time is always a joy. The growth this campus has seen the past three years in unreal. I hope to make it back every year for this."

A special treat this family weekend for the UCF crowd was a chance to thank all of the military personnel for their tireless efforts defending freedom in the United States. During a third quarter timeout, fans rose to their feet to thank troops who saluted the crowd from the north endzone.

Another touching moment came during the ensuing timeout when fans gave a standing ovation to Welles Crowther's two sisters, Paige Crowther and Honor Fagan. Crowther's, a former Boston College lacrosse player, lost his life on September 11, 2001, while rescuing many co-workers from the South Tower of the World Trade Center. His trademark red bandana, which he kept with him everyday since he was eight years old, was worn by thousands of students, parents and fans inside Bright House Networks Stadium as a tribute to the late hero.

With students, parents, military personnel and the Crowther sisters in attendance, family weekend at UCF lived up to being a special event of the year once more.

Off to a Hot Start
After blowing by Boston College, 30-3, the Knights are off to their best start in over a decade. The team's 2-0 record matches the 1998 squad that was led by former UCF-great Daunte Culpepper when they knocked off Louisiana Tech and Eastern Illinois. The Knights' win over the Eagles marks the first time ever that UCF has defeated a BCS opponent at home.

On the Mark
Sophomore quarterback Jeff Godfrey continued his assault on opponents when he connected on a career-best 20 completions for 187 yards. He tied a career-high with 25 attempts, and was the second-leading rusher on the team with 69 yards. The second-year sensation ran in two more touchdowns against the Eagles, and now has five on the year and 15 for his career.

Don't Tread on Me
So far in 2011 the UCF defense is in a league of its own, limiting opponents to just three points and 260 total yards of offense in the first two games of the season. The Knights held Boston College to just 84 yards passing, and have yet to allow 100 passing yards in a game this season. Senior middle linebacker Josh Linam led the way with six tackles, a sack, a tackle-for-loss and his second-career interception. UCF totaled three sacks on the night and six TFL against the Eagles.

Reeling it in
Junior wide receiver and special teams ace Quincy McDuffie made his presence felt in the passing game Saturday night. The former Edgewater standout reeled in career-high five balls. Fifth-year wide out A.J. Guyton was no slouch either, catching five of his own on the night and cracking the century mark in career receptions. The Homestead native now owns 101 catches in a Knight uniform.

Kicking it into High Gear
Seniors Nick Cattoi and David Bohner paid dividends for the Knights on the special teams unit. Cattoi connected on all three field goal attempts to score the first nine points of the game. He also was perfect on extra points, banging through three for the team. Bohner was a force in the punting game, pinning back the Eagles inside the 20 yard line twice. The North Carolina native also blasted a career-long 52-yard punt in the game.

The Closer
Latavius Murray provided the combination of strength and speed the Knights needed to finish off Boston College. The junior from New York led the team with 72 yards on the ground and punched in his third touchdown of the season on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Murray also pitched in with an 18-yard grab to help UCF to it's final touchdown on the night.

-UCF won its 21st game (21-8) at Bright House Networks Stadium as the facility is in its fifth year of hosting the Knights.
-UCF also won its first home game against a school from a BCS automatically qualifying conference (entered Saturday 0-10 at home).
-Dating back to last year, UCF has won six-straight games and 11 of its last 12 contests.
-Head coach George O'Leary won his 99th-career game Saturday.
-Ronnie Weaver was the only Knight who started both the 2008 and 2011 games against Boston College (Adam Nissley started in 2008 but not Saturday). Nick Cattoi, Latavius Murray, Brynn Harvey, Josh Linam, Charley Hughlett, Nick Pieschel and Khymest Williams were the only other Knights who saw time in both contests.
-UCF got on the board with a Nick Cattoi 36-yard field goal in the first goal to cap off a 15-play, 49-yard drive. The Knights have now recorded a 15-play scoring drive in both games this season.
-The Knights held Boston College to only 1-12 on third downs. The last time UCF limited an opponent to one third down conversion was in 2003 against West Virginia.
-UCF once again dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for 37 minutes and 25 seconds.
-The last time UCF held two-straight opponents to under 100 yards passing was at the end of 2007 against Mississippi State (38) in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the beginning of the 2008 season against South Carolina State (74).
- The Knights haven't allowed a touchdown in 12-straight quarters dating back to the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Georgia.
-A.J. Bouye's interception marked UCF's ninth-straight game with an interception.

-Senior A.J. Guyton had five receptions Saturday to give him 101 for his career.
-Sophomore Jeff Godfrey finished the game with a career-best 20 completions and tied a career-high with 25 attempts. He has thrown for at least 100 yards in 12-straight games.
-Redshirt sophomore H-back Dontravius Floyd recorded his first-career reception in the second quarter.
-Senior Adam Nissley finished the game with three catch for 36 yards to raise his 2011 yardage total to 87. He had just 59 total receiving yards in 14 games last year.
-Senior kicker Nick Cattoi was 3-3 on field goal attempts. The last time he made more than three field goals was when he went 4-for-4 vs. Memphis Oct. 3, 2009.
-Redshirt freshman LeBranden Richardson notched his first-career sack at the start of the second quarter.
-Junior wide receiver Quincy McDuffie set a career-high with five receptions.
-Senior David Bohner posted a career-long 52-yard punt in the third quarter.
-A converted linebacker after serving as UCF's starting running back to open 2010, Jonathan Davis recorded his second sack of the year in the fourth quarter.