UCF-ECU Postgame Notes



Nov. 19, 2011

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By Brian Ormiston

GREENVILLE, N.C. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF suffered a 38-31 loss at East Carolina Saturday in Greenville. The loss moved the Knights' record to 4-7 on the year and 2-5 in Conference USA, while the Pirates improved to 5-6 overall and 4-3 in league play.

East Carolina 38, UCF 31
Greenville, N.C.
Nov. 19, 2011

-Head coach George O'Leary, who is currently in his eighth season with UCF, was coaching his 100th game with the Knights. Earlier this year, O'Leary won his 100th-career game when UCF defeated Marshall, 16-6, Oct. 8. He has 49 wins while at UCF and 52 victories at Georgia Tech.
-Saturday marked the 11th meeting between the Knights and the Pirates. That ties for the second-longest series against a single opponent in UCF history.
-UCF received the opening kickoff for the 10th time this year.
-The Knights scored on their first drive of the game when Jeff Godfrey hit Adam Nissley on a 3-yard TD pass. It was the eighth time this year UCF scored on its first drive (six touchdowns, two field goals).
-In the first half, UCF was 7-for-11 on third downs while East Carolina was 0-for-6. ECU was 0-for-10 on thirds before converting its first third down early in the fourth quarter. The Pirates finished 3-for-14.

-Sophomore quarterback Jeff Godfrey went 9-for-13 with 100 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Freshman quarterback Blake Bortles was 9-for-17 with 98 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. It was his second-straight game with two touchdown passes.
-Freshman wide receiver J.J. Worton posted his third-straight game with a receiving TD. With two more Saturday, he has 38 receptions this year, two shy of the UCF freshman record of 40 set by Sean Beckton in 1987. Fellow freshman Josh Reese had four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. Reese has 29 receptions this year which rank fifth among freshmen all-time at UCF.
-Junior wide receiver Quincy McDuffie posted a career-high nine receptions and 93 receiving yards.
-With one catch for a 3-yard touchdown, senior tight end Adam Nissley has 21 receptions this year which are the fourth-most among UCF tight ends in a single-season in school history.
-Sophomore safety Jarrett Swaby made his first-career start Saturday.
-Junior running back Latavius Murray earned his first start of the year, and in the second quarter with UCF trailing 17-7, he had five carries for 48 yards on a drive that led to a Blake Bortles' touchdown pass to Josh Reese to make it 17-14.
-Murray recorded his 20th-career rushing touchdown in the third quarter to move him into a tie with Mike Grant for sixth on UCF's all-time list. Murray finished with a season-high 21 carries for 87 yards.
-J.J. Worton had a 37-yard punt return in the second quarter, marking UCF's longest punt return of 2011.
-Freshman Rannell Hall had a 72-yard kickoff return late in the fourth quarter, his longest of the year.
-Junior defensive end Troy Davis recorded his third sack of the year in the third quarter.
-After linebacker Troy Gray tipped a Dominique Davis pass, junior safety Lyle Dankenbring pulled down his first-career interception and helped give UCF the ball at the ECU-4 with 1:36 left in the third quarter.
-Junior corner back Josh Robinson had two break-ups. He now has 33-career break-ups which rank fourth all-time at UCF, and 12 this year which rank tied for seventh in a single-season.
-Junior safety Kemal Ishmael forced a fumble that enabled UCF's offense to tie it at 31-31 with 3:49 remaining in the game as Bortles connected with Worton on a 19-yard touchdown pass.