UCF vs. Memphis Postgame Notes

GO KNIGHTS Blake Bortles has now attempted 147 passes without an interception, dating back to Sept. 15.
Blake Bortles has now attempted 147 passes without an interception, dating back to Sept. 15.

Oct. 20, 2012

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By Brian Ormiston

-UCF improves to 5-2 on the year and 3-0 in Conference USA. That ties for its best conference start (2010) in program history (first year in a league was 2002 and the MAC). UCF will travel to Marshall (2-1 in C-USA) next Saturday.
-The Knights won their eighth-straight game over Memphis, marking the longest winning streak over a single opponent since the UCF program's inception in 1979.
-UCF was making its first trip to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium since the 10-6 victory over Georgia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
-The Knights won the coin toss and received the opening kickoff for the 39th time in the last 46 games.
-With A.J. Bouye's interception in the third quarter, UCF now has seven picks this year through seven games. The Knights had nine interceptions in 12 games last season.
-Against the Tigers' passing attack, the Knights were stingy, allowing just 121 yards while limiting Memphis to 4-of-16 on third downs.
-UCF finished with an 18-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
-The Knights have now scored 35 points or more in three-straight contests.

-Captains for UCF were: senior offensive guard Theo Goins and senior linebacker Ray Shipman.
-Senior running back Latavius Murray started his first game since the opener at Akron. On UCF's second drive, he had 61 rushing yards on five rushes and 11 receiving yards on two receptions. In all he had 72 yards on the Knights' 81-yard scoring drive, capped off by Murray's 1-yard touchdown run.
-Murray entered the night with a career-long rush of 46 yards set in 2010. On Saturday, he had rushes of 50 yards and 83 yards, both in the opening quarter. The 83-yard rush resulted in a touchdown, and was UCF's second-longest rush in school history (record was set by Kevin Smith and his 87-yard touchdown run vs. Marshall Nov. 3, 2007).
-Meanwhile, with two more against Memphis, Murray moved into a tie for third all-time at UCF (Alex Haynes from 2001-04) with 27 career rushing touchdowns.
-Murray had 160 total yards in the first quarter, compared to the Memphis team which had 119 total yards.
-Murray finished the evening with 23 carries for 192 yards and a pair of scores. It's the most yards on the ground by a UCF running back since he ripped off 233 against UTEP on Nov. 25, 2011. It also was the 12th most rushing yards in UCF single-game history.
-He now has two 100-yard rushing games this year (Akron, 108 yards), and five for his career with ranks alone in 10th all-time.
-Sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles was 15-of-26 for 122 yards and a pair of TD passes. He now has 12 touchdown passes this season.
-The Oviedo, Fla., native has now gone 147-straight pass attempts without an interception. He is tied with Daunte Culpepper for second all-time, and needs 16 more attempts to break the all-time pick-less streak held by Vic Penn (1999).
-Sophomore wide receiver J.J. Worton had a 29-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, which was his second TD of the season and sixth of his career.
-Senior safety Kemal Ishmael recovered his third fumble of the season when Memphis turned it over on the UCF 1-yard line in the first quarter. That ties him for seventh on the single-season chart for fumble recoveries (record is six set by Darrell Rudd in 1982).
-Ishmael completed the night with 10 tackles. He now has 303 tackles for his career, which puts him in eighth on the UCF all-time tackle chart, and second among defensive backs.
-Bouye posted his second interception of the year in the third quarter, which also was his fifth-career pick.
-To start the fourth quarter, Bouye then returned a 79-yard fumble for a touchdown. The fumble was forced by Clayton Geathers. It was the first fumble return for a touchdown since Josh Robinson against UAB Oct. 6, 2010.
-Along with the forced fumble, Geathers led the team with 13 tackles, tying his career-high from Nov. 3, 2011.
-True freshman linebacker Domenic Spencer came off the bench and saw his first action of the season Saturday evening.
-Senior punter Jamie Boyle had six punts for 288 yards and averaged 48 yards per pick, including a long of 53. It was the highest punting average of the season by over 4.5 yards. Boyle had a 48.0 average, which ranks as the ninth highest in UCF single-season history.



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