Scores

Final

Memphis 20

(1-2, 0-1 American)

UCF 56

(2-1, 1-0 American)

3:37 PM ET, September 22, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 0 0 6 1420
UCF 14 28 7 756

Top Performers

Passing: K. Israel (UCF) - 137 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: K. Smith (UCF) - 22 CAR, 124 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: K. Aiken (UCF) - 4 REC, 131 YDS, 1 TD

UCF 56, Memphis 20

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Central Florida's Kevin Smith ran 22 times for 124 yards and three touchdowns, then took most of the second half off as his Knights rolled past Memphis 56-20.

UCF coach George O'Leary used two quarterbacks -- with explosive results. Backup Michael Greco, a 6-foot-3 junior college transfer taking his first snaps for UCF, completed 11-of-12 passes for 151 yards. He ran 10 times for 77 yards and scored twice on the ground.

Starter Kyle Israel was 6-for-9 for 137 yards and a touchdown -- a 72-yard pass to Kamar Aiken that put UCF (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) ahead 49-0 early in the third quarter.

The Knights held Memphis (1-2, 0-1) to 290 yards -- including just 57 in the first half. Greco's 50 yards rushing at halftime was better than the Tigers' whole team, which had 41 at the break.

Memphis didn't get on the board until 11:16 left in the third quarter on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Martin Hankins to Carlos Singleton. Matt Reagan missed the extra point, hitting the left upright.

Hankins nearly threw another TD on the next drive, but the 25-yard pass slipped just off Maurice Jones' fingertips in the corner of the end zone. Hankins completed 10-of-23 passes for 81 yards before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Both of his backups -- Will Hudgens and Matt Malouf -- threw TD passes in his absence.

Memphis couldn't stop UCF with either of their quarterbacks in. Israel led the Knights to two decisive first-quarter scoring drives, the second lasting more than nine minutes. Greco, a mobile threat, was even more effective, running it up to 42-0 at halftime.

His only blemish was a third-quarter fumble on UCF's 33 yard-line as Greco sprinted for an easy first down. The Knights went the whole first half without a turnover but lost three fumbles in the third quarter.

Aiken caught four passes for 131 yards and a touchdown

Smith, the nation's leading rusher averaging 183 yards, had 51 yards on four carries on UCF's first drive, scampering three yards for a score. He struggled in the red zone on the next possession, failing to score despite four chances inside the seven-yard-line.

Israel punched it in on fourth down with less than a minute left in the quarter for a 14-0 advantage.

UCF had a school record seven rushing TDs, enough to tie the Conference USA record set in the 1999 Louisville-Army game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MEM
UCF
1st Downs1928
Total Yards303601
Passing173288
Rushing130313
Penalties10-769-69
3rd Down Conversions6-169-13
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers03
Possession25:2834:32

Passing Leaders

MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hudgens5/9889.810
UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Greco11/1215112.600

Rushing Leaders

MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Doss9485.3014
Barnes6345.7015
UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith221245.6329
Smith19965.1115

Receiving Leaders

MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones35016.7041
Knockum14848.0048
UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Aiken413132.8172
Ross45914.8018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMEMUCF
TD11:35Kevin Smith 3 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 81 yds, 3:25
07
TD00:45Kyle Israel 1 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 18 plays, 72 yds, 9:13
014
SECOND QUARTERMEMUCF
TD10:07Kevin Smith 7 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 54 yds, 2:41
021
TD06:53Kevin Smith 1 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 22 yds, 1:37
028
TD05:53Michael Greco 10 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 10 yds, :05
035
TD00:59Michael Greco 10 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 75 yds, :00
042
THIRD QUARTERMEMUCF
TD12:13Kamar Aiken 72 Yd Pass From Kyle Israel (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 79 yds, :47
049
TD11:16Carlos Singleton 17 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Pat Failed)
Drive: 5 plays, 75 yds, :49
649
FOURTH QUARTERMEMUCF
TD11:55Earnest Williams 4 Yd Pass From Matt Malouf (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 94 yds, 5:03
1349
TD07:57Phillip Smith 3 Yd Run (Jake Howard Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 71 yds, 3:57
1356
TD05:54Dave Thomas 10 Yd Pass From Will Hudgens (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 41 yds, 1:53
2056