Game Notes - Houston Nov. 9


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Nov. 3, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston
UCFKnights.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - One of the most memorable weeks on campus has arrived as No. 19/21 UCF celebrates Homecoming with the Knights battling Houston for first place to cap off the week Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Game Details:
Saturday - Orlando, Fla. - 7 p.m.
2013 Records:
Houston - 7-1 Overall, 4-0 American
No. 19/21 UCF - 6-1 Overall, 3-0 American
Stadium:
Bright House Networks Stadium (45,323)
Series:
UCF leads, 3-1
Live Coverage:
740-AM - Orlando
UCF Gameday
Twitter.com/UCF_Football
Television:
ESPN2

Team Notes
THE MATCHUP
• The Knights hold a 23-10 all-time record on Homecoming, highlighted by victories in their last four outings which saw the home team amass at least 37 points in every game during the streak.
• Saturday's contest is presented by Lowe's Home Improvement and SunTrust.
• In the all-time series with Houston, UCF leads 3-1 with all four contests taking place when the two programs were members of Conference USA.
• The Knights hold a 2-0 record in Orlando including victories at the Florida Citrus Bowl in 2005 and at Bright House Networks Stadium in 2009.
• Three of the four meetings have been decided by seven points or less, however UCF and Houston have not met since 2010.
• With a 7-1 overall record and a 4-0 mark in league play, Houston has scored in every quarter this year, and has posted at least 22 points in all eight contests.
• True freshman John O'Korn has thrown for 22 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing 65.2 percent of his passes.
• The Cougars are averaging 41.1 points per game, and are allowing 22.4 points per outing.
• The defense is surrendering 430.2 yards this year, and has 17 interceptions.
• Houston has an FBS-best 29 takeaways compared to turning the ball over nine times to rank first in the nation in turnover margin.

THANK YOU!
• Saturday will be Military Appreciation Day, and fans are encouraged to get to their seats early for a special flyover by a 1962 Vietnam era Douglas A-4C Skyhawk piloted by Dave Dollarhide. There also will be several pregame activities in IOA Plaza.

THE TOP 25 UPDATE
• After the bye week, UCF remained No. 19 in the AP Top 25, and moved up to No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. No. 19 is the highest ranking all-time for the Knights.

KEEP IT ROLLING
• Best starts to a season in program history:
Season - Record
1) 1998 - 7-1
T2) 2013 - 6-1
T2) 1993 - 6-1
T2) 1988 - 6-1
• Best starts in conference play in program history (first season in a league was in 2002):
Season - Record
1) 2012 - 6-0
2) 2010 - 5-0
3) 2013 - 3-0

WE WANT THE BALL
• UCF has received the opening kickoff in 13 straight games, which is the third-longest active streak in the FBS:
School - Consecutive Games Receiving the Ball
1) San Diego State - 23
2) East Carolina - 19
3) UCF - 13

WHAT A SEASON ALREADY
• Some of the top moments so far in 2013:
-First win over a Big Ten team
-First win over a top-10 team
-First year in the American Athletic Conference
-Highest ranking in school history
-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
-Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week following the victory at Louisville
-Bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last nine years, and fourth time in the last five campaigns

Offense Notes
NOT SLOWING DOWN
• The offense has already put together one of its most productive seasons in school history.
• The 1988 and 2013 teams are the only ones to have scored at least 20 points in their first seven games (1988's streak ended in game eight).
• UCF's highest single-season scoring average:
Season - Games - Points - Average
1) 1992 - 10 - 373 - 37.3
2) 2013 - 7 - 259 - 37.0
3) 1994 - 11 - 399 - 36.3
• 2013 is UCF's 35th year of football, and through seven games it has scored 259 points. Since the program's inception in 1979, 10 UCF teams did not reach the 259-point mark in their entire season.
• The 62 points against UConn tied for the eighth most in a single game, and were the most in a league contest.
• UCF's most points in a conference game:
Opponent - Date - Score
1) UConn - Oct. 26, 2013 - W, 62-17
2) at Tulane - Nov. 20, 2010 - W, 61-14
3) Memphis - Sept. 22, 2007 - W, 56-20
• The Knights have scored a combined 100 points in their last two games, the most in back-to-back contests since 101 vs. Liberty and ULM in 2001.

GETTING SIX ON THE GROUND
• UCF has recorded a rushing touchdown in 17 straight games (it had a streak of 23 consecutive games with a rushing score from 2009-11).
• In a 13-game season, the Knights are on pace for 30 rushing touchdowns (currently with 16), which would rank fifth on the single-season chart.
• UCF had at least 20 rushing touchdowns just seven times in its first 28 seasons. If it can get to 20 in 2013, it will post 20 rushing touchdowns or more in six of the last seven seasons.

TALK ABOUT DOMINANCE
• After allowing four in game one, UCF has limited the sacks in its last six 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
UConn - 0 - 0
• The last time UCF went back-to-back games without giving up a sack was vs. FAU and at Syracuse in 2003 (first three games of 1988 was the last time UCF went three straight).
• Louisville did not register a sack for the first time in 2013 after coming off an eight-sack performance against Rutgers.

THE GOAL: ENDZONE
• Not counting drives that end a half, 13 of UCF's last 20 offensive drives have resulted in a touchdown.

