Scores

Final

UCF 49

(8-3, 6-1 American)

SMU 20

(1-10, 0-7 American)

3:00 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
UCF 21 14 14 049
SMU 10 3 7 020

Top Performers

Passing: K. Israel (UCF) - 173 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Smith (UCF) - 20 CAR, 177 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Givens (SMU) - 5 REC, 53 YDS, 1 TD

UCF 49, SMU 20

Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) -- Kevin Smith rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns as Central Florida handed SMU its ninth straight loss 49-20 Saturday.

Central Florida (8-3, 6-1 Conference USA) clinched at least a share of the East Division with the win and can host the league championship game with a victory next week against Texas-El Paso.

Smith, who did not play in the second half after the Knights jumped out to a 35-13 halftime lead, set a Conference USA record with 25 touchdowns this season. He broke the mark established in 2004 by Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams.

SMU (1-10, 0-7) hasn't won since beating North Texas on Sept. 8. Phil Bennett, in his sixth season with the Mustangs, coached his final home game. He was fired three weeks ago but agreed to finish the season.

The Mustangs play their final game next weekend at Memphis.

Bennett's home finale got off to a rocky start as Central Florida's Khymest Williams returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.

Smith's 22-yard TD run gave Central Florida a 14-3 lead midway through the first. He added an 80-yard touchdown run just before halftime.

Smith, who has 1,945 yards rushing this season, has three runs of at least 80 yards this season.

SMU quarterback Justin Willis threw for 112 yards and was intercepted twice.

The Knights built their lead to 42-13 when Johnell Neal picked off a Willis pass and returned it 72 yards for a score.

Phillip Smith, who had a 7-yard TD run in the first half, gave Central Florida a 49-13 cushion in the third with a 10-yard scoring run.

Central Florida racked up 484 yards against a SMU defense allowing nearly 500 per game.

SMU's Chris Butler scored on a 1-yard run and Zach Rhodes added a receiving touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCF
SMU
1st Downs1925
Total Yards484404
Passing222176
Rushing262228
Penalties5-401-15
3rd Down Conversions6-1114-24
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers24
Possession24:0235:58

Passing Leaders

UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Israel11/1617310.811
SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willis11/241124.702

Rushing Leaders

UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith201778.9280
Smith17905.3217
SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dorsey13624.8020
Mapps6569.3033

Receiving Leaders

UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ross49223.0053
Aiken44812.0116
SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Givens55310.6126
Zimmerman34916.3031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCFSMU
TD14:44Khymest Williams 99 Yd Kickoff Return (Michael Torres Kick) 70
FG10:39Thomas Morstead 51 Yd 73
TD07:48Kevin Smith 22 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick) 143
TD04:48Chris Butler 1 Yd Run (Thomas Morstead Kick) 1410
TD02:33Phillip Smith 7 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick) 2110
SECOND QUARTERUCFSMU
FG14:18Thomas Morstead 33 Yd 2113
TD11:21Kamar Aiken 15 Yd Pass From Kyle Israel (Michael Torres Kick) 2813
TD01:54Kevin Smith 80 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick) 3513
THIRD QUARTERUCFSMU
TD12:14Johnell Neal 72 Yd Interception Return (Michael Torres Kick) 4213
TD08:13Phillip Smith 10 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick) 4913
TD02:41Columbus Givens 26 Yd Pass From Zach Rhodes (Thomas Morstead Kick) 4920