UCF-Texas Postgame Notes

GO KNIGHTS No. 6 Texas edged UCF 35-32 in a game that came down to the final seconds.
No. 6 Texas edged UCF 35-32 in a game that came down to the final seconds.

Sept. 15, 2007

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Final Score: No. 6 Texas 35, UCF 32
Records: Texas 3-0, UCF 1-1
Postgame notes from the Knights' inaugural game at Bright House Networks Stadium.

• Today's game marked the inaugural game at Bright House Networks Stadium. UCF is one of only two NCAA schools that are opening new stadiums this season (FCS member Cal Davis is the other).

• Today's attendance of 45,622 goes down as the fourth-largest crowd in UCF history.

• UCF's game captains were No. 70 Josh Sitton, No. 74 Keith Shologan and No. 85 Mike Merritt.

• The game was delayed at the 6:01 mark of the first quarter due to lightning. The delay lasted 15 minutes.

• The 32 points were the most that UCF has ever scored against a ranked opponent.

• Junior Kevin Smith ran for two touchdowns for the second straight game, the first time in his career he has had back-to-back multiple touchdown games. It was his fourth career multiple TD game.

• Smith's two touchdowns allowed him to move into a tie for fifth place on UCF's all-time list for rushing touchdowns with 20 (tied with Mike Grant who played from 1995-98).

Kevin Smith posted his second straight 100-yard game, carrying 27 times for 149 yards. It was his 11th career 100-yard rushing game.

• For the second straight game, a true freshman led the Knights in receiving. After A.J. Guyton had the honors in the win at NC State, Kamar Aiken led UCF today with four catches for 49 yards, along with his first career touchdown.

• Senior Keith Shologan registered his first solo sack since 2004 (vs. Northern Illinois) with his second quarter take down of Texas QB Colt McCoy.

• Senior Rex Hill registered his first career sack in the second quarter of today's game, forcing Texas into a field goal attempt that it missed.

• Junior Jason Venson finished the game with a team-high 10 tackles, his second straight double figure tackle game. It marks the seventh time in his career that he has registered double-digit stops.

• Junior Joe Burnett moved into third place on UCF's all-time punt return list with his second quarter return. Burnett now has (45) career punt returns for (624) yards.

Joe Burnett recorded his eighth career interception in the third quarter, tying him for fourth place on the school's all-time list. It was his second straight game with an INT.

• Burnett had nine total tackles and eight solo stops. Both marks were one shy of his career high.

• True freshman punter Blake Clingan had seven punts for a 46.4 yard average and pinned two kicks inside the 20.



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