Oct. 6, 2007
East Carolina 52, UCF 38
October 6, 2007
Kevin Smith's one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the 27th of his career, tying him for second on the UCF career charts. His rushing score was his 11th of the season, which is tied for the fifth in a single season at UCF. He has a rushing touchdown in each of the Knights' first five games this season.
Smith posted his fifth-consecutive 100-yard rushing game to set a UCF record. The Miami native finished with 29 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown. Smith now has 14 career 100-yard rushing games, which moved him to third on the UCF career charts.
Senior Curtis Francis returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff returned for a touchdown by a Knight since Paul Miranda returned one 88 yards vs. Toledo in 1997 (Nov. 22). The 93-yard return ties for the fifth-longest in UCF history (100 - three times, 99 - once, 93 - twice). The touchdown was also the first of Francis' career at UCF.
Francis set new a new-career high with 203 kick return yards in the game. His total was the second most in a single game by a Knight. Francis had five returns in the game, which equaled a career-high. Ted Wilson holds the record at 213 yards (Oct. 13, 1984 vs. Eastern Kentucky).
The Knights have scored special teams touchdowns in back-to-back games. Junior August Ashley blocked a punt and returned it 19 yards for a score in the victory over Louisiana (Sept. 29).
Sophomore Travis Timmons blocked a punt in the third quarter. It was the second-consecutive game the Knights blocked a punt.
Senior Mike Merritt had two catches for 14 yards. His five overall catches this season equal his career total of five he had coming into the season. It was also the first time Merritt had more than one catch in a game.
Senior Leger Douzable
registered his second sack of the season in the first quarter. Of his 9.5 career sacks, Douzable has 4.5 of those against the Pirates.
With his second punt return of the game for 10 yards, junior Joe Burnett set the UCF career mark for punt return yardage. Burnett finished the game with two returns for 21 yards and now leads the list with 52 returns for 721 yards in his career.
Senior quarterback Kyle Israel posted career-highs in completions and attempts with a 28-for-45 effort. Israel finished with 308 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
With their 14-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter, the Knights have now outscored opponents 60-20 in the opening 15 minutes this season.
With a reception in the first quarter, freshman Kamar Aiken has now caught a pass in each of the Knights' five games this season. Aiken had three catches for 42 yards in the opening quarter, including a 21-yard touchdown reception (his third of the season). He finished the game with a career-high eight grabs for 117 yards. It was his second career 100-yard receiving game.
Aiken's eight catches were a season-high for a Knight this season.
True freshman A.J. Guyton caught his first-career touchdown pass in the second quarter, racing 39 yards for the score. Guyton and Aiken became the first true freshmen duo to haul in touchdown passes in the game since the Knights made the move to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996.
The Knights have scored 25 first-half points or more in four of their five games this season. UCF led 28-17 at the break in tonight's game.
The 52 points given up by the Knights are the most since a 52-7 loss to Pitt in 2006 (Oct. 13).
Junior defensive end Antonio Wallace made the first start of his career. The Knights had started the same defensive front for the first four games of the season (Leger Douzable, Torrell Johnson, Keith Shologan, Bruce Miller).