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By Brian Ormiston
UCF vs. Houston
Nov. 9, 2013
|From Bright House Networks Stadium
What a Week!
The atmosphere around Bright House Networks Stadium today was electric as UCF fans gathered to celebrate Homecoming and watch as the No. 19/21 Knights took on the Houston Cougars.
The fans were encouraged to get to their seats early to be able to witness a special flyover by a 1962 Vietnam era Douglas A-4C Skyhawk piloted by Dave Dollarhide in honor of Military Appreciation Day.
Throughout the week students were able to engage in a number of unique events like Spirit Splash, Penny Wars and a homecoming golf tournament. Earlier in the day, pregame activities were held in IOA Plaza to allow fans, alumni and students alike to show off their Knight pride.
The announcement and pinnacle moment of Homecoming came at halftime with the announcement of the Homecoming king and queen Joe Romo and Katie Wasser.
By: Sarah Sherman
-UCF improved to 7-1 this season, tying for its best start in school history through eight games (1998). It also now is the last unbeaten team left in the American Athletic Conference at 4-0. The best conference start for the Knights came in 2012 when they began 6-0 in league play.
-The Cougars fell to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in The American.
-UCF remained undefeated against Houston in Orlando at 3-0, and is now 4-1 in the all-time series.
-The Knights improved to 24-10 all-time on Homecoming, and have won their last five.
-It was Military Appreciation Day, and a 1962 Vietnam era Douglas A-4C Skyhawk greeted the crowd with a flyover before the game.
-UCF received the opening kickoff in its 14th straight game.
-The Knights connected on two field goals, and they have converted a field goal in nine straight games. The record for most consecutive games with a field goal is 11 (2005).
-Houston did not score in the first quarter, snapping its run of having 39 consecutive quarters where it scored (last time it had a scoreless quarter was Nov. 17, 2012, against Marshall).
-UCF now has a rushing touchdown in 18 straight games.
-The Knights had a 98-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, marking their longest scoring drive (by yards) since a 99-yard drive at Marshall last season.
-UCF won the time of possession battle, 35:13-24:47, and completed the evening with 398 yards compared to Houston's 367.
-The defense broke up nine passes, the most since 10 against UTEP Nov. 25, 2011.
-UCF committed just two penalties for 16 yards.
-Captains for UCF were: seniors Jeff Godfrey, Jordan McCray and Justin McCray. They were voted as the 2013 season captains by their teammates last weekend.
-Lou Groza Award semifinalist Shawn Moffitt booted 45- and 40-yard field goals in the second quarter. He moved to 11-for-11 before missing in the fourth quarter. He made 12 straight field goals overall, which tied for the second longest streak in school history.
-Troy Gray picked up his first sack of the season, and the second of his career, in the second quarter.
-E.J. Dunston posted a career high two sacks on Saturday. He now has three sacks this year and five for his career.
-Godfrey recorded his longest reception of the season on a 41-yard haul in the second quarter.
-Brandon Alexander, after Jordan Ozerities was credited with a break-up on the play, intercepted his first pass of the season and the second of his career in the third career.
-Alexander also had two break-ups, highlighted by one in the endzone on Houston's final offensive play of the game.
-Storm Johnson had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and of his career Saturday. He finished with a career-high 127 yards on the ground.
-William Stanback delivered a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second half, tying a career high for the true freshman.
-Clayton Geathers broke up three passes, tied for the 10th most in a single game in UCF history (record is five).