Oct. 13, 2007
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This is the third-consecutive year UCF and USF have met on the gridiron since the series began in 2005.
With the loss, UCF fell to 0-18 vs. ranked opponents.
Saturday marked the first time since 1997 that the Knights played two top-10 teams in the same season, as earlier this year they battled No. 6 Texas Sept. 15 in the Bright House Networks Stadium debut on the UCF campus. In 1997, the Black and Gold traveled to No. 6 Nebraska and No. 8 Auburn.
Junior running back Kevin Smith became the third UCF player to reach the 3,000-yard plateau when he rushed for 12 yards on a first-down play in the first quarter. The run put the Knights on the USF three-yard line, setting up their first score of the game. Smith finished the drive with six carries for 39 yards.
Smith had 100 total yards on the day, 55 rushing and 45 receiving. It was the first time he had not amassed at least 100 on the ground all season.
With his 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, senior quarterback Kyle Israel has now rushed for a TD in four of UCF's six games.
Sophomore quarterback Michael Greco completed his longest pass of his career when he found Kevin Smith for a 42-yard pickup in the second quarter. Greco's previous long was a 24-yard strike vs. Memphis.
Meanwhile, the 42-yard reception also was Smith's longest career catch, eclipsing a 26-yard gain against Houston in 2006. For the season, Smith has been a part of 12 plays (nine rushes, three receptions) that have went for at least 20 yards.
After junior defensive back Sha'reff Rashad downed a punt inside the 1-yard line from freshman Blake Clingan in the fourth quarter, Rashad came back on the next play to tackle USF running back Aston Samuels in the endzone for a safety. It was the second safety recorded by the Knights this season (NC State on Sept. 1).
Rashad ended up with a game-high 12 tackles. The 12 takedowns were a personal-best, while his 10 solo tackles also set a career-high.
Junior linebacker Cory Hogue racked up a personal-best 10 solo tackles vs. USF.
Senior Steven Baker helped convert on a fourth-and-one play in the second quarter when he took the snap on a fake punt up the middle for four yards. Baker's first-career carry moved UCF's fourth-down conversion average to 70 percent on the year (7-for-10).
Senior Curtis Francis recorded 184 kickoff return yards on seven attempts vs. the Bulls. After not having any returns in the first three games, Francis had two for 55 yards vs. Louisiana and five for 203 yards at East Carolina, giving him a total of 442 on the season.
Freshman fullback Ricky Kay made his first collegiate start for the Knights.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Brian Watters hauled in his first reception in a Black and Gold uniform on a 9-yard catch from Michael Greco in the fourth quarter. Watters completed his afternoon with two receptions for 22 yards.