ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF fans will want to get to their seats early as the Knights' 20 seniors will be honored prior to kickoff with UAB Saturday at noon. This year's senior class will already go down as one of the best in school history with 32 wins so far from 2009-12.
Saturday - Orlando, Fla. - 12 p.m. 2012 Records:
UAB - 3-8 Overall, 2-5 C-USA
UCF - 8-3 Overall, 6-1 C-USA Stadium:
Bright House Networks Stadium (45,323) Series:
UCF leads, 7-2 Live Coverage:
740-AM - Orlando
540-AM - Maitland
1350-AM - Clearwater
1340-AM - Daytona Beach
770-AM - Fort Myers UCF Gameday Twitter.com/UCF_Football Television: FOX Sports Networks
Team Notes THE MATCHUP
A win for the Knights, or a loss by ECU vs. Marshall Friday at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network, will seal their fourth division crown in eight seasons in C-USA.
UCF is tied atop the East Division with East Carolina as both have 6-1 league records, but the Black and Gold owns the tiebreaker thanks to a 40-20 win in Orlando Oct. 4.
If UCF can claim the division, it will travel to Tulsa for the C-USA Championship Game Dec. 1, which would mark the first time it would be on the road for the title contest (UCF hosted the game in 2005, 2007 and 2010).
The Knights claim a 7-2 record vs. the Blazers, but are 2-2 in the last four games including a late 26-24 loss in Birmingham in 2011.
UCF has played more games against teams from the Yellowhammer State (22-18-1, 41 games) than any other state including Florida (31 games).
The only win by UAB in Orlando was the 2008 regular-season finale.
All-time vs. UAB, Brynn Harvey has 306 rushing yards and three TDs, and Kemal Ishmael has 27 tackles and an INT.
UAB has won two of its last three games for a 3-8 overall record and a 2-5 mark in C-USA (wins over Southern Miss and Marshall).
The Blazers are coming off a 46-9 home loss to Memphis where they had 26 rushing yards, primarily due to giving up six sacks.
Redshirt freshman QB Austin Brown is completing 57.8 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Sophomore RB Darrin Reaves has 966 yards on the ground with 13 touchdowns, as well as 35 receptions for 250 yards.
The offensive line has given up 40 sacks, while the UAB defense has registered 19 sacks and six interceptions. Senior LB Marvin Burdette has 142 tackles to rank second in the FBS.
WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE
UCF has a plus-8 turnover margin to rank 21st in the nation and second in C-USA behind only SMU.
Best turnover margin in UCF history (since 1979): Season - UCF Turnovers - Opp. Turnovers - Margin
1) 1981 - 29 - 42 - +13
2) 2005 - 20 - 32 - +12
3) 2012 - 14 - 22 - +8
4) 1988 - 25 - 32 - +7
5) 1995 - 25 - 31 - +6
The Voice of the Knights Marc Daniels gives a quick preview of the UAB game, as well as what's ahead for UCF Athletics
Offense Notes BALL SECURITY
The UCF offense has turned the ball over just 14 times on seven interceptions and seven fumbles lost.
Fewest turnovers per game since the program's inception in 1979: Season - Games - Turnovers - Average
1) 2012 - 11 - 14 - 1.27
2) 2010 - 14 - 19 - 1.36
3) 2011 - 12 - 18 - 1.50
T4) 2005 - 13 - 20 - 1.54
T4) 2009 - 13 - 20 - 1.54
UCF has fumbled the ball just 11 times overall in 2012, which are the fewest fumbles in the first 11 games of a season in school history.
The 1997 squad had 13 fumbles while playing an 11-game schedule. That season set the school record for fewest fumbles lost with seven, which is how many the 2012 Knights have lost.
Playing a big role in this year's effort in ball security, senior Latavius Murray boasts a streak of 350-consecutive carries without losing a fumble (Memphis in 2008), and has not fumbled at all in 227 carries (FIU in 2011). Those were the only two fumbles as a Knight since 2008.
