Scores

Final

UCF 28

(4-7, 3-4 American)

Memphis 21

(5-6, 3-4 American)

2:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
UCF 14 7 7 028
MEM 7 0 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: A. Hall (MEM) - 183 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Steele (MEM) - 15 CAR, 38 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Calhoun (MEM) - 2 REC, 53 YDS, 1 TD

UCF 28, Memphis 21

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Rob Calabrese threw two touchdown passes and Latavius Murray rushed for another to help Central Florida beat Memphis 28-21 on Saturday.

The Knights (4-7, 3-4 Conference USA) scored early and then held on as Memphis limited UCF to 42 yards offense in the second half.

Despite strong defensive play by the Tigers (5-6, 3-4), Memphis was unable to execute offensively in key situations, even after cutting the lead to a touchdown in the fourth. Memphis turned the ball over on downs at the UCF 44 in the final minute.

Memphis quarterback Arkelon Hall, in his first game back after breaking his right thumb Oct. 18 against East Carolina, struggled most of the day, completing 15-of-35 passes for 183 yards.

Memphis got within a touchdown with 8:24 left after benefiting from a pass interference call against defensive back Emery Allen. On the next play, Steven Black took the direct snap at quarterback and went over from 3 yards.

But UCF would not let the Tigers get any closer.

The Memphis defensive effort included 12 tackles for loss in the game.

The Knights, who were coming off a 30-14 victory at Marshall, gained momentum early after a pair of Memphis mistakes.

Bruce Miller blocked a Memphis punt, the Knights recovering at the Tiger 30. Brynn Harvey gained 26 on the first play, and UCF eventually scored on a 4-yard pass from Calabrese to fullback Ricky Kay.

On the ensuing drive, Hall and Memphis running back Charlie Jones failed to connect on a handoff, and Knights linebacker Derrick Hallman scooped up the bouncing ball and returned it 26 yards for a 14-0 UCF lead.

Memphis would at least cut into the lead when Hall connected with Duke Calhoun for a 54-yard touchdown for the Tigers? only score of the half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCF
MEM
1st Downs1016
Total Yards194305
Passing121183
Rushing73122
Penalties6-704-30
3rd Down Conversions6-164-16
4th Down Conversions1-13-4
Turnovers12
Possession27:5532:05

Passing Leaders

UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weatherford2/7679.600
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hall15/351835.211

Rushing Leaders

UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harvey11716.5026
Murray10252.517
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hall11423.8018
Steele15382.5110

Receiving Leaders

UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Aiken35618.7039
Watters23417.0028
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Calhoun25326.5154
Ross23115.5027

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCFMEM
TD07:51Ricky Kay 4 Yd Pass From Rob Calabrese (Nick Cattoi Kick) 70
TD06:56Derrick Hallman 26 Yd Fumble Return (Nick Cattoi Kick) 140
TD05:40Duke Calhoun 54 Yd Pass From Arkelon Hall (Matt Reagan Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERUCFMEM
TD00:38Latavius Murray 1 Yd Run (Daren Daly Kick) 217
THIRD QUARTERUCFMEM
TD11:36Kyhmest Williams 19 Yd Pass From Rob Calabrese (Daren Daly Kick) 287
TD04:52Curtis Steele 2 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 2814
FOURTH QUARTERUCFMEM
TD08:24Steven Black 3 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 2821