Sept. 22, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Claiming a 3-0 record as it returns to Bright House Networks Stadium, UCF is set for a tussle with No. 12/13 South Carolina Saturday at noon on ABC.
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Saturday - Orlando, Fla. - 12 p.m.
No. 12/13 South Carolina - 2-1 Overall, 1-1 SEC
UCF - 3-0 Overall, 0-0 American
Bright House Networks Stadium (45,323)
South Carolina leads, 3-0
740-AM - Orlando
The UCF-South Carolina contest is presented by CFE Federal Credit Union, and it also will be parents and family weekend on campus.
Saturday will mark the first time the Knights will appear on network television.
Thousands of American Football Coaches Association members will be wearing Coach To Cure MD patches on the sidelines to help raise awareness of the program. Since its inception, Coach To Cure MD has surpassed the million dollar mark in donations.
With an expected sellout Saturday, it would be the seventh sellout at Bright House Networks Stadium, which opened in 2007.
This will be the fourth meeting in the series between UCF and South Carolina, but the first on the Knights' home surface.
The Gamecocks hold a 3-0 lead thanks to wins in 1996, 1997 and 2005, with the latter two victories coming by nine points or less.
In 1997, the Knights led 24-14 in the third until the hosts scored 19-unanswered for a 33-31 win.
UCF and S.C. opened 2005 on a Thursday on ESPN, but a 24-3 hole was too much to overcome in UCF's 24-15 loss.
Also coming off a bye, No. 12/13 South Carolina is averaging 479.7 yards per game following a pair of victories over North Carolina and Vanderbilt sandwiched around a loss at Georgia.
Senior Connor Shaw has thrown six touchdowns without a pick, and is completing 64.9 percent of his passes.
Three Gamecocks have at least 100 rushing yards, led by Mike Davis with 341. Shaw, meanwhile, has 202 on the ground.
South Carolina has rushed for between 220-230 yards in all three outings this season.
The defense boasts 10 sacks in three games, led by Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles who each have two.
FACING RANKED PROGRAMS
The last ranked team to visit Bright House Networks Stadium was No. 13/12 Houston Nov. 14, 2009, which resulted in a 37-32 UCF win. That stands as the only win over a ranked program for UCF.
The last ranked non-conference team to visit Bright House Networks Stadium was No. 9 Miami Oct. 17, 2009, a 27-7 UM victory. That game also set a stadium record with 48,453 in attendance.
UCF AGAINST THE SEC
UCF carries a 2-14 record vs. SEC teams, including a 40-38 win at Alabama in 2000 and a 10-6 victory vs. Georgia in the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Saturday's game is one of nine in 2013 in which an SEC team visits an opponent's stadium for a non-conference affair (not including neutral-sites).
This season marks the second straight campaign UCF hosted a team from the SEC. Missouri became the first SEC school to play at UCF when it ventured to Orlando last year.
The 3-0 record is the first time since 1988 that UCF posted a victory in its first three outings.
Best starts in UCF history (since 1979):
Season - Record
1) 1988 - 5-0
2) 1979 - 4-0
3) 2013 - 3-0
1986 - 3-0
This is the first year the Knights have three regular season victories in non-conference play since joining its first league in 2002 (MAC).
FROM 1988 TO 2013
A lot has changed since UCF was last 3-0:
Category - 1988 - 2013
NCAA Affiliation - Division II - FBS
Conference - None - American
Enrollment - 18,158 - 59,785
Stadium - Citrus Bowl - Bright House
THE 2013 SCHEDULE
With South Carolina visiting campus, the Knights will have hosted at least one school from a BCS automatically-qualifying conference every year since the 2006 season, and nine of 10 seasons under head coach George O'Leary.
UCF is one of 19 schools which does not play an FCS opponent or a school from another level in 2013.
The Knights are one of 11 teams in the nation without a FCS school on both its 2012 and 2013 schedules. They also are slated to take on all FBS members in 2014 as well.
