Game Notes - Louisville Oct. 18


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Oct. 13, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Following its second bye of the year, UCF (4-1, 1-0) pays a Friday-night visit to No. 8/6 Louisville (6-0, 2-0) Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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Game Details:
Friday - Louisville, Ky. - 8 p.m.
2013 Records:
No. 8/6 Louisville - 6-0 Overall, 2-0 American
UCF - 4-1 Overall, 1-0 American
Stadium:
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (55,000)
Series:
UofL leads, 1-0
Live Coverage:
740-AM - Orlando
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Television:
ESPN

Team Notes
THE MATCHUP
• Following its second bye of the year, UCF (4-1, 1-0) pays a Friday-night visit to No. 8/6 Louisville (6-0, 2-0) Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
• UCF last faced a school from the Bluegrass State in 2000 when it topped Eastern Kentucky, 34-7.
• The Knights' last excursion to the Bluegrass State was a 50-36 loss at Western Kentucky in 1992.
• On Fridays, UCF has a 9-5 all-time record, including a 38-0 road win at FIU Sept. 6 this year.
• Louisville doubled up visiting UCF, 42-21, in the only game between the two programs Nov. 2, 1985. The Cardinals won the turnover battle that contest, 5-3.
• That 1985 meeting marked the first time in UCF history it battled a school from the FBS, as the Knights were a D-II member that season. It also was the first year the Cardinals were led by head coach Howard Schnellenberger.
• The Knights have a 7-10 overall record vs. schools from Kentucky.
• Already bowl eligible at 6-0, Louisville has wins over Temple and Rutgers to hold a 2-0 mark in The American.
• In the win over the Scarlet Knights Oct. 10, Louisville had a 300-yard passer, 100-yard receiver, 100-yard rusher and eight sacks.
• Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a 191.85 efficiency rating, is completing 71.0 percent of his passes and has thrown 18 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions.
• The offense is averaging 41.0 points and 505.3 yards per game, while it ranks first in college football in third-down conversion percentage (63.6).
• Defensively, the Cardinals are surrendering 7.3 points (leads FBS) and 229.5 yards per outing.
• Louisville has racked up 23 sacks in 2013, and given up seven.

ANOTHER TOUGH TEST
• Louisville will be the second top-15 program UCF will have faced this season, as the Knights dropped a close 28-25 decision to No. 12/13 South Carolina in Orlando Sept. 28.
• The last ranked team to fall to UCF was No. 13/12 Houston in Orlando Nov. 14, 2009 (37-32). That stands as the only win over a ranked program.

ROAD RULES
• UCF has won its first three road games for the first time in program history.
• The 2010 team set the school record for most road wins overall (not including neutral site) with five.

FRESHMEN STEP UP
• Several freshmen delivered throughout the win over Memphis. Among that group were three redshirt freshmen who had key performances in stopping the Tigers.
Jacoby Glenn produced seven tackles, two break-ups and an interception, Drico Johnson ran back a 12-yard fumble for the game-winning score and Caleb Houston averaged 52.2 yards on six punts including a 71-yarder.

HOMEGROWN
• There are plenty of Knights from the central Florida area who have played important roles so far in 2013:
Player - Hometown - Notes
DB Brandon Alexander - Orlando - 25 tackles
QB Blake Bortles - Oviedo - 9 TD passes
DT E.J. Dunston - Eatonville - 3.0 TFLs
LB Michael Easton - Winter Haven - 1 forced fumble
C Joey Grant - Apopka - Starting center
DE Deion Green - Orlando - 2.0 sacks
DB Sean Maag - Orlando - 3.0 TFLs, 1 INT
PK Shawn Moffitt - Orlando - 6-6 in field goals
DB Jordan Ozerities - Mount Dora - 1.5 TFLs

ALL ABOUT TURNOVERS
• With three interceptions and a fumble recovery, UCF thumped Memphis in the turnover game, 4-0.
• As a team, the Knights have five picks and seven fumble recoveries this year, and stands plus-7 in turnover margin.
• That margin ranks tied for sixth in the FBS.

