Scores

Final

LA-Lafayette 19

(0-5, 0-2 away)

UCF 37

(3-1, 2-1 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 29, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
ULL 3 3 7 619
UCF 10 20 7 037

Top Performers

Passing: M. Desormeaux (ULL) - 154 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: K. Smith (UCF) - 33 CAR, 223 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Smith (ULL) - 3 REC, 88 YDS, 1 TD

UCF 37, Louisiana-Lafayette 19

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- UCF relied on three touchdowns and a career-high 223 yards on 33 carries from running back Kevin Smith in the Knights 37-19 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday night.

Smith, who is the nations second leading rusher averaging 178 yards a game, has six touchdowns in two games and 10 for the season. He left the game in the fourth quarter when he suffered an apparent right shoulder injury on his 33rd carry.

He also took sole possession for third most career rushing touchdowns (26), passing former UCF quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Saturday was his third game with 200 or more rushing yards.

Smiths first score was a 56-yard scamper on the Knights second drive of the game. He added a pair of 1-yard goal line scores in the second quarter and now has 713 yards this season. UCF's Augustus Ashley blocked a punt and returned it 19 yards to put the Knights up 30-6 with 9 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Knights (3-1) kept the Ragin Cajuns (0-5) out of the end zone in the first half. Louisiana-Lafayette had just two red zone drives in the first half and managed three field goal attempts. Kicker Drew Edmiston made kicks of 26 and 22 yards, but missed one from 41.

Louisiana-Lafayette's Derrick Smith opened the third with a 86-yard kickoff return down to the UCF 3-yard line. Marlin Miller gave the Ragin Cajuns its first touchdown with a three-yard run. Derrick Smith also nabbed a 28-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Knights quarterback Kyle Israel, who went 11-for-20 passing for 153 yards, hit tight end Corey Rabazinski for a 1-yard touchdown pass. Receiver Rocky Ross led all receivers with six catches for 83 yards.

Saturday's win was the third-straight home game in the Knights brand new, $55 million stadium.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ULL
UCF
1st Downs1523
Total Yards314466
Passing154166
Rushing160300
Penalties6-368-84
3rd Down Conversions6-184-12
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Turnovers02
Possession28:5831:02

Passing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Desormeaux14/291545.310
UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Israel11/201537.710

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteCARYDSAVGTDLG
Desormeaux19924.8024
Wallace10515.1018
UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith332236.8356
Francis9717.9027

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith38829.3153
Chery23618.0029
UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ross68313.8024
Aiken13131.0031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERULLUCF
FG11:16Robert Batista 41 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 41 yds, 3:44
03
TD06:56Kevin Smith 56 Yd Run (Robert Batista Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 79 yds, 1:47
010
FG01:09Drew Edmiston 26 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 46 yds, 2:21
310
SECOND QUARTERULLUCF
TD14:14Kevin Smith 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed)
Drive: 8 plays, 68 yds, 1:50
316
FG10:20Drew Edmiston 22 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 64 yds, 3:47
616
TD01:20Kevin Smith 1 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 70 yds, 3:58
623
TD00:09Augustus Ashley 19 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Michael Torres Kick) 630
THIRD QUARTERULLUCF
TD14:42Marlin Miller 3 Yd Run (Drew Edmiston Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 3 yds, :18
1330
TD07:13Corey Rabazinski 1 Yd Pass From Kyle Israel (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 43 yds, 3:44
1337
FOURTH QUARTERULLUCF
TD12:52Derrick Smith 28 Yd Pass From Michael Desormeaux (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive: 8 plays, 56 yds, 2:57
1937