ALL IN LESS THAN 33 MINUTES
• In limited time against UConn, Blake Bortles became just the fifth different quarterback in program history to be responsible for at least five touchdowns when he had four through the air and one on the ground.
• The five TDs ranked in a tie for seventh in a single-game (record stands at seven).
• Ryan Schneider in 2002 was the last UCF QB to throw four touchdown passes in a game.
• Bortles was in for eight drives vs. UConn, and UCF's offense scored seven touchdowns and had one field goal during that time. He finished with a 238.43 rating, which was the sixth highest in a single game in school history.

NOT A BAD STRETCH
• In his first year as a wide receiver in 2012, Jeff Godfrey hauled in three touchdown receptions.
• Just against UConn Oct. 26, Godfrey notched three TD catches which was one shy of the school record, and he has four for the season.
• His other touchdown reception this year was the game-winning score with 23 seconds left at No. 8/6 Louisville Oct. 18.

SPREADING THE BALL AROUND
• The ground game produced 176 rushing yards against UConn, even though UCF did not have a player with at least 10 rushing attempts for the first time since Southern Miss in 2008.
• A total of eight Knights had at least one rush, with five players posting 20 yards or more.

TALK ABOUT PRODUCING
• In his first collegiate season as a starting running back, Storm Johnson has exceeded expectations.
• The Georgia native has a rushing touchdown in six of seven games to give him nine for the season. He also has three receiving touchdowns.
• Johnson has at least two touchdowns overall in five of seven games, and ranks ninth in the FBS in scoring.
• Johnson is on pace for 17 rushing touchdowns, which would be good for second all-time at UCF.
• In the win at Louisville, he rushed for 109 yards and amassed 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 in 2003.

Defense Notes
ALL-AROUND
• UCF's defense limited UConn to 91 rushing yards and 142 passing yards in its 62-17 win.
• The 233 total yards by the Huskies were the second fewest allowed this year (173 at FIU).
• It was the sixth time in the last two seasons the Knights held a conference team to 170 passing yards or less.
• In the last three outings, UCF has held Memphis, Louisville and UConn to 118, 104 and 91 rushing yards, respectively.

STOPPING THEM IN THEIR TRACKS
• Ranking eighth in the FBS in red zone defense, UCF has limited opponents to scoring inside the 20 just 68.2 percent of the time.
• The Knights have allowed 15 touchdowns and no field goals out of 22 times opposing teams have reached the red zone.
• FBS' top red zone defenses in 2013:
School - Att. - TD - FG - Scores - Pct.
1) Baylor - 20 - 8 - 3 - 11 - .550
2) NTEX - 28 - 12 - 4 - 16 - .571
3) USC - 24 - 10 - 4 - 14 - .583
BGSU - 24 - 14 - 0 - 14 - .636
5) LOU - 22 - 10 - 4 - 14 - .636
6) Ohio - 24 - 12 - 4 - 16 - .667
7) ECU - 25 - 12 - 5 - 17 - .680
8) UCF - 22 - 15 - 0 - 15 - .682

THE NEWBIES
• A total of 21 defensive players have made their FBS collegiate debuts with the Knights this year (including on special teams).
• Players who have made their debuts with UCF in 2013 and who have also started at least one game:
Players - Games Played - Starts
DT Demetris Anderson - 7 - 7
CB Jacoby Glenn - 7 - 7
DE Luke Adams - 5 - 2
DT Jaryl Mamea - 6 - 2
DE Miles Pace - 4 - 2
DE Deondre Barnett - 1 - 1
LB Chequan Burkett - 4 - 1
• The 21 student-athletes have a combined 84 games played to their credit this year.

TOP 25
• The Knights rank in the top 25 as a team in the following categories:
-Turnover Margin - 5th
-Fumbles Recovered - 6th
-Red Zone Defense - 8th
-First Down Defense - 12th
-Scoring Defense - 18th
-Rushing Defense - 24th

TOPPING ALL FRESHMEN
• Redshirt freshman Jacoby Glenn leads all freshmen in the FBS by averaging 1.6 passes defended per game with 10 break-ups and an interception.
• That average also ranks sixth overall.
• Glenn leads The American with 11 passes defended.
• He is on pace to have 19 break-ups, which would be the second most in UCF history. Every player in the single-season top 10 for break-ups with the exception of sophomore Josh Robinson in 2010 is either a junior or senior.

Special Teams Notes
STREAKING
• Junior placekicker Shawn Moffitt has opened 2013 a perfect 9-for-9 in field goals and has made his last 10 dating back to 2012, his second career streak of at least nine straight converted field goals.
• Moffitt is one of nine kickers with at least five attempts to be at 100% this year.
• UCF's consecutive field goals made:
Player - Dates - Cons. FG Made
1) Michael Torres - 10/20/07-12/29/07 - 16
2) Charlie Pierce - 9/25/93-10/30/93 - 12
3) Matt Prater - 11/18/03-9/18/04 - 11
T4) Shawn Moffitt - 12/21/12-pres. - 10
T4) Javier Beorlegui - 9/23/00-9/1/01 - 10
T6) Shawn Moffitt - 11/3/11-10/13/12 - 9
T6) Charlie Pierce - 10/15/94-11/19/94 - 9
• 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. - .750 (24-32)

A BOOMER
• In his first year punting for UCF, Caleb Houston owns a 43.7 average, which would be good for 14th if he qualified. He only has 23 punts due to UCF's offense having one of its most productive seasons in history.
• Houston is a candidate for the Ray Guy Award.

NOT GOING ANYWHERE
• The Knights are 14th in the FBS by allowing only 3.4 yards per punt return.
• The only return of at least 10 yards was a 15-yard effort by Penn State.
• There have been four games this year where opponents either did not record a return, or had 0 or negative yards vs. the Black and Gold.

 

 

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