Game Notes - Rutgers Nov. 21



Nov. 17, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The Cardiac Kids of the FBS are back at Bright House as No. 17/20 UCF hosts Rutgers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and it will air nationally on ESPN. The game is being presented by Florida Hospital and Centra Care.

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Game Details:
Thursday - Orlando, Fla. - 7:30 p.m.
2013 Records:
Rutgers - 5-4 Overall, 2-3 American
No. 17/20 UCF - 8-1 Overall, 5-0 American
Bright House Networks Stadium (45,323)
Rutgers, 1-0
Live Coverage:
740-AM - Orlando
UCF Gameday

Team Notes
• The Knights are 5-3 all-time on Thursdays, and this will be their first Thursday-night contest on ESPN since playing at South Carolina Sept. 1, 2005.
• In the only meeting between UCF and Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights downed the Knights, 45-24, in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl (now the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl). A crowd of 29,763 flooded Tropicana Field, which still stands as the largest crowd in the bowl's history.
• WR Kamar Aiken was the Knights' MVP in the contest.
• That game also was UCF's only one against a program from the Garden State.
• Looking for its sixth win to become bowl eligible, Rutgers (5-4, 2-3) has conference wins over SMU and Temple, but is 1-3 in its last four outings.
• Junior QB Gary Nova is completing 57.2 percent of his passes, throwing for 18 touchdowns and 13 picks. Senior Chas Dodd came in vs. Cincinnati Nov. 16 and went 9-for-12 for 79 yards.
• The Scarlet Knights are averaging 29.3 points and 396.8 yards per game, and are minus-6 in turnover margin.
• The defense has posted 22 sacks on the year, led by Marcus Thompson with 4.5, while the offense has given up 27.
• Rutgers has scored the most in the first quarter (73 points).

• The Knights are 5-1 this year in games decided by seven points or less, with the only defeat coming by three points against then No. 12/13 South Carolina. The wins, however, include the likes of then No. 8/6 Louisville and Penn State, both on the road.
• The 2009 and 2013 squads are the only two to post five wins of seven points or less in a season.
• In 2011, UCF lost six games by seven points or less.
• 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
at Temple - 36-29 late 4th quarter - W, 39-36
• 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

• At Memphis, UCF scored two TDs in a span of nine seconds to take a 24-17 lead with 1:56 left.
• At Louisville, Blake Bortles found Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds remaining for a 38-35 win.
• Against Houston, the defense stopped a high-octane offense when it had 1st-and-goal with less than a minute left to hold on for a 19-14 victory.
• At Temple, the Knights scored 10 points in the final 1:06 to escape with a 39-36 triumph.

• Best starts to a season in program history:
Season - Record
1) 2013 - 8-1
2) 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 and 2013 - 5-0

• UCF is 5-0 on the road, tying the 2010 team for the most regular-season road victories in school history.

• UCF has 34 victories since the 2010 season, which ranks tied for the 20th most in the FBS.

Offense Notes
• UCF's 657 total yards at Temple were the third-most in a single-game by the Knights, and the most since they joined the FBS in 1996.
• Most total yards in a game:
Opponent - Date - Yards
Gardner-Webb - Sept. 5, 1992 - 818
West Georgia - Oct. 17, 1987 - 700
at Temple - Nov. 16, 2013 - 657
• It was the ninth time UCF posted 600 yards of total offense or more in a game, and the first time since 601 at Memphis in 2007.

• Junior and Oviedo native Blake Bortles set a career-high with 404 passing yards at Temple, which were the 10th most all-time by a Knight and the first time since FAU (497) in 2003 that UCF had a 400-yard game through the air.
• Bortles became just the fifth different player in a UCF uniform to throw for at least 400 yards.
• He also tied a career-high with four touchdown passes.
• He ranks fourth at UCF in career touchdown passes (50) and fourth in passing yards (6,501).
• His 68.1 completion percentage ranks ninth in the FBS, and stands as the fifth highest in UCF history.
• Bortles' 168.6 efficiency rating is seventh in the FBS, and is second on the UCF single-season chart.

