Oct. 28, 2007
Final Stats |
UCF 34, Southern Miss 17
Oct. 28, 2007
Tonight's game is the first on a Sunday for the Knights since the 2003 season opener vs. Virginia Tech (49-28 L).
The win for the Knights was the first in program history on ESPN. The team was 0-7 on ESPN telecasts entering the game.
With his 175-yard rushing effort on a school-record 43 attempts, junior Kevin Smith became the all-time leading rusher in UCF history. Smith now has 3,372 career yards, breaking the record held by Alex Haynes (3,359). Smith's season total of 1,260 rushing yards is the second best in the school record books.
Smith's three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his 15th of the season, breaking the single-season school record of 14 rushing touchdowns set by Marquette Smith in 1995. The touchdown was his 16th overall of the season, which also broke the school record of 15 set by Bret Cooper in 1992.
Smith added a five-yard scoring run in the second quarter to give him six multiple-touchdown games this season.
Smith registered his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season and set a new UCF record with the effort being the 16th of his career.
The Knights' defense forced four turnovers for the second-consecutive game. With seven interceptions in the last two games, it is the most picks in a two-game span since 2003 when UCF had three INTs at Syracuse (Sept. 20) and four INTs at Kent State (Sept. 27).
Senior Josh Sitton started at right guard. Sitton started the first six games of the season at right tackle and the Tulsa game (Oct. 20) at left guard. Sitton has made 33-consecutive starts on the offensive line. He started at right guard four times during his true freshman season of 2004.
Johnell Neal's interception in the first quarter was his first of the season and third of his career.
Redshirt freshman Brian Watters caught his first career touchdown in the second quarter on an eight-yard pass from Kyle Israel. Watters equaled his season-high with two receptions for 16 yards.
Watters and classmate Kamar Aiken each had touchdown receptions in the game, marking the second time this season a pair of freshman scored receiving touchdowns in the same game.
Aiken's eight-yard scoring reception in the third quarter was his team-leading fourth receiving touchdown of the season.
Israel had his second multiple-touchdown game of the season with his pair of eight-yard touchdown passes. Israel finished the contest 12-of-16 for 162 yards.
The fumble recovery by Bruce Miller in the second quarter was the first of his career. It was also the first fumble recovery for the Knights since the Texas (Sept. 15) game earlier this season when Derrick Hallman had one in the fourth quarter of that game.
Freshman Justin Boddie recorded his first career interception in the second quarter to stall a potential scoring drive.
Junior Sha'reff Rashad's interception on the first play of the fourth quarter was his second of the season and seventh of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh on the UCF career charts. It was the second-straight game Rashad picked off a pass.
Senior Michael Torres made both of his field goal attempts (41 and 31) and is now 11-for-13 on the season.
Junior Cliff McCray made his first-career start. McCray started at left guard.