Looking Back on UCF's C-USA Championship Games

Nov. 29, 2012

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Embarking on its fourth Conference USA Championship Game appearance, one of UCF's primary goals is in sight this Saturday at Tulsa at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Knights are looking to become the first school to win three C-USA title games since the inaugural contest in 2005.

The Black and Gold will be going up against a very familiar opponent Saturday in the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa defeated the Knights in Oklahoma Nov. 17, 23-21, and the two teams are 1-1 against each other in the C-USA Championship Game.

UCF boasts a 2-1 record overall in the C-USA title game, and here a few notes and links from those three contests.

2005 C-USA Championship Game
Dec. 3 - Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Fla.
Final Score: Tulsa 44, UCF 27

-Box Score
-Associated Press Game Recap
-A UCF record crowd 51,978 swarmed the Florida Citrus Bowl for the inaugural 2005 C-USA Championship Game
-The Knights held a 24-21 lead late in the second quarter, and trailed at halftime by just a 31-27 margin
-UCF was held scoreless in the second half
-Tulsa did not turn the ball over, while UCF turned it over four times
-Kevin Smith rushed for 108 yards, Brandon Marshall had seven receptions for 109 yards and Matt Prater was 2-for-2 in field goals, both of at least 40 yards
-Current UCF graduate assistant coach Paul Carrington had a game-high 10 tackles while also recording two sacks

2007 C-USA Championship Game
Dec. 1 - Bright House Networks Stadium - Orlando, Fla.
Final Score: UCF 44, Tulsa 25

-Box Score
-Associated Press Game Recap
-Photo Gallery
-Through the first quarter, Tulsa held a slim 13-10 advantage before the Kevin Smith show took over
-The running back amassed three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, and finished with 284 yards on the ground and four touchdowns
-Smith's 284 yards are the second most in UCF history, trailing only the 320 yards he collected vs. UAB earlier in the 2007 season
-The defense registered six sacks, 11 tackles for loss and three interceptions
-Johnell Neal had two of those picks along with three break-ups
-The attendance of 44,128 ranks as the 10th largest crowd at UCF
-The victory over Tulsa gave UCF its first conference championship, and its first 10 win season since 1990

2010 C-USA Championship Game
Dec. 4 - Bright House Networks Stadium - Orlando, Fla.
Final Score: UCF 17, SMU 7

-Box Score
-Game Recap
-Photo Gallery
-Latavius Murray scored both of UCF's touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, en route to MVP honors -UCF held a 17-0 lead until SMU's only score with 9:15 left in the fourth quarter
-The Knights tied a school record with their 10th win, which would increase to 11 after they defeated Georgia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl
-Murray capped off the day with 94 rushing yards and 21 receiving yards
-True freshman Jeff Godfrey went 15-for-19 with 167 yards, and was the only starting freshman quarterback to win a conference title game in 2010, as well as the first true freshman quarterback in FBS history to guide his team to a victory in a conference championship game
-Led by Bruce Miller's two sacks, UCF posted five sacks while Josh Robinson and Reggie Weams each brought in an interception