Game Notes - USF Nov. 29


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Nov. 24, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston
UCFKnights.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The 400th game in school history will be a big one as No. 17/19 UCF entertains USF Friday at 8 p.m. at Bright House Networks Stadium. Eight student-athletes will be honored prior to kickoff to celebrate Senior Day.

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Game Details:
Friday - Orlando, Fla. - 8 p.m.
2013 Records:
USF - 2-8 Overall, 2-4 American
No. 17/19 UCF - 9-1 Overall, 6-0 American
Stadium:
Bright House Networks Stadium (45,323)
Series:
USF, 4-0
Live Coverage:
740-AM - Orlando
UCF Gameday
Twitter.com/UCF_Football
Television:
ESPN

Team Notes
THE MATCHUP
• It will be a Blackout at Bright House as all fans are invited to wear black when they come to campus.
• The Knights have been ranked in the top 25 for six straight weeks.
• This will be the first meeting as members of the same league between UCF and USF, as the Bulls won four-straight over the Knights in non-conference play from 2005-08.
• In both games at Bright House Networks Stadium, crowds of more than 46,000 flooded the stands.
• The 2006 and 2008 contests in Orlando also featured games decided by seven points, including an overtime affair in the last meeting.
• With conference wins over Cincinnati and UConn, USF is 2-8 overall and 2-4 in the league, averaging 14.0 points per game.
• The Bulls are minus-3 in turnover margin, and are seventh in the nation in punt returns and 13th in tackles for loss.
• Four quarterbacks have at least 20 pass attempts with senior Bobby Eveld posting 96 while freshman Mike White is 64-for-110 with a 58.2 completion percentage.
• Defensive ends Aaron Lynch and Ryne Giddins are tied for the team lead with 4.0 sacks.

WHAT FRIDAY MEANS
• A win against USF would lock up at least a share of the American Athletic Conference title. Louisville and Cincinnati (both 6-1) are off this week and those two teams face off Dec. 5, as the Knights defeated the Cardinals but do not play the Bearcats.
• If UCF can get a win, then every recruiting class under head coach George O'Leary will have won a conference championship. Coach O'Leary's first year was 2004, and the Knights won the Conference USA title in 2007 and 2010.
• A victory on Friday also will lock up double-digit wins for the second straight season, and for the third time in the last four years. UCF has had four 10-win seasons overall entering 2013, three of them under Coach O'Leary.

STARTS AND STREAKS
• Best starts to a season in program history:
Season - Record
1) 2013 - 9-1
2) 1998 - 7-1
• Best starts in conference play in program history (first season in a league was in 2002):
Season - Record
T1) 2012 and 2013 - 6-0
• Longest winning streaks in UCF history:
Season - Winning Streak
1) 2007 7 games
T2) 1990, 2010-11, 2012, 2013 6 games

SO MANY LATE CELEBRATIONS
• The Knights are 5-1 this year in games decided 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

RANK `EM
• The Knights sit ninth in the nation in fewest turnovers lost and 10th in turnover margin.
• UCF is first in The American in fewest penalty yards per game.

ONE OF THE BEST
• UCF has 35 victories since the 2010 season, which ranks tied for the 18th most in the FBS.

Offense Notes
AN EXCITING BUNCH
• Highest scoring average in UCF history:
Season - Points Per Game
1) 1992 - 37.3
2) 1994 - 36.3
3) 2007 - 35.9
4) 2013 - 35.8
• Highest yards-per-game average in UCF history:
Season - Yards Per Game
1) 1998 - 487.7
2) 1992 - 478.8
3) 2013 - 455.0
• 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

ON THE MONEY
• Led by Blake Bortles completing 68.3 percent of his passes, UCF is completing 66.9 percent of its passes as a team.
• UCF's highest team completion percentage:
Season - Percentage
1) 1998 - 73.4
2) 2011 - 67.9
3) 2013 - 66.9
• That 66.9 percentage ranks 12th in the FBS in 2013.

CLIMBING
• Where junior quarterback Blake Bortles ranks on UCF single-season charts:
-INT-Attempt Ratio - 1st - .0172
-Efficiency - 2nd - 169.24
-Completion Percentage - 4th - 68.3
-Completions - 10th - 198
-Yards - 10th - 2,819
-Touchdowns - 11th - 20
• Bortles is 10th in the FBS this year in completion percentage and eighth in efficiency. He also stands 20th with 298.1 yards of total offense per game.
• Where Bortles sits on UCF career charts:
-Efficiency - 1st - 154.8
-Completion Percentage - 2nd - 65.6
-Completions - 4th - 524
-Touchdowns - 4th - 51
-Yards - 4th - 6,836
-Attempts - 6th - 799

STORM & STANBACK
• Junior Storm Johnson (916, 11) and freshman William Stanback (347, 6) have combined for 1,263 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.
• They have 300 receiving yards and four TDs (Johnson 220 and 3, Stanback 80 and 1).
• Johnson is aiming at recording his first 1,000-yard rushing season, needing 84 to reach that mark.
• Johnson also has six multi-touchdown games this year.

NOT LETTING GO
• A big reason UCF led Rutgers in time of possession, 38:26-21:34, was that the Knights had scoring drives that lasted 7:12 and 7:44.
• The last time UCF had two drives of at least seven minutes was vs. Memphis Oct. 8, 2005, when it had three drives of seven minutes or more (all resulted in points).