• UCF receivers have combined for nine 100-yard receiving games, the most since 11 in the 2005 season, all done by Brandon Marshall and Mike Sims-Walker.
• Against Temple, J.J. Worton racked up 179 yards and Rannell Hall added 159 of his own. The 179 yards tied for the 13th most in a single game.
• It was the second time this year two players had at least 100 yards in the same game (Hall and Breshad Perriman vs. South Carolina).
• Most combined receiving yards by a UCF duo in a single game:
Players - Date - Yards
Gabriel (206), Fryzel (150) - 10/12/02 - 356
Rhodes (231), Whittemore (109) - 10/24/92 - 340
Worton (179), Hall (159) - 11/16/13 - 338

Rannell Hall currently has a streak of 24 straight games with a reception, which is tied for the eighth-longest streak by a Knight.
• Converted wide receiver Jeff Godfrey has a streak of his own at 23, which is tied for 10th.

• Without a 100-yard rushing game before this year, Storm Johnson has four already in 2013, including back-to-back outings vs. Houston and Temple.
• In the win over the Cougars, Johnson set a career-high with 127 yards, while he posted his longest rush on a 73-yard burst vs. the Owls.
• True freshman William Stanback has blossomed as well at running back, posting 341 rushing yards and five rushing scores, including both of UCF's touchdowns in the win over Houston. He also had a 49-yard touchdown reception at Temple.
• The duo both average 5.4 yards a carry.

Defense Notes
• During a critical fourth quarter at Temple Nov. 16, UCF's defensive 11 consisted of five members of the 2013 signing class:
Player - Eligibility
CB Shaquill Griffin - True Freshman
CB D.J. Killings - True Freshman
DE Seyvon Lowry - True Freshman
DE Deondre Barnett - True Freshman
DT Jaryl Mamea - Junior Transfer

• Top performers among first-year players with UCF:
Player - Notes
CB Jacoby Glenn - RFr., 2 INT, 10 break-ups
DT Jaryl Mamea - Jr., 2.0 TFL, 1.0 Sack
DE Seyvon Lowry - Fr., 3.0 TFL, 1.0 Sack
S Drico Johnson - RFr., 1 FF, 1 FR
CB Shaquill Griffin - Fr., 7 tackles, 1 break-up
LB Chequan Burkett - Fr., 7 tackles, 1.0 TFL
CB D.J. Killings - Fr., 7 tackles, 3 break-ups
DE Deondre Barnett - Fr., 2.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks

• UCF has spread the love around when it comes to sacks this year.
• The Knights' sack leaders in 2013:
Player - Sacks
E.J. Dunston - 3.0
Deondre Barnett - 2.0
Deion Green - 2.0
Thomas Niles - 2.0
Terrance Plummer - 2.0
Six other players - 1.0
• In all, UCF has posted 20 sacks compared to giving up 13.

• Not only are the sacks spread pretty evenly, so are the interceptions.
• The Knights' interception leaders in 2013:
Player - INTs
Terrance Plummer - 2
Sean Maag - 2
Troy Gray - 2
Brandon Alexander - 2
Jacoby Glenn - 2

• With the game tied at 36-36 at Temple Nov. 16, the UCF defense needed to make a huge stand in order to keep the game tied and give the offense another chance to shine.
• And the Knights stepped up. The Owls took over with 1:00 left in the game, and although Temple picked up a first down on the first play to get to its own 43, Thomas Niles and Deondre Barnett delivered sacks, helping to force Temple to punt.
• Both Temple and UCF called timeouts during that short drive, and the defense's performance gave the offense just enough time, 19 seconds to be exact, to connect on a 64-yard pass and then the game-winning field goal as time expired.

Special Teams Notes
• Lou Groza Award semifinalist, Shawn Moffitt has delivered this year as he is 14-for-15 in field-goal attempts and a perfect 33-for-33 in extra points.
• Moffitt was 3-for-3 at Temple, including converting his first game-winning field-goal attempt of his career, a 23-yard boot for the final 39-36 margin with no time left on the clock.
• It was UCF's first win on the final snap of regulation since defeating Louisiana Oct. 1, 2005.
• Highest career field-goal percentage at UCF:
Player - Years - Percentage
1) Michael Torres - 2006-07 - .771 (37-48)
2) Shawn Moffitt - 2011-pres. - .763 (29-38)
3) Charlie Pierce - 1993-96 - .754 (46-61)
• Moffitt's lone miss this year was from 50 yards vs. Houston. 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

• UCF has posted a field goal in 10 consecutive games.
• Consecutive games in which UCF made a field goal:
Season(s) - Games with a FG
1) 2005 - 11
T2) 1987-88 - 10
T2) 2012-13 - 10

Caleb Houston (How-stin) has shined in his first year as UCF's punter, averaging 43.4 yards per punt.
• His 45-yard booth in the first quarter Temple rested on the 1-yard line, and two plays later the defense made it pay off by notching a safety.