THE TD-INT RATIO GROWS AFTER THE TULSA GAME
UCF quarterbacks have combined for 21 passing touchdowns and just seven interceptions this year.
Best TD-INT ratio in school history: Season - Touchdowns - Interceptions - Ratio
1) 1998 - 29 - 7 - 4.14
2) 2012 - 21 - 7 - 3.00
3) 2005 - 24 - 9 - 2.67
4) 1997 - 26 - 10 - 2.60
SEVERAL OPTIONS IN THE AIR ATTACK
A total of 16 different Knights have caught at least one pass in 2012, the most since the 2001 roster also had 16 players with one or more catch.
Number of different Knights who posted at least one reception in a single season: Season - Players with 1 or More Catch
T1) 1995 - 18
T1) 1980 - 18
3) 1985 - 17
T4) 2012 - 16
T4) 2001 - 16
T4) 1998 - 16
T4) 1982 - 16
TRUE FRESHMEN RECEIVERS
Only a true freshman, Breshad Perriman has pulled in 15 receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns. The Georgia native joined UCF in the spring.
The top true freshmen wide receivers in UCF history by receptions: Player - Season - Stats
1) Sean Beckton - 1987 - 40 REC, 421 YDS, 2 TD
2) Kamar Aiken - 2007 - 33 REC, 584 YDS, 5 TD
T3) Mark Nonsant - 1995 - 25 REC, 334 YDS, 0 TD
T3) Bobby Joe Plain - 1979 - 25 REC, 308 YDS, 5 TD
5) A.J. Guyton - 2007 - 23 REC, 253 YDS, 2 TD
6) Bob Ross - 1979 - 22 REC, 193 YDS, 3 TD
7) Mike Sims-Walker - 2003 - 21 REC, 337 YDS, 0 TD
8) Kelvin Collins - 1983 - 18 REC, 296 YDS, 3 TD
9) Rocky Ross - 2005 - 17 REC, 154 YDS, 0 TD
10) Breshad Perriman - 2012 - 15 REC, 178 YDS, 2 TD
--- Rufus Hall - 1993 - 13 REC, 220 YDS, 4 TD
--- Mark Whittemore - 1991 - 5 REC, 183 YDS, 1 TD
FINDING THE ENDZONE
Latavius Murray has racked up at least one rushing TD in each of the last six contests. He also had a stretch from 2010-11 where he collected a rushing touchdown in six-straight games.
The last Knight to have six-straight contests with a rushing touchdown in the same season was Kevin Smith when he had a streak of seven-consecutive games in 2007.
INCHING UP THE ALL-TIME CHARTS
A product of New York, Latavius Murray has eight-career 100-yard rushing games, which are tied for the fifth-most in UCF history.
Murray places sixth all-time at UCF with 2,188 rushing yards, as his teammate Brynn Harvey sits in fifth with 2,415. Meanwhile, Murray claims ninth with 396 career rushing attempts.
In 42 games, Murray has 34 career rushing touchdowns to rank third all-time. In 2012 alone, he has a personal-best 12 which are tied for fifth on the single-season chart. And he has accomplished that feat even though he missed three games with an injury.
Most rushing TDs in a single-season: Player - Season - Rushing TDs
1) Kevin Smith - 2007 - 29
T2) Marquette Smith - 1995 - 14
T2) Brynn Harvey - 2009 - 14
4) Willie English - 1991 - 13
T5) Latavius Murray - 2012 - 12
T5) Mike Grant - 1997 - 12
T5) Daunte Culpepper - 1998 - 12
Defense Notes A RETURN FOR THE AGES
Senior cornerback A.J. Bouye set a career-high with his third interception of the season at Tulsa, and entered the record book in the process.
His 76-yard return for a touchdown marked the fifth-longest in UCF history.
