Game Notes - UConn Oct. 26


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Oct. 20, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston
UCFKnights.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Away from Bright House Networks Stadium since Sept. 28, No. 21/25 UCF will host UConn Saturday at noon in the first American Athletic Conference game on campus.

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Game Details:
Saturday - Orlando, Fla. - 12 p.m.
2013 Records:
UConn - 0-6 Overall, 0-2 American
No. 21/25 UCF - 5-1 Overall, 2-0 American
Stadium:
Bright House Networks Stadium (45,323)
Series:
First Meeting
Live Coverage:
740-AM - Orlando
UCF Gameday
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Television:
ESPN Regional
American Athletic Conference Game of the Week Information

Team Notes
THE MATCHUP
• The Knights boast a 5-1 overall record (2-0 in league play), marking their best six-game record since 1998 when they also started 5-1.
• Saturday marks "Knights for Pink" day at the stadium, and the contest is being sponsored by the Orlando Utilities Commission.
• Following its clash with the Huskies, the Knights will enter their third bye week of the season.
• In the American Athletic Conference, UCF is facing UConn and Temple for the first time.
• The Knights hold a 2-1 record against teams from Connecticut, defeating Yale (1993) and Southern Connecticut State (1988) while falling to New Haven (1988). All three of those games took place in Orlando and before UCF jumped to the FBS level in 1996.
• This will be the second game at Bright House Networks Stadium against a school from New England (Boston College in 2011).
• UCF carries a 5-2 record vs. programs from New England, having not played schools in either New Hampshire, Vermont or Rhode Island.
• The Huskies enter with an 0-6 record as well as an 0-2 mark in The American.
• UConn is averaging 16.3 points per game along with 229.5 passing yards and 74.3 rushing yards per contest.
• Defensively, it is surrendering 30.7 points per outing and an average of 377.7 yards of total offense.
• UConn has posted five sacks and given up 31.
• Under center, Tim Boyle went 22-for-39 for 310 yards in his last outing against Cincinnati, but threw three picks.
• Linebacker Yawin Smallwood ranks second in the league with 77 tackles.

TOP 25!
• UCF is nationally ranked for the first time since the final 2010 rankings, checking in at No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
• Those 2010 polls had UCF at No. 21/20, as this year ties for the highest AP ranking in school history.
• UCF received 345 points in the AP Top 25, marking the most points ever for the Knights in either poll.
• The Black and Gold also achieved its highest BCS ranking when it reached No. 23 in the first BCS standings of the year which were announced Oct. 20.

SEARCHING FOR A BOWL BERTH
• If UCF can pull out a win against UConn, it would be bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last nine years, and fourth time in the last five campaigns.

SEASON OF FIRSTS - AND ONLY HALFWAY THROUGH
• Six games into 2013, UCF has experienced plenty of memories already:
-First win over a Big Ten team
-First win over a top-10 team
-First year in the American Athletic Conference
-Tied for the highest ranking in the AP Poll
-47,605 attended UCF's game vs. No. 12/13 South Carolina, marking the second-largest crowd in Bright House Networks Stadium history
-4-0 road record, marking UCF's best road start

THE COMEBACK
• Largest come-from-behind wins in school history:
Opponent, Year - Deficit - Trailed - Won
at Louisville, 2013 - 21 points - 28-7 - 38-35
Illinois State, 1984 - 21 points - 21-0 - 28-24
• Trailing 28-7 in the third quarter at No. 8/6 Louisville, UCF produced two touchdowns in 1:10, and three touchdowns in 4:20 to tie it up at 28-28.
• The Cardinals were the only team left in the nation who had not trailed, until Shawn Moffitt connected on a field goal in the fourth quarter for a 31-28 lead as UCF scored 24-unanswered points.
• Even though Louisville regained the lead, UCF went up for good with 23 seconds left on a Blake Bortles to Jeff Godfrey 2-yard touchdown pass.

THE AMERICAN
• The Knights carry an 8-3 all-time record in conference home openers, highlighted by winning their last six.
• Early in conference play, UCF sits in a tie for first with Houston and USF with a 2-0 American record.

MIDSEASON ACCOLADES
• Phil Steele's 2013 Midseason All-Conference Teams were released Oct. 17, and a total of 12 Knights were honored. Among that group were first-team honorees:
-RB Storm Johnson
-OL Chris Martin
-LB Terrance Plummer
-DB Clayton Geathers

TRAVELING MEN
• UCF (four), Oregon State (four) and Northern Illinois (five) are the only schools in the FBS to have at least four road wins this year.
• The 2010 team set the school record for most road wins overall (not including neutral site) with five.

Offense Notes
DOING ITS JOB...AND THEN SOME
• After allowing four in game one, the UCF offensive line has limited sacks the last five games:
Opponent - Sacks - Yards
Akron - 4 - 22
at FIU - 1 - 8
at PSU - 0 - 0
S.C. - 2 - 16
at MEM - 1 - 13
at LOU - 0 - 0
• Louisville did not register a sack for the first time in 2013 after coming off an eight-sack performance against Rutgers.
• The line also has paved the way for 13 rushing touchdowns. UCF is on pace for 26 rushing scores in a 12-game regular season, which would be the sixth most in school history. The Knights have had at least 20 rushing touchdowns each year from 2009-12.

