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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Knights Get Crushed at SMU

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:13


The UCF Knights (3-3; 1-1 C-USA) suffered a humiliating defeat against the Mustangs of Southern Methodist (6-1; 2-0 C-USA) on Saturday in Dallas, Texas. UCF was out coached from all aspects of the game; and its continued problems with special teams haunted them on Saturday as well. Bad punts doomed the Knights from the start of the game, giving SMU excellent field position which led to quick and short scoring drives twice. And while UCF has had a stout defense, the Knights gave up 440 yards of offense and allowed a touchdown pass for the first time in 8 contests! In contrast, UCF had a total of 459 yards with 80 plays. But the problems in the offensive line kept points off the board. While UCF didn’t give up any turnovers, they were unsuccessful at sustaining scoring drives. Quarterback Jeff Godfrey was 23 of 32, passing for 231 yards, scoring one touchdown, with two sacks. Backup quarterback Blake Bortles was put in the game during the last five minutes of play and he led the Knights to a quick scoring touchdown in 1:12. But it was too little too late and the Knights finally succumbed to the Mustangs 38-17. The loss puts UCF in a toss-up in Conference USA East with Southern Mississippi (5-1; 1-0 C-USA), who had a bye week this week. The Knights will get little rest as they must immediately begin preparations for UAB, who they play in-front of a national audience on Thursday on CSS Sports Network. Kickoff is at 8pm.

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