UCF-UAB Postgame Notes

Nov. 24, 2012

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By Brian Ormiston

UCF 49, UAB 24
Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 24, 2012

-With the 49-24 victory, UCF concluded the regular season with a 9-3 record and a 7-1 mark in Conference USA (UAB fell to 3-9, 2-6). The Knights also posted nine regular-season wins in 1993, 1998, 2007, 2010.
-UCF has clinched the C-USA East Division for the fourth time in eight seasons in the league. It will travel to Tulsa Dec. 1 for the C-USA Championship Game at noon ET. It will be the fourth trip to the title game for both schools, which are tied for the most of any program in the league.
-UCF has tied for the fourth-most victories in a single-season, with the record standing at 11 set by the 2010 squad.
-The victory enabled the senior class to post its 33rd victory from 2009-12 (33-18 overall), tying the school record for most victories over a four-year stretch (The 2010 class went 33-20 from 2007-10).
-UCF did not give up a point in the first quarter for the sixth time this year.
-The Knights scored 35 points in the first half for the second time in 2012 (Akron).
-UCF entered the day ranked fifth in the nation in penalties with just 3.73 per game. On Saturday it had just three for 15 yards.
-The defense forced two turnovers (UCF committed none) to improve UCF's turnover margin to +10 this year.
-With four Saturday, UCF now has 29 rushing touchdowns on the year, the fourth-most in school history.
-UCF's defense held UAB to 3-for-7 inside the redzone.

-Captains for UCF were: senior running back Latavius Murray, senior center Jordan Rae and senior safety Kemal Ishmael.
-Ishmael had 10 tackles to increase his career total to 346, good for fifth on the Knights' all-time chart. On the final defensive play for UCF, he notched his first-career sack in what was his final home game in a Black and Gold uniform.
-Murray completed the day with 94 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He now has 13 rushing touchdowns in 2012, which is tied for the fourth-most in UCF single-season history.
-Murray has a rushing TD in seven-straight games. The last Knight to accomplish that in the same season was Kevin Smith in 2007.
-On UCF's first possession, quarterback Blake Bortles found J.J. Worton for an 18-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and a 4-yard TD pass in the second quarter. That gave Bortles 20 touchdown passes this year, good for 10th on the single-season chart. The last player to have at least 20 TD passes in a season was Steven Moffett in 2005 (22).
-Bortles completed the day 17-for-23 with 225 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
-Worton's two touchdowns catches set a personal-best, and he had three overall catches for 36 yards as well as a 34-yard punt return.
-Freshman Breshad Perriman had a career-long 30-yard catch and finished with three receptions for 55 yards. Meanwhile, senior H-back Dontravius Floyd had three catches for 45 yards. Floyd came into the day with four catches for the year.
-Senior wide receiver Quincy McDuffie had three rushing touchdowns Saturday, as he only had one for his career before the day. The wideout had 79 rushing yards on six carries, and now has at least 100 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons (163 in 2012).
-Senior safety Lyle Dankenbring got in the way of a screen pass and ran back a 78-yard interception for a touchdown. It was the fifth-longest INT return in UCF history, his first-career touchdown, second INT of the year and third of his career.
-Safety Clayton Geathers amassed a career-high 17 tackles, and cornerback Brandon Alexander tied a career-high with 11.
-Cam Henderson recorded his second sack of the year in the first quarter.
-Senior Jamie Boyle booted a 50-yard punt in the second quarter where Kemal Ishmael and Billy Giovanetti downed it at the one.