Offense Notes
PERRIMAN AND HALL PUMPING OUT YARDS
Breshad Perriman (three) and Rannell Hall (two) have combined for five 100-yard receiving games, and neither had recorded 100 receiving yards in a contest until this season.
• As a true freshman in 2012, Perriman started slow but picked up toward the end, finishing with 26 receptions and 388 yards.
• In 2013, Perriman already has 18 catches for 397 yards.
• For Hall, he also had a slow true freshman campaign as a receiver, netting just four receptions for 34 yards in 2011. He boosted his production in 2012 with 35 catches for 631 yards.
• This year, Hall leads UCF with 21 catches, amassing 373 yards in the process.
• UCF's 100-yard receiving games in 2013:
Player - Opponent - Yards
Breshad Perriman - Akron - 3-113/1 TD
Rannell Hall - at FIU - 4-127/0 TD
J.J. Worton - at PSU - 7-101/1 TD
Rannell Hall - SC - 8-142/2 TD
Breshad Perriman - SC - 3-109/0 TD
Breshad Perriman - at MEM - 7-107/0 TD
• The last time the Knights posted at least six 100-yard receiving games in a season was 2006 when it had seven.
• The duo of Perriman and Hall became the first since Rocky Ross and Mike Sims-Walker vs. Memphis Nov. 11, 2006, to post at least 100 yards in the same game.
• The performance against South Carolina marked the 20th time in UCF history that two Knights racked up triple-figures in receiving yards in a game.
• The last time UCF had five straight games with a 100-yard receiver was in 2005 (Brandon Marshall and Sims-Walker).

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!
• Trailing by a touchdown with time ticking away at Memphis, UCF stunned the home crowd en route to a 24-17 win.
• Tying it up at the 2:05 mark, offensive lineman Chris Martin recovered a fumble in the endzone, giving him his second-career touchdown (had a TD reception as a tight end at Akron in 2012).
• On the ensuing kickoff, true freshman running back William Stanback delivered a massive hit on returner Marquis Warford, jarring the ball loose where redshirt freshman Drico Johnson scooped it and scored from 12 yards out with 1:56 on the clock.
• The nine-second difference between touchdowns marked the quickest UCF had scored a pair of touchdowns in school history.

LIMITING SACKS
• Since giving up four to Akron in the season opener, the offensive line has held FIU (one), Penn State (zero), South Carolina (two) and Memphis (one) to only four sacks in the last four outings.

REACHING THE 20-POINT MARK
• With a little help from a special-teams touchdown against Memphis, UCF has scored at least 24 points in all five games this year.
• This is the first season since 2007 that the Knights opened a new year by putting 20 points or more on the scoreboard in each of their first five outings.
• The 1988 team started its season by posting at least 20 points in its first seven contests.
• UCF when scoring at least 20 points:
Years - Affiliation - Record
1979-89 - D-II & D-III - 39-22
1990-95 - FCS - 42-10
1996-Pres. - FBS - 104-45
Overall 35 Years - 185-77

WELL DESERVED
• Senior offensive lineman Kelly Davison is a 2013 nominee for the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.
• A reserve offensive tackle who appears on field goal and PAT units, the Indiana native spent five years in the Marines after graduating from high school. His first deployment following boot camp was to Fallujah, Iraq.

THE WEEKLY #BORTLESKOMBAT
• Memphis held Blake Bortles to 160 yards passing in UCF's win, however the Tigers could not contain the junior on UCF's final drive which went for 15 plays and 80 yards as the Knights tied it at 17-17 with 2:05 left (and then took the lead on a fumble return on the ensuing kickoff)
• Big plays by Bortles on UCF's final drive at Memphis:
Down - Yardline - Play - Result
1-10 - UCF-20 - Pass to Perriman - 9 yds
2-1 - UCF-29 - Rush - 2 yds, 1st down
2-8 - UCF-33 - Pass to Hall - 8 yds, 1st down
3-9 - UCF-42 - Pass to Perriman - 15 yds, 1st down
1-10 - MEM-43 - Pass to Perriman - 8 yds
4-10 - MEM-28 - Pass to Perriman - 16 yds, 1st down
1-10 - MEM-12 - Pass to Hall - 11 yds, 1st down

Defense Notes
SACKMASTERS
• The Knights amassed five sacks in the win at Memphis, which were the most in a game since Missouri (five) Sept. 29, 2012, and the most against a conference school since the 2010 C-USA Championship Game vs. SMU (five).

