Oct. 20, 2007
Final Stats |
Today's game was a rematch of the 2005 Conference USA Championship Game, played Dec. 3 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Tulsa won that game, 44-27. It was the only previous meeting between the two schools.
The attendance of 45,510 marked the second sellout in four contests for UCF at Bright House Networks Stadium. For the inaugural game at the facility against Texas on Sept. 15, 45,622 fans were in attendance.
Senior Josh Sitton started at left guard for the first time in his career. Sitton has made 36 career starts on the UCF offensive line, including the previous 31 games at right tackle. Sitton started four games at right guard during the 2004 season.
Two Knights made their first career starts in the game vs. Tulsa. Redshirt freshman Jah Reid started on the offensive line at right tackle, while sophomore Travis Timmons started at defensive tackle.
The UCF defense limited Tulsa, who entered the game second in the nation in total offense (averaging 578.2 yards), to a season-low of 377 yards.
Junior Kevin Smith had his fifth multiple-touchdown game of the season, scoring on runs of 13, 4 and 44 yards, while adding a 15-yard receiving score. The receiving score was the first of his career. His four touchdowns were the most by a Knight since Doug Gabriel had four receiving touchdowns vs. Ohio (Nov. 30, 2002).
Smith moved into second place on the career-rushing touchdown list at UCF with his 13-yard rush in the second quarter. Smith now has 30 career rushing touchdowns, which is eight behind current leader Willie English (1989-91, 93).
Smith also moved into second place on the UCF career rushing list in the contest, moving past Willie English (3,131; 1989-91, 93). The Miami native finished with 33 carries for 170 yards in the game. Smith also moved into 10th-place on the UCF total offense charts.
Senior Sergio Joachim posted career-highs in receptions (9) and yards (98). He also added a career-long 36-yard reception in the second quarter. Joachim's nine receptions were also the most by a Knight this season. Kamar Aiken had eight in the loss to East Carolina.
Senior Mike Merritt posted career-highs in receptions (3) and yards (51). Merritt also had a career-long reception in the third quarter when he hauled in a 31-yard pass from Israel.
Juniors Jason Venson and Sha'reff Rashad each had their first interceptions of the season during the third quarter. For Venson, it was his fourth-career interception, while Rashad moved into a tie for ninth of the UCF career charts with the sixth of his career.
Both sophomore linebacker Chance Henderson and freshman linebacker Derrick Hallman recorded their first career interceptions during the fourth quarter. UCF totaled four interceptions for the game, good for a season high.
Senior quarterback Kyle Israel rushed for his fifth touchdown of the season and eighth of his career in the first quarter. His 22-yard scamper was the longest touchdown run of his career. It was one yard shy of his longest career rush of 23 yards that came during the 2005 season vs. Southern Miss.
In addition to a career-best two sacks, redshirt freshman linebacker Bruce Miller added a team-high nine stops. The nine tackles were also a career-high for Miller.