UCF-NC State Postgame Notes

GO KNIGHTS Kevin Smith galloped for a career-high 217 yards, the most rushing yards by a Knight in a UCF season-opener.
Kevin Smith galloped for a career-high 217 yards, the most rushing yards by a Knight in a UCF season-opener.

Sept. 1, 2007

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Final Score: UCF 25, NC State 23
Records: UCF 1-0, NC State 0-1
Postgame notes from the Knights' two-point win in Raleigh, N.C.

• Today's game marks the debut of the Knights' new UCF monogram logo and white helmet. The helmet is the ninth different one used by the football program since its inception in 1979. The last helmet change came prior to the 2003 season.

• The victory over NC State was the first over an ACC opponent in the history of the UCF program. It was the first win over a BCS automatic-qualifying school since a 2000 victory over Alabama.

• UCF's offensive game captain was No. 79 Kyle Smith and the defensive game captain was No. 91 Leger Douzable.

Kamar Aiken is the first true freshman to start for the Knights at wide receiver under head coach George O'Leary.

• Junior Kevin Smith's 80-yard touchdown scamper on the opening play of the season was a career long rush and the longest in school history. The previous long was a 79-yard touchdown run by Elgin Davis (Nov. 15, 1986 vs. Samford. Smith's previous long rush was a 78-yard touchdown run in the 2005 Hawaii Bowl vs. Nevada. Smith now owns two of the top three single-game rushing efforts in school history.

• Smith's 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage marked the first time in UCF history that either the Knights, or their opponent, scored on the first offensive play of the season.

• Smith went over the 100-yard mark in the second quarter for the 10th time in his career. The Miami native moved up to fourth on the UCF career rushing list with his career-high 217-yard effort. He also had a career-high 35 carries, which was tied for second most all-time at UCF. Meanwhile, the 217-yard effort is the third best in school history.

• A true freshman had the first tackle (Lawrence Young), interception (Lawrence Young), sack (Derrick Hallman) and reception (A.J. Guyton) of the season for the Knights. Guyton finished with a team-high five grabs for 21 yards.

• True freshman Lawrence Young's interception in the first quarter was the first of his career. Young was credited with a six-yard return on a pass that was deflected. He also recorded the first tackle of the season for the Knights and finished with 8.5 stops.

• True freshman Derrick Hallman recorded the first sack of his career and first of the season for the Knights in the opening quarter.

• True freshman A.J. Guyton had the first two receptions (-2 yards, 3 yards) of the season for the Knights.

• Redshirt freshman Bruce Miller recorded the first sack of his career in the first quarter and it also went for a safety. The safety was the first for the Knights since 2001 vs. Akron (Nov. 3, 2001).

• Senior placekicker Michael Torres made three field goals in the first half (40, 36 and 19-yards). The total was one shy of his career-high set last season at Memphis (Nov. 11, 2006).

• Redshirt freshman Jah Reid made his UCF debut in the second quarter as a reserve right tackle. The Knights' scored an eight-yard rushing touchdown around the right side on Reid's first-career play.

• The 25-points in the first half were the most for the Knights since the 2006 season-opener when UCF opened up a 28-7 lead on Villanova.

• Punter Blake Clingan is the first true freshman to punt in a game for the Knights since the 1998 season when Javier Beorlegui made his debut in the sixth game of the season vs. Northern Illinois (Oct. 10). Clingan's first punt went for 48 yards in the opening quarter. He added a 52-yarder later in the game.



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