UCF-SMU Postgame Notes

Nov. 3, 2012

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By Brian Ormiston

UCF 42, SMU 17
Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 3, 2012

-UCF stayed undefeated in Conference USA, moving its record to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in the league. SMU fell to 4-5 and 3-2.
-The Knights remain a game ahead of East Carolina (5-1) in the loss column in the East Division (UCF topped ECU on Oct. 4, 40-20).
-The winning streak is now five games, the longest winning streak for UCF since a five-game streak in 2010.
-UCF's record on Homecoming jumped to 23-10, and it has won four-consecutive Homecoming games.
-Former defensive end Robert Pritchard, who was a member of the Knights from 2008-11, was in attendance and honored at halftime. He suffered a rare, massive stroke on July 9, and still has a long road to recovery ahead of him. UCF wore "RP" helmet stickers to recognize Pritchard, and will continue to wear them the rest of the season.
-Saturday's game was the 200th for UCF as a member of the FBS (since 1996).
-The Knights won their 200th overall game since the program's inception in 1979.
-It was the first meeting between the two schools in Orlando since UCF's 17-7 win in the 2010 C-USA Championship Game.
-UCF (first) and SMU (third) entered the day as two of just three teams in the league with a positive scoring differential.
-SMU entered the day leading the league in rushing defense. UCF ended with 241 rushing yards, the most the Mustangs had given up all season.
-UCF had three sacks while SMU did not have a sack on the Knights' offensive line.
-The Knights were 7-of-10 on third downs, and committed just two penalties for 20 yards.
-UCF's average starting field position was its own 37, while SMU's was its own 27.
-The Knights have scored points in 10-straight quarters dating back to the Memphis game Oct. 20.

-Captains for UCF were: senior running back Brynn Harvey, senior H-back Dontravius Floyd and senior tight end Kevin Garvy.
-On defense, senior defensive end Cam Henderson and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Joey Grant made their first starts in a UCF uniform Saturday.
-Senior defensive end Troy Davis had two sacks on the first defensive drive of the game. He capped off the night with five tackles and a forced fumble as well. He now has 17-career sacks, and is 1.5 sacks shy of cracking UCF's all-time top-10.
-UCF went to the Wild Knight on a drive in the third quarter, and Rob Calabrese completed his first pass of the year on the drive. Eventually, Blake Bortles hit Jeff Godfrey behind the line of scrimmage, who in turn fired diagonally down the field to Latavius Murray for a 28-yard reception. It was Godfrey's second touchdown pass of the season, and Murray's second receiving touchdown.
-Murray finished with 155 yards on 23 carries (6.7 average) and two touchdowns. He also had two catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. He had his third-straight 100-yard rushing game, tied for the fourth-longest streak in UCF history.
-Murray also produced his fourth-straight game with at least two rushing touchdowns, and he now has 10 touchdowns on the ground this year, which is tied for 10th in a single season.
-For the third-straight game, Murray had at least 100 rushing yards in the first half. It was the fourth time this season he had 100 yards or more in the opening 30 minutes.
-Murray now has 2,011 career rushing yards. He became just the ninth Knight in history to have at least 2,000 rushing yards.
-Bortles was 10-for-15 with 110 yards and two touchdowns. He also had six carries for 33 yards and a touchdown.
-True freshman wide receiver Breshad Perriman hauled in an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, marking his first-career touchdown reception.
-Senior safety Kemal Ishmael had six tackles, giving him 317 for his career. He is just five shy of tying the UCF record for tackles by a defensive back (Jason Venson had 322 from 2005-08).