GETTING PICKS
• UCF had not recorded three interceptions in a game since 2008 when it accomplished the feat three times. That changed at Memphis Oct. 5.
Terrance Plummer matched a school record with two interceptions in the win over the Tigers. It has now happened 22 times in UCF history, with Sha'reff Rashad the last Knight to haul in two picks in a game (vs. Miami and Marshall in 2008).
• Both of Plummer's picks came at the end of each half, with the latter sealing the UCF win. And Clayton Geathers was credited with the initial break-up on each play, enabling Pummer to pull in his second and third career interceptions.
Jacoby Glenn recorded UCF's other interception vs. the Tigers, which was the first of the freshman's career.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
• The last time UCF had at least five sacks and three interceptions in the same game before Memphis this year was in the 2007 C-USA Championship Game vs. Tulsa (six sacks, three picks).

AWARDING A PLUMMER
Terrance Plummer's weekly awards this year:
-FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week (Memphis)
-American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Memphis)
-American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Akron)
• Plummer led the Knights in tackles in the first four games, becoming the first player since Jason Venson in 2006-07 to lead UCF in tackles in four straight outings.

HE'S A MACHINE
• Junior strong safety Clayton Geathers has collected 228 tackles during his career, including 42 in 2013.
• If he can get 100 tackles this year, that will give him 286 in three full seasons as a Knight and put him just eight shy of cracking UCF's all-time top-10 tackles chart.
• Geathers was credited with both initial break-ups on Terrance Plummer's two interceptions which ended the first and second halves at Memphis.

IN THE WAY
• With six in five games, freshman Jacoby Glenn is on pace for 14 break-ups during the 12-game regular season this year. That would tie for the fourth-most in single-season history at UCF.
• Glenn is tied for 22nd in the nation by averaging 1.4 passes defended a game (six break-ups, one interception). That also is good for second in The American.

RIP IT OUT
• Opponents have lost seven of nine fumbles this year, as UCF ranks 11th in the country and second in the league in fumbles recovered.
• In both 2010 and 2011, the Knights had just six fumble recoveries each season.
• The Knights made it a point of emphasis in 2012 to strip the ball more, and the plan has worked. A look at fumbles and fumbles lost in the George O'Leary era (since 2004):
Season - Opp. Fumbles-Lost - UCF Fumbles-Lost
2013 - 9-7 - 7-1
2012 - 26-16 - 13-8
2011 - 13-6 - 17-10
2010 - 19-6 - 21-8
2009 - 31-16 - 15-7
2008 - 15-8 - 26-14
2007 - 16-4 - 29-15
2006 - 12-2 - 19-9
2005 - 21-13 - 21-11
2004 - 21-10 - 27-11

NO YARDS HERE
• The defense has amassed 35 tackles for loss, led by Terrance Plummer who has five.
• UCF is averaging 7.0 tackles for loss per game, its highest average since a 7.2 mark in 2009.

Special Teams Notes
HOMETOWN HERO
• With family watching in-person at Memphis, freshman punter and Tennessee native Caleb Houston booted six punts for 313 yards and a 52.2 average, including a long of 71.
• His 52.2 average was the fourth-highest in a single game at UCF, while his 71-yard effort tied for the third-longest punt in school history. The last 70-yard punt by a Knight came in 2009 by Blake Clingan (70 yards).
• Houston's performance helped limit Memphis to a starting field position of its own 23 for the game. Off his six punts, Memphis started drives on its own 33, 15, 20, 10, 38 and 24.

THE BIG HIT
• Running back William Stanback already had a rushing touchdown at Memphis before giving UCF its first lead when he forced kick returner Marquis Warford to fumble, where Drico Johnson recovered for a touchdown and a 24-17 lead with 1:56 to go.
Ronnie Weaver was the last Knight to post a rushing touchdown and a forced fumble in the same game when he did so vs. Charleston Southern in 2011.

COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED
• In 2012, Shawn Moffitt opened the year 8-for-8 in field-goal attempts. This year, he has kicked off 2013 by going 6-for-6.
• He 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.
• 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. - .724 (21-29)

 

 

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