Scores

Final

Samford 24

(0-1, 0-1 away)

UCF 28

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL

1 2 3 4 T
SAM 0 7 17 024
UCF 0 7 14 728

Top Performers

Passing: D. Taliaferro (SAM) - 141 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: B. Harvey (UCF) - 31 CAR, 111 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Hawkins (SAM) - 3 REC, 107 YDS, 2 TD

Samford 24, UCF 21

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Brynn Harvey rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns and backup quarterback Brett Hodges threw for another score as Central Florida rallied for a season-opening 28-24 victory over Samford on Saturday night.

Harvey scored twice from 1 yard out, but Hodges' 9-yard touchdown pass to Jamar Newsome with 10:53 left in the fourth quarter gave UCF the victory.

Hodges, a redshirt senior who transferred from Wake Forest, relieved starter Rob Calabrese in the middle of the second quarter. He hit 10-of-17 passes for 129 yards and the touchdown to Newsome.

He also threw an interception to Ryan Anderson, who returned it 41 yards in the third quarter that gave the Bulldogs a 21-13 lead.

That was just one of several big plays by both teams in the third quarter after a sluggish first half that ended in a 7-7 tie.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAM
UCF
1st Downs1614
Total Yards286282
Passing208157
Rushing78125
Penalties3-196-55
3rd Down Conversions4-157-16
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers02
Possession30:2229:38

Passing Leaders

SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taliaferro20/341414.110
UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hodges10/171297.611

Rushing Leaders

SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Evans23763.3012
Barnett133.003
UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harvey311113.6220
Watters11515.0015

Receiving Leaders

SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hawkins310735.7267
Lowery5418.2011
UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ross58517.0026
Aiken24221.0021

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSAMUCF
TD10:23Riley Hawkins 29 Yd Pass From Dustin Taliaferro (Cameron Yaw Kick) 70
TD00:57Brynn Harvey 1 Yd Run (Jamie Boyle Kick) 77
THIRD QUARTERSAMUCF
TD14:48Quincy McDuffie 95 Yd Kickoff Return (Pat Failed) 713
TD14:08Riley Hawkins 67 Yd Pass From Richie Fordham (Cameron Yaw Kick) 1413
TD13:12Ryan Anderson 41 Yd Interception Return (Cameron Yaw Kick) 2113
TD07:40Brynn Harvey 1 Yd Run (Brett Hodges Pass To Brynn Harvey For Two-Point Conversion) 2121
FG01:57Cameron Yaw 41 Yd 2421
FOURTH QUARTERSAMUCF
TD10:53Jamar Newsome 9 Yd Pass From Brett Hodges (Nick Cattoi Kick) 2428