Having South Carolina and Penn State on this year's schedule, UCF will have played at least two schools from AQ conferences in 17 of 18 seasons since moving up to the FBS in 1996.
UCF has the second-fewest seniors in the country, ranking only behind South Carolina (five).
Fewest number of seniors:
School - Seniors
1) South Carolina - 5
T2) UCF - 8*
T2) Virginia - 8
4) Indiana - 10
* - Does not include Jackie Williams who sits out 2013
PRODUCTION AGAINST THE BEST
Since its first year of football in 1979, UCF has played 54 games against current members of BCS automatically-qualifying conferences.
In the Knights' 34-31 win at Penn State, they racked up 507 total yards on 288 in the air and 219 on the ground.
The 34 points were the most given up by Penn State in a Nittany Lions' home non-conference game since they joined the Big Ten. In 1992, its last season as an independent, Penn State allowed 35 points to Boston College in a 35-32 loss.
Most points vs. BCS schools:
Opponent - Date - Points
1) at Alabama - 10/28/00 - 40
2) Syracuse - 11/2/02 - 35
3) at Penn State - 9/14/13 - 34
Most total yards vs. BCS schools:
Opponent - Date - Total Yards
1) Syracuse - 11/2/02 - 539
2) at Penn State - 9/14/13 - 507
Most rushing yards vs. BCS schools:
Opponent - Date - Rush Yards
1) at Kansas State - 9/25/10 - 252
2) Boston College - 9/10/11 - 235
3) at Penn State - 9/14/13 - 219
It also was UCF's 13th most passing yards against a BCS program.
A PERFORMANCE TO REMEMBER
Even though UCF's offensive line had a different look at Penn State compared to its first two games, it delivered in a big way.
Along with guiding the offense to 219 rushing yards, it did not yield a sack, which was just the seventh time in UCF history it did not allow a sack when facing a BCS opponent.
Against PSU, the line featured Tarik Cook making his first career start (RG), Chris Martin moving from right tackle to left tackle and Justin McCray skipping over from right guard to right tackle.
The 2013 season marks the first in which UCF scored at least 30 points in its first three games.
SPREADING THE LOVE
UCF's 100-yard receivers this year:
-Breshad Perriman vs. Akron -113
-Rannell Hall at FIU - 127
-J.J. Worton at Penn State - 101
The last time UCF had a different WR post at least 100 yards in three straight games was in 1998 (Mark Nonsant, Siaha Burley and Charles Lee).
The last time UCF had three straight games with a 100-yard receiver was in 2006 (Rocky Ross and Mike Sims-Walker).
ATTACKING FROM ALL DIRECTIONS
Storm Johnson posted a career-high 117 rushing yards while J.J. Worton finished with 101 receiving yards in the win at Penn State.
UCF had not had a game with a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver since 2010 when Ronnie Weaver raced for 112 on the ground and Jamar Newsome added 100 in the air vs. Southern Miss.
#BORTLESKOMBAT - THROUGH THREE GAMES
Earning American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for his work at Penn State, junior quarterback Blake Bortles ranks fifth in the nation with a 199.5 passer efficiency rating, and seventh with 16.32 yards per completion.
The Oviedo native did have his streak snapped at PSU as he had a school record 232 straight pass attempts without an interception.
Bortles has thrown a touchdown pass in 11 consecutive games (record is 28 by Ryan Schneider from 2001-03).
Consecutive games with a TD pass for UCF:
Player - Dates - Games
1) Ryan Schneider - 9/22/01-11/1/03 - 28
2) Daunte Culpepper - 11/2/96-10/31/98 - 22
3) Darin Hinshaw - 11/2/91-11/14/92 - 12
Darin Hinshaw - 11/6/93-10/29/94 - 12
Vic Penn - 9/25/99-9/30/00 - 12
Steven Moffett - 11/6/04-11/5/05 - 12
7) Blake Bortles - 10/20/12-current - 11
His 288 passing yards at PSU were the most by a UCF QB against a BCS school dating back to Ryan Schneider's 440-yard effort vs. Syracuse in 2002.
