Nov. 11, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - No. 15/19 UCF makes its second trip to Pennsylvania this year when it visits Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Saturday at noon.
UCF Football Game Notes in PDF Format
Saturday - Philadelphia, Pa. - 12 p.m.
Temple - 1-8 Overall, 0-5 American
No. 15/19 UCF - 7-1 Overall, 4-0 American
Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)
740-AM - Orlando
American Athletic Conference Game of the Week Information
This will be the fourth active NFL stadium the Knights will have visited (Tampa Bay, Miami, New Orleans), while they also have played at Sun Devil Stadium in 2002 when the facility was the home of the Arizona Cardinals.
Saturday's game is the American Athletic Conference Game of the Week and can be seen on CW18 in Orlando, and for more details on viewing the game across the country, visit TheAmerican.org.
UCF is in the top 15 for the first time in program history as this week marks the highest rankings in the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll for the Knights.
The Knights also have their highest ranking in the BCS as they are No. 17 in the latest standings.
Temple and UConn are the two conference teams on this year's schedule that UCF had never faced before 2013.
The last time UCF traveled this far north in November or later was a trip to Muncie, Ind., to face Ball State Nov. 13, 2004, when the Knights were in their last season in the MAC.
It is not expected to dip this low, but the coldest temperature UCF has experienced in program history was a 33-degree affair at Eastern Michigan Nov. 8, 2003.
The Knights have a 5-4 all-time record vs. teams from the Keystone State, including a 34-31 win at Penn State Sept. 14 earlier this year.
Temple sports a 1-8 overall record, yet five of its losses have come by 10 points or less. Its lone win of the year was vs. Army.
The Owls average 22.3 points and 373.8 yards per game, including 150.9 rushing yards per outing.
True freshman quarterback P.J. Walker went 21-for-31 with 203 yards, two TDs and two interceptions in his last game vs. Rutgers.
The defense has registered two interceptions and 14 sacks on the year, with linebacker Tyler Matakevich leading the way with 113 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss.
Temple ranks sixth in the FBS in net punting and 13th in fumbles recovered.
UCF turned the ball over more than its opponent for the first time this year vs. Houston.
The Knights still pulled out the W, and have won their last four games when they committed more turnovers than the opposition. Since 2009, UCF is 8-8 when losing the turnover battle.
In 2013, UCF ranks eighth in the FBS in turnover margin (1.0). Temple sits 84th (-0.3).
HEARTS STILL POUNDING
UCF has won four games this year by seven points or less. The school record for most games won by seven points or less in a season is five in 2009. That year, the Knights overcame four deficits en route to an 8-5 record.
Deficits overcome in 2013:
Opponent - Trailed - Result
at Memphis - 17-10 late 4th quarter - W, 24-17
at Louisville - 28-7 3rd quarter - W, 38-35
Houston - 7-6 3rd quarter - W, 19-14
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
GOING FOR 8-1
Best starts to a season in program history:
Season - Record
T1) 2013 - 7-1
T1) 1998 - 7-1
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 4-0
WE WANT THE BALL
UCF has received the opening kickoff in 14 straight games, which is the second-longest active streak in the FBS:
School - Consecutive Games Receiving the Ball
1) East Carolina - 20
2) UCF - 14
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 rankings 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
A TWO-HEADED BEAST
UCF has been used to having incredible depth at the running back position, and 2013 is proving to be no different.
Junior Storm Johnson is coming off a career-high 127 yards against Houston and has 719 for the season. He leads The American in touchdowns with nine rushing and three receiving.
True freshman William Stanback has blossomed as well, posting 316 rushing yards and five rushing scores, including both of UCF's touchdowns in the win over Houston. He had a career-high against Houston as well with 74 yards.
Johnson averages 5.1 yards per carry, and Stanback boasts a 5.7 mark.
BREAK IT DOWN
Blake Bortles is completing 77.8 percent of his passes on second down (63-for-81), while he has thrown for more touchdowns on third down (six).
When carrying the ball on third down, Storm Johnson has moved the chains 7-of-11 times, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Meanwhile, he averages 6.8 yards on second down.
Johnson has five rushing touchdowns on second down, and William Stanback has all five of his rushing touchdowns on first down.
THIRD DOWN? NO PROBLEM
UCF ranks 16th in the FBS in third-down conversions with a 50.5 percent clip.
Highest third-down conversion percentages in UCF history:
Season - Percentage
1) 1998 - 54.0
2) 2010 - 51.0
3) 2013 - 50.5
CONTINUE TO WIN UP FRONT
UCF is second in the league in fewest sacks against:
School - Sacks Against
1) Cincinnati - 9
2) UCF - 10
3) Louisville - 15
After allowing four in game one, UCF has limited the sacks in its last seven 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
Houston - 2 - 17
WHO IS NEXT?
Seven different players have led the Knights in receptions in UCF's eight games.
The Knights' leading receivers this year:
Opponent - Player(s) - Rec.
