Scores

Final

UTEP 20

(4-8, 2-6 C-USA)

UCF 36

(9-3, 7-1 American)

2:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
UTEP 0 10 7 320
UCF 0 16 6 1436

Top Performers

Passing: K. Israel (UCF) - 261 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Smith (UCF) - 46 CAR, 219 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Moturi (UTEP) - 10 REC, 116 YDS

Rushing leader Smith rushes for 219 yards and a TD to carry UCF

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kevin Smith ran 219 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 46 carries to surpass 2,000 yards for the season, and Central Florida defeated UTEP 36-20 on Saturday.

The Knights (9-3, 7-1), winners of six straight since losing to South Florida on Oct. 13, secured the Conference USA East title and will host Tulsa in the C-USA championship game Dec 1.

Smith leads the nation with 2,164 yards rushing, the fourth-highest total in Division I-A (now called Bowl Subdivision) history. Only Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (2,628 in 1988), USC's Marcus Allen (2,342 in 1981) and Iowa State's Troy Davis (2,185 in 1996) are ahead of Smith on the single-season list.

Smith's statistics in the C-USA title game and UCF's bowl game will count toward his season total. Sanders and Allen, who won Heisman Trophies during their 2,000-yard seasons, played 11 regular-season games and their bowl stats didn't count toward their season total. Davis only played 11 games.

Smith also leads the country in touchdowns with 26.

Matt Forte of Tulane went over 2,000 yards rushing last week and finished the season with 2,127. Forte and Smith are the 12th and 13th players to run for at least 2,000 yards in a season in major college football history.

The Knights scored first in the second quarter when Michael Torres kicked a 47-yard field goal.

Kyle Israel, who went 18-for-26 passing and 261 yards, threw a 3-yard score to Corey Rabazinski and a 39-yard pass to A.J. Guyton in the second quarter to put UCF up 16-0.

UTEP (4-8, 2-6 C-USA) took a brief 17-16 lead in the third.

Trevor Vittatoe threw a 19-yard touchdown to receiver Fred Rouse and kicker Jose Martinez hit a 48-yard field goal.

Free safety Quentin Demps intercepted Israel in the end zone and returned it 100 yards for the lead. Demps leads NCAA Division I players with 17 career interceptions. It was the second time this season Demps has retuned a pick for 100 yards.

Torres hit fields goals of 28 and 34 yards for the Knights to take a 22-17 lead. UCF added two more scores when Israel hit receiver Rocky Ross for a four-yard touchdown pass and Smith picked up a two-yard run.

Vittatoe went 20-for-37 with 292 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. UCF's Guyton led all receivers with 96 yards on four catches.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
UCF
1st Downs1727
Total Yards320480
Passing292267
Rushing28213
Penalties5-504-45
3rd Down Conversions3-129-16
4th Down Conversions0-21-2
Turnovers21
Possession22:3337:27

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe20/372927.912
UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Israel18/2626110.031

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson5255.009
Moturi199.009
UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith462194.8138
Francis372.306

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moturi1011611.6033
Rouse38829.3163
UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Guyton49624.0139
Ross7689.7114

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERUTEPUCF
FG11:24Michael Torres 47 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 51 yds, 2:59
03
TD04:59Corey Rabazinski 3 Yd Pass From Kyle Israel (Pat Blocked)
Drive: 7 plays, 76 yds, 2:59
09
TD01:48A.J. Guyton 39 Yd Pass From Kyle Israel (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 75 yds, 2:14
016
TD01:12Fred Rouse 19 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 63 yds, :29
716
FG00:00Jose Martinez 48 Yd
Drive: 2 plays, 32 yds, :12
1016
THIRD QUARTERUTEPUCF
TD10:37Quintin Demps 100 Yd Interception Return (Jose Martinez Kick) 1716
FG04:28Michael Torres 28 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 58 yds, 6:00
1719
FG02:37Michael Torres 34 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 8 yds, :52
1722
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPUCF
FG11:11Jose Martinez 42 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 40 yds, 6:20
2022
TD05:58Rocky Ross 4 Yd Pass From Kyle Israel (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 60 yds, 5:02
2029
TD02:25Kevin Smith 2 Yd Run (Michael Torres Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 37 yds, 2:42
2036