Nov. 3, 2007
Final Stats |
With six wins on the year, UCF is now bowl eligible for the second time in three years.
Today's game marks the 28th Homecoming game in UCF history and the first at Bright House Networks Stadium. The Knights are now 19-9 all-time in Homecoming games.
The 13 points scored by Marshall were the fewest by a UCF opponent this season.
The Knight did not commit a penalty during the game. Marshall had eight for 75 yards.
Today is National College Football Day, celebrating the anniversary of the birth of an American institution. On the first Saturday in November of 1869, Rutgers and Princeton staged college football's first game.
UCF totaled a season-high seven sacks for 38 yards.
When freshman defensive back Darin Baldwin returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, it marked the first time since 2004 (Travonti Johnson vs. Northern Illinois) that a Knight brought a pick back for a score.
Kevin Smith scored his 17th-rushing touchdown of the season in the opening quarter on a two-yard run and added his 18th on an 87-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Smith's 87-yard scamper in the second quarter broke his own school record for longest career rush of 80 yards that he set in the season-opener vs. NC State (Sept. 2). Smith is the only running back in the FBS with two touchdown runs of 80 or more yards this season and his 87-yard rush was the third longest in the FBS this season.
The 87-yard touchdown run by Smith capped off a three-play, 99-yard drive in 1:15. The 99-yard drive equaled the UCF record for longest drive, which was last achieved vs. Akron in 2002 (Oct. 26) on a nine-play, 99-yard drive in 4:12.
Smith's 18 rushing touchdowns in 2007 ties former Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams for the fifth most in Conference USA single-season history. His 35 career touchdowns (34 rush, 1 rec.) moved him into fourth place on the C-USA career list.
Smith finished with 29 carries for 188 yards giving him eight 100-yard rushing games this season (2nd most in UCF history). It was the 17th 100-yard rushing game of his career, which is the third most in C-USA history.
Smith had 20 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns at halftime, marking the fourth time this season he has eclipsed 100-yards rushing in the first half.
Smith also equaled his career-high with four receptions for 48 yards. His reception for 27 yards in the third quarter was a game-high for the Knights and gave him his 17th play this season of 25-plus yards (13 rush, 4 rec.).
Smith's multiple-touchdown game was his seventh of the season and third in a row.
Senior quarterback Kyle Israel matched his career-high with 12 carries. He finished with 45 yards on the ground.
With his third quarter interception, junior safety Sha'reff Rashad has now recorded a pick in three-straight games.
Redshirt freshman Brian Watters had season-highs for catches (six) and yardage (68). Watters added touchdown receptions of 23 and 30 yards. It was his first multiple-touchdown game of his career.
True freshman Justin Boddie is the first true freshman since Joe Burnett (2005) to pick off passes in back-to-back games during his rookie season. Burnett achieved the feat twice during the 2005 campaign as he finished with five interceptions.
Senior defensive tackle Neil Bittong recorded his first career sack late in the fourth quarter. Bittong has also played fullback during his career at UCF.
True freshman Ricky Kay had a season-long reception of 19 yards in the first quarter.
Senior Dominic Ignelzi made his first career start at tight end. Ignelzi, who moved to tight end from offensive guard prior to fall camp, had 13 career starts on the UCF offensive line during his first three seasons with the Knights.