Longest INT returns by a Knight: Player - Opponent - Yards
1) Jordan Ozerities - Tulane, 11/20/10 - 100 (TD)
2) Rick Hamilton - W. Ill., 9/26/92 - 97 (TD)
3) Ray Irvin - B-CU, 9/15/90 - 95 (TD)
4) Donnell Washington - N. Mex., 9/14/96 - 80 (TD)
5) A.J. Bouye - Tulsa, 11/17/12 - 76 (TD)
Bouye, who had a 79-yard fumble return for six points at Memphis, is one of only three UCF players to record an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the same season.
In 1996, Donnell Washington ran back an 80-yard interception at New Mexico and also had a 46-yard fumble return at Georgia Tech.
Jerry Nemethy also accomplished the feat in 1981 when he recovered a fumble in the endzone at Millsaps, while returning a 39-yard interception vs. Alabama A&M.
PART OF A SELECT GROUP
UCF is one of only 12 programs in the FBS which has not allowed at least 300 passing yards in a game, joining Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Buffalo, Florida, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
The last time the Knights went an entire year without giving up at least 300 passing yards in a game was 2001.
Fewest passing yards given up in 2012: Opponent - Passing Yards - C-A-INT-TD
1) at UTEP - 79 - 5-11-1-0
2) at Memphis - 121 - 20-28-1-0
3) SMU - 133 - 16-29-0-0
4) FIU - 154 - 13-29-0-1
5) at Ohio State - 155 - 18-24-1-1
6) Southern Miss - 165 - 14-27-2-0
Senior free safety and captain Kemal Ishmael has started 46-straight games dating back to his true freshman season in 2009.
Among current FBS players, that ranks in a tie for the eighth longest active streak in the nation.
Longest FBS active streaks of consecutive starts: Player, Position - School - Starts
T1) Chris Barker, OL - Nevada - 51
T1) T.J. Johnson, OL - South Carolina - 51
T3) Will Pericak, DE - Colorado - 48
T3) Kawann Short, DL - Purdue - 48
T3) Scott Vallone, DT - Rutgers - 48
T6) Brad Bednar, OL - Miami (Ohio) - 47
T6) Dalton Freeman, OL - Clemson - 47
T8) Kemal Ishmael, DB - UCF - 46
T8) Manti Te'o, LB - Notre Dame - 46
T8) Jonathan Cooper, OL - North Carolina - 46
Ishmael's 46 starts overall are tied for the 15th most among FBS student-athletes.
The Miami native is sixth on the UCF all-time tackles chart with 336, which also puts him first among all defensive backs in school history.
BRINGING `EM DOWN
Senior linebackers Jonathan Davis and Ray Shipman set career-highs with 17 and 15 tackles, respectively, at Tulsa Nov. 17.
Davis' 17 takedowns were the most by a Knight since linebacker Josh Linam had 17 vs. Houston Nov. 5, 2010. Before that, defensive back Atari Bigby had 17 at Virginia Tech Aug. 31, 2003.
It also was the first time that two Knights had at least 15 tackles in a game since linebackers Stanford Rhule amassed 20 and Chad Mascoe collected 15 vs. Toledo Oct. 19, 2002.
The record for tackles in a game is 23 set by Bill Giovanetti in 1979 and Tito Rodriguez in 2001.
TACKLES ARE GROWING
The Black and Gold currently has three players with at least 80 tackles on the year - Kemal Ishmael with 92, Ray Shipman with 88 and Terrance Plummer at 82.
The 2003 team was the last to have three players with 80 tackles or more (Peter Sands 113, Atari Bigby 112, Antoine Poe 111).
Meanwhile, Jonathan Davis and Clayton Geathers each have 76 tackles in 2012. The 2001 season was the last time UCF had five players with at least 80 tackles.
Special Teams Note GETTING THE PAWS IN THE AIR
The UCF special teams blocked two kicks at Tulsa, as Jose Jose got in the way of an extra point and Cam Henderson knocked down a field-goal attempt.
The Knights' last time it blocked two kicks in a game was vs. Marshall in 2003 when Ron Ellis blocked a punt on the first drive of the game and Peter Sands blocked a FG on the Thundering Herd's next drive.