UCF