Oct. 15, 2011
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By Brian Ormiston
DALLAS, Texas (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF dropped to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in Conference USA with Saturday's 38-17 loss at SMU. However it still owns a 1-0 record in the C-USA East Division heading into its Thursday meeting at division-foe UAB.
-The Knights were 3-3 overall in 2007 before eventually winning the C-USA title and advancing to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They also were 3-3 in 2009 before grabbing a spot in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
-Saturday marked UCF's first loss to SMU, falling to 3-1 in the all-time series.
-UCF's streak of seven-straight wins over the West Division was snapped Saturday.
-UCF entered without allowing a first-quarter touchdown in the previous seven games, however SMU reached the endzone on a 19-yard drive on its first possession of the game.
-That SMU touchdown marked the first time since the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl in which an opponent found the endzone on its first offensive drive of a game against the Knights.
-UCF was the only team in the FBS which had yet to yield a passing touchdown, but the Knights allowed their first of the year in the third quarter.
-SMU's Zach Line entered as the leading rusher in C-USA with 116.6 yards per game. He had 16 rushing yards in the first half and went on to finish with 82 yards on the ground.
-UCF ended by outgaining SMU, 459-440, and led in time of possession 37:08-22:52.
-Freshman placekicker Shawn Moffitt connected on his first-career field goal, a 36-yarder with 4:05 remaining in the second quarter. It was just his second field-goal attempt of the year.
-Junior cornerback Josh Robinson took over sole possession of sixth in career break-ups at UCF with 29 as he had one vs. SMU. He now has eight break-ups on the season which leads C-USA.
-Sophomore quarterback Jeff Godfrey's favorite receiver at Miami Central High School was Josh Reese. After redshirting as a freshman with the Knights in 2010, Reese pulled in his first-collegiate touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, marking the first TD pass between Godfrey and Reese since their high school days.
-Godfrey connected with nine-different receivers on the day, and finished 23-for-32 with 231 yards and a touchdown. It was his 16th-straight game of at least 100 passing yards, and his fourth game with over 200 yards in the air.
-Redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Bortles entered with 5:11 left in regulation and immediately found A.J. Guyton on a 48-yard pass. It was Bortles' longest pass completion of the year.
-Bortles completed his first three pass attempts, and capped off that drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman J.J. Worton. It was Bortles' first-career touchdown pass, while it was Worton's first-career touchdown reception.
-Also on that drive, Bortles was 4-for-5 for 72 yards. In the final 5:11 of play, Bortles went on to go 9-for-12 for 118 yards and a touchdown. It was his second-career 100-yard passing day.
-True freshman linebacker Leilon Willingham recorded his first-career interception in the fourth quarter. It was the Knights' fifth interception overall on the season.