#STORMWARNING
• With eight in 2013, Storm Johnson is on track to post 16 rushing touchdowns in a 12-game season, which would be good for second all-time at UCF.
• The Georgia native was the do-it-all player for the Knights in the win at Louisville, rushing for 109 yards and amassing a career-high 79 receiving yards. In all, he had 188 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
Alex Haynes was the last Knight to have at least 75 rushing and receiving yards in a game when he posted 103 and 95, respectively, vs. Central Michigan Oct. 25, 2003.
• Johnson's top three games this season:
Opponent - Rushing - Receiving - All-Purpose
at LOU - 18-109-1 - 4-79-1 - 188
at FIU - 18-89-3 - 2-39-0 - 128
at PSU - 17-117-1 - 1-4-1 - 121

AN OFFENSIVE SHOW
• Most points against a ranked team:
Opponent - Date - Points
at #6 Louisville - Oct. 18, 2013 - 38
#12 Houston - Nov. 14, 2009 - 37
#6 Texas - Sept. 15, 2007 - 32
• Most total yards against a ranked team:
Opponent - Date - Yards
at #4 Florida - Sept. 11, 1999 - 447
at #6 Louisville - Oct. 18, 2013 - 446
at #11 Georgia - Sept. 25, 1999 - 441
• The 38 points vs. UofL were the most it had given up in a non-conference game since 44 vs. Utah Oct. 5, 2007, and the most Louisville had surrendered at home since 38 vs. Rutgers Nov. 29, 2007.

LATE-SCORING DRIVES
• The Knights have had back-to-back games in which they successfully marched down field late en route to a victory.
• At Memphis, UCF's final drive went 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).
Blake Bortles was 6-for-10 for 67 on that drive at Memphis, highlighted by a 4th-and-10 conversion.
• At UofL, UCF's final drive went 11 plays for 75 yards.
• Bortles was 9-for-16 at halftime vs. the Cardinals, but went 12-for-16 in the second half. And trailing 35-31 with 3:00 to play, he delivered with a 6-for-8 performance for 65 yards, capped off by a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey for the 38-35 win.

SO MUCH DEPTH
• UCF has had three players post 100-yard receiving games this year in Breshad Perriman, Rannell Hall and J.J. Worton.
• But at Louisville, a whole new group of faces stepped up in the receiving game. Along with running back Storm Johnson's four catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, Josh Reese had four receptions as well, none more important than the two on the final drive which went for 28 and 14 yards.
• Tight end Justin Tukes got into the act with a career-high four catches as well.
• And Jeff Godfrey, who did not have a TD reception in his previous 15 catches in 2013, changed that with the game-winning TD with 23 seconds left.
• Hall has a reception in 21 straight games, while Godfrey has a streak of 20 consecutive outings. A reception vs. UConn for Hall will move him into a tie for 10th for the longest streak in school history.

SECURE THE BALL
• UCF ranks fifth in the FBS with two fumbles lost.
• Fewest fumbles lost in UCF history:
Season - Games - Fumbles - Fumbles Lost
2013 - 6 - 9 - 2
2009 - 13 - 15 - 7
1997 - 11 - 13 - 7

THE WEEKLY #BORTLESKOMBAT
Blake Bortles ranks sixth in UCF history with 439 completions and seventh with 683 attempts. Meanwhile, his 42 passing touchdowns put him fifth.
• Throwing for 1,584 yards through six games, the Oviedo native is on pace to finish with 3,168 yards in a 12-game season. That would rank as the third-most yards by a UCF quarterback in school history, ranking only behind Ryan Schneider (3,770 in 2002) and Daunte Culpepper (3,690 in 1998).

Defense Notes
GET ON THE BALL
• The Knights place fifth in the FBS with nine fumble recoveries through six games in 2013. In five of seven seasons from 2006-12, UCF did not have nine fumble recoveries all year.
• A look at fumbles and fumbles lost in the George O'Leary era (since 2004):
Season - Opp. Fumbles-Lost - UCF Fumbles-Lost
2013 - 11-9 - 9-2
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

ON THE TURF
• UCF has seven forced fumbles this year, with four defensive players posting their first forced fumbles of their careers: Terrance Plummer (two), Troy Gray, Brandon Alexander and Michael Easton.

THE SACKS UPDATE
• UCF had a combined seven sacks in its last two outings, including two key ones at Louisville.
• As UCF trailed 7-0 in the second quarter, Jacoby Glenn forced pressure on third down on Teddy Bridgewater to get his first sack. UCF turned the punt into points, tying the game on their next drive.
• With the Knights attempting its comeback after trailing 28-7 in the third quarter, Terrance Plummer brought Bridgewater down for a 14-yard sack on third down. Three offensive plays later and UCF tied it again at 28-28.
• 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).

BREAKING IT UP
• Redshirt freshman Jacoby Glenn has been enjoying an all-around season in his first year at cornerback for UCF.
• The Alabama native has not only 31 tackles, a sack and an interception, but eight break-ups.
• Glenn leads The American with nine passes defended, and is on pace to have 16 break-ups in the regular season, which would be the second most in UCF history.

PLUM CRAZY
• Middle linebacker Terrance Plummer places seventh in The American with 53 tackles and 11th by averaging one tackle for loss per game.
• Plummer entered 2013 without a sack on his resume, but already has two this season.
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)

Special Teams Notes
NO DOUBT
• Junior Shawn Moffitt has connected on all seven field-goal tries this year, and is one of 10 kickers in the FBS who have at least five attempts to be booting at 100%.
• Last year, Moffitt opened the campaign a perfect 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. - .733 (22-30)

NOT GOING ANYWHERE
• UCF sits 20th in the nation by allowing just 3.78 yards per punt return.
• Opponents' punt returns in 2013:
Opponent - Returns - Yards
Akron - 2 - 11
at FIU - 1 - -2
at PSU - 1 - 15
S.C. - 1 - 0
at MEM - 4 - 10
at LOU - 0 - 0

THE BIG HIT
• Running back William Stanback already had a rushing touchdown at Memphis before he gave 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.

 

 

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