Akron - Hall, Perriman, Worton - 3
at FIU - Godfrey, Hall - 4
at PSU - Worton - 7
S.C. - Hall - 8
at MEM - Perriman - 7
at LOU - Johnson, Reese, Tukes - 4
UCONN - Godfrey, Worton - 6
HOU - Godfrey, Perriman - 5
UCF has recorded a rushing touchdown in 18 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 29 rushing touchdowns (currently with 18), 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.
I LIKE BEING EFFICIENT
UCF single-season passing efficiency leaders:
Player - Season - Efficiency
1) Daunte Culpepper - 1998 - 170.24
2) Blake Bortles - 2013 - 164.06
3) Jeff Godfrey - 2010 - 154.31
Against UConn, Blake Bortles finished with a 238.43 rating, which was the sixth highest in a single game in school history.
On Nov. 4, Bortles was named one of 16 QBs in the FBS as a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award.
The Oviedo native has led UCF to three come-from-behind victories this year, all in the second half (Memphis, Louisville, Houston).
WHAT A TRIO
After the UConn game, the team voted for captains for the rest of the season, and Jeff Godfrey, Jordan McCray and Justin McCray received the prestigious honors for 2013.
SEVERAL STANDOUT PERFORMANCES
Taking on a Houston program which had scored in 39 straight quarters dating back to 2012, UCF had a tough task Nov. 9 in the battle for first place.
The result? The Knights held the Cougars scoreless in the first half and well below their 41.1 points-per-game average in UCF's 19-14 win.
Notable outings on defense vs. the Cougars:
Player - Notes
Clayton Geathers - Team-high 9 TKL, 3 BRUP
Sean Maag - Team-high 9 TKL
Troy Gray - 8 TKL, 1 SACK
Brandon Alexander - 7 TKL, 2 BRUP, 1 INT
E.J. Dunston - 4 TKL, 2 SACKS, 1 BRUP
Jacoby Glenn - 3 TKL, 1 FF, 1 INT
The Knights collected nine break-ups against Houston, led by Clayton Geathers who posted three (school record stands at five).
In UCF's FBS era (since 1996), the nine break-ups tied for the sixth most in a single game:
Opponent - Date - Break-ups
1) Northwestern State - 9/9/00 - 13
2) Louisiana-Lafayette - 11/24/01 - 11
T3) UTEP - 11/25/11 - 10
T3) Boston College - 9/20/08 - 10
T3) UAB - 10/6/01 - 10
T6) Houston - 11/9/13 - 9
T6) Five other times
In terms of overall passes defended (break-ups and interceptions), UCF had 11 vs. the Cougars, tied for the fourth most in a game since 1996.
UCF has three players in The American's top seven in passes defended per game.
Cornerback Jacoby Glenn is tied for first with a 1.5 average thanks to 10 break-ups and a pair of picks.
Safety Clayton Geathers places third with a 1.0 average on eight break-ups.
Linebacker Terrance Plummer claims seventh with five break-ups and two picks for a 0.88 average.
Glenn needs two more break-ups to crack UCF's single-season top 10.
THE LAST DRIVE
Ahead 19-14 against Houston as the Cougars drove down in the final seconds Nov. 9, the group on the field that stepped up to secure the win on that drive consisted of former walk-ons Brandon Alexander and Sean Maag, as well as true freshmen Deondre Barnett, Seyvon Lowry and Shaquill Griffin.
MOVING BODIES AROUND
E.J. Dunston delivered in a big way against Houston, collecting a pair of sacks and a break-up that eventually led to a failed fourth-down conversion.
The two sacks set a career-high for the defensive tackle, while he leads the team this year with three.
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 it held a conference team to 170 passing yards or less.
STOP RIGHT THERE
Ranking seventh in the FBS in red zone defense, UCF has limited opponents to scoring inside the 20 just 66.7 percent of the time.
The Knights have allowed 16 touchdowns and no field goals out of 24 times opposing teams have reached the red zone.
Special Teams Notes
WHAT A RUN
A semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, Shawn Moffitt began 2013 by converting his first 11 field-goal attempts.
Dating back to last year, he made 12 straight field goals, tying for the second-longest streak in school history.
UCF's consecutive field goals made:
Player - Dates - Cons. FG Made
1) Michael Torres - 10/20/07-12/29/07 - 16
T2) Charlie Pierce - 9/25/93-10/30/93 - 12
T2) Shawn Moffitt - 12/21/12-11/9/13 - 12
4) Matt Prater 11/18/03-9/18/04 - 11
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. - .743 (26-35)
UCF has posted a field goal in nine consecutive games.
Consecutive games in which UCF made a field goal:
Season(s) - Games with a FG
1) 2005 - 11
2) 1987-88 - 10
3) 1991-92, 1999-00, 2012-13 - 9
NOT A LOT OF PLAYING TIME
Caleb Houston has shined in his first year as UCF's punter, averaging 43.5 yards per punt.
That would rank 19th nationally, however he does not qualify for the NCAA rankings due to UCF's offense having one of its most productive seasons in history.
Houston averages 3.1 punts per game, while the minimum number to qualify is 3.6.