Memphis Falls to UCF in C-USA Road Matchup
Oct. 29, 2011
The Knights jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after Godfrey orchestrated a five-play, 70-yard drive to start the game. Memphis (2-7, 1-4 C-USA) was unable to get a first down on its first offensive play of the game and punted the ball back to UCF.
Faced with a fourth-and-one situation on his 29-yard line during their next possession, Godfrey rushed for two yards to extend the drive. UCF drove down to Memphis' 19-yard line, but was unable to capitalize after Nick Cattoi missed a 36-yard field goal attempt.
Taylor Reed completed a 21-yard pass attempt to Tannar Rehrer on the Tigers' next dive, but Memphis couldn't get another first down and was forced to punt. It was the 13th-straight game Rehrer has caught a pass. UCF then marched down the field in a six-play drive that was capped by a 19-yard run Quincy McDuffie that put the Knights ahead 14-0.
Memphis was forced to punt after three plays on the next drive, and UCF took over on its 28-yard line. UCF used a series of methodical plays on its next drive and went ahead 21-0 after a 16-yard rush by Ronnie Weaver.
After two incompletions and a two-yard rush by Billy Foster, the Tigers again had to kick it away. UCF picked up one first down, but the Tigers' defense would force them to punt after a personal foul penalty on the Knights.
The Tigers' saw what turned out to be their best chance of the evening to score on the next drive. Memphis went down to UCF's 24-yard line on a drive that was highlighted by a 28-yard completion from Reed to Curtis Johnson. Paulo Henriques was unable to convert the 41-yard field goal attempt, however, and the Knights kept their 21-0 lead going into halftime.
Davis Troy sacked Reed on third down of the Tigers' first drive of the second half, and the Knights took over on Memphis' 38-yard line after a 28-yard punt by Tom Hornsey. Tommy Walker made a tackle for loss for the Tigers on the first play of UCF's next drive, which helped hold the Knights to a field goal attempt. Shawn Moffit converted the 35-yard attempt to extend the UCF lead to 24-0.
Memphis picked up a first down on its next drive after Reed found Justin Henderson for a 13-yard completion. The Tigers were unable to take advantage of it, however, and punted it away.
A 25-yard Godfrey to McDuffie connection highlighted the next UCF scoring drive, in which the Knights went 76 yards in seven plays to push their lead to 31-0. A false start penalty on third down stalled Memphis on its next drive, and the Tigers punted it away.
The Tigers' defense held UCF to three plays on the ensuing possession, and Memphis regained possession at its three-yard line. Another false start penalty on third down derailed the Tigers' drive, and they punted it back to UCF.
The Knights took over at the 30-yard line of Memphis, but the Tigers' defense held them to another field goal by Moffit, which made the score 34-0. Each team went three-and-out its next drive, but the Knights tacked on another score on their following possession.
A two-yard rush by Brynn Harvey capped UCF's final scoring drive. Memphis was unable to get anything going on its next two possessions, making the final score 41-0.
Reed made his seventh start of the season at quarterback today and completed nine of 20 passes for 97 yards today. This is only the second game this season that Reed has attempted less than 25 passes.
Johnson led the team in receiving with three catches for 48 yards. It is his second game leading the team this year after missing the first five games of the season with an injury. Johnson was the only receiver in the game to catch multiple receptions for the Tigers.
Godfrey led UCF with 200 yards passing and one touchdown through the air in addition 97 yards and one score on the ground. Josh Reese finished with 70 yards on four catches to lead the Knights' receivers, and Brynn Harvey led the running backs with 78 on yards on 17 carries and one touchdown.
The Tigers have a bye next weekend before returning to the Liberty Bowl on Nov. 12 for the annual Battle for the Bones game with UAB. Game time is set for 3:15 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. That will also be Senior Day for 15 Tigers. The group will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.