Even though he did not get to boost his total last week, junior Storm Johnson still ranks fifth with six rushing touchdowns, while he is tied for first with seven other players by averaging 2.0 rushing TDs per game. He also sits in second in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per outing.
He posted his first career touchdown reception at Penn State, and had his longest rush of his UCF career with a 58-yard touchdown run as well.
Johnson's first two seasons compared to 2013:
Seasons - GP - Attempts - Yards - TDs
'10*, '12 - 23 - 122 - 626 - 5
2013 - 3 - 55 - 305 - 6
* - At Miami (Fla.)
With just one senior starter on defense, UCF has had several youngsters step up, and so far the Knights have held their ground.
UCF currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the following categories:
-Total defense - 21st (292.7)
-Passing yards allowed - 25th (173.3)
-Scoring defense - 14th (12.7)
-First downs - 15th (49)
The Knights also place second in The American in scoring defense and third in total defense.
At Penn State, sophomore defensive end Miles Pace earned his first career start, while true freshman linebacker Chequan Burkett made his first start in the college ranks.
Terrance Plummer was the last true freshman linebacker to receive a start when he got the nod against Memphis in 2011.
Top tacklers among players who are appearing on the UCF defense for the first time in their careers:
Player - GP-GS - TACK - TFL - NOTE
S Sean Maag* - 3-0 - 11-4-15 - 1.5 - 1 FF
CB Jacoby Glenn - 3-3 - 10-2-12 - 0.0 - 3 BRUP
DT Demetris Anderson - 3-3 - 6-3-9 - 2.0
LB Chequan Burkett - 3-1 - 4-2-6 - 1.0
*Appeared only on special teams with UCF last year
Terrance Plummer has led UCF in tackles in each of the first three games this year, while he also forced his first career fumble in the fourth quarter at Penn State.
Plummer is the only Knight with at least 20 tackles this year (28), while he also leads the team with 3.0 tackles for loss.
THIRD DOWN BATTLES
Opening the year by allowing Akron to go 8-for-16 on third downs, UCF has held its own the last two games.
At FIU, the Knights surrendered only three third-down conversions in 15 attempts by the Panthers.
In game three at Penn State, the Nittany Lions finished just 2-for-8.
BREAKING DOWN THIRD DOWNS
UCF's third-down defense in the last two games against FIU and Penn State:
Yards to Go - Conversions - Attempts
1-3 - 2 - 5
4-6 - 1 - 2
7+ - 2 - 16
Special Teams Notes
Junior Shawn Moffitt made both field-goal attempts at Penn State, with his 36-yard try proving to be the difference as it put UCF ahead 34-24 en route to a 34-31 victory.
Moffitt has opened 2013 by converting his first four field-goal attempts. As a sophomore in 2012, he started the year 8-for-8.
Highest career field-goal percentage at UCF:
Player - Years - Percentage
1) Michael Torres - 2006-07 - .771 (37-48)
2) Charlie Pierce - 1993-96 - .754 (46-61)
3) Shawn Moffitt - 2011-pres. - .704 (19-27)
4) Fred Waczewski - 1997-98 - .677 (21-31)
Opposing teams have to be on their toes every time they kick the ball away to UCF.
Kick returner Rannell Hall ranks seventh all-time at UCF in career yards with 1,233, while punt returner J.J. Worton is fourth with 439 career yards.
ANOTHER NEW PUNTER
Redshirt freshman Caleb Houston got his first taste of college action vs. Akron when he punted four times for a 40.0 average, including one inside the 20.
The following week against FIU, he had four more punts, this time for a 43.8 average with a long of 51 in the win over the Panthers.
And in game three, Houston's only official punt traveled 52 yards.
Houston is UCF's fourth different punter in the last four years.