DELIVERY MEN
Rannell Hall currently has a streak of 25 straight games with a reception, which is the eighth-longest streak by a Knight.
• Converted wide receiver Jeff Godfrey has a streak of his own at 24, which is tied for ninth.

STEADILY IMPROVING
• Junior J.J. Worton continues to improve each season.
• Worton's year-by-year totals:
Season - Receptions - Yards - Touchdowns
2011 - 41 - 531 - 4
2012 - 44 - 594 - 5
2013 - 36 - 617 - 7

GET THE FIRST
• Highest third-down conversion percentage at UCF:
Season - Percentage
1) 1998 - 54.0
2) 2013 - 51.2
• The Knights are 11th in the country on third downs this year.

Defense Notes
BREAKING UP IS EASY TO DO
• Freshman cornerback Jacoby Glenn tied a school record with five break-ups against Rutgers, including four in the first half.
• Most break-ups in a game in UCF history:
Player - Break-Ups - Date
Jacoby Glenn - 5 - 11/21/13
Davin Bush - 5 - 9/9/00
Greg Atterberry - 5 - 11/26/83
Tim Kiggins - 5 - 11/15/80
• Glenn has 15 break-ups this season, which ranks tied for second (record is 22 set by Atterberry in 1983).
• He ranks first in the FBS in passes defended per game, and the next closest freshman is 31st.
• FBS leaders in passes defended per game in 2013:
Player - Break-Ups - INTs - PDPG
1) Jacoby Glenn, UCF - 15 - 2 - 1.9
2) Tim Bennett, IND - 19 - 1 - 1.8
3) D'Joun Smith, FAU - 12 - 7 - 1.7

IN THE WAY
• As a team, UCF has 51 break-ups and 11 interceptions.
• The Knights are averaging 6.2 passes defended per game, which is the second-highest mark in the George O'Leary era (since 2004). The 2008 team had the highest mark under Coach O'Leary with a 6.8 average.
• Most break-ups in a game in the FBS era (since 1996):
Opponent - Date - Break-ups
1) NW State - 9/9/00 - 13
2) Rutgers - 11/21/13 - 12
3) Louisiana - 11/24/01 - 11
T4) UTEP - 11/25/11 - 10
T4) Boston College - 9/20/08 - 10
T4) UAB - 10/6/01 - 10
T7) Houston - 11/9/13 - 9
T7) Five other times

SEVERAL CONTRIBUTORS
• UCF has had 21 different players earn at least one start on defense this year.
• Those who have started every game in 2013: DE Thomas Niles, DT Demetris Anderson, OLB Troy Gray, MLB Terrance Plummer, FS Brandon Alexander, SS Clayton Geathers and CB Jordan Ozerities.

HE GOT IT
• Making his 36th straight start and in his 37th game overall, junior strong safety Clayton Geathers recorded his first career interception against Rutgers.
• Geathers had 19 break-ups as a Knight before hauling in that pick.

KEEP MOVING UP
• The Knights' defense in the FBS rankings:
-Red Zone Defense - 9th - .714
-Fumbles Recovered - 10th - 11
-Scoring Defense - 19th - 20.2
-First Down Defense - 21st - 193
-Rushing Defense - 21st - 123.7
-Passing Efficiency - 21st - 113.43

ALL-AROUND
• UCF limited Rutgers to 152 passing yards and 69 rushing yards for 221 overall.
• It was the second-fewest total yards by an opponent this year (FIU, 173), and it was the second time in the last two seasons a school mustered less than 230 yards of total offense in a game.

GET THE QUARTERBACK
• Fifteen different players have posted at least half a sack this season.
• Against Rutgers, Demetris Anderson (1.0), Andrew Rice (0.5) and Rob Sauvao (0.5) all got in to the sack column for the first time in their collegiate careers.

Special Teams Notes
CONNECTIVITY
• A semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, Shawn Moffitt is experiencing a magical season by going 16-for-17 in field goals and 38-for-38 in extra points to lead the team in scoring with 86 points.
• The 16 field goals made rank tied for sixth on the single-season chart (record is 20), yet the 17 attempts are not even in the top 10.
• Moffitt was 3-for-3 at Temple, including converting his first game-winning field-goal attempt of his career. It was UCF's first win on the final snap of regulation since defeating Louisiana Oct. 1, 2005.
• Highest single-season field-goal percentage at UCF:
Player - Year - Percentage
1) Shawn Moffitt - 2013 - .941 (16-17)
2) Charlie Pierce - 1994 - .875 (14-16)
• Highest career field-goal percentage at UCF:
Player - Years - Percentage
1) Shawn Moffitt - 2011-pres. - .775 (31-40)
2) Michael Torres - 2006-07 - .771 (37-48)
3) Charlie Pierce - 1993-96 - .754 (46-61)
• Moffitt's lone miss this year was from 50 yards vs. Houston.

GETTING POINTS
• UCF has posted a field goal in 11 consecutive games.
• Consecutive games in which UCF made a field goal:
Season(s) - Games with a FG
T1) 2005 - 11
T1) 2012-13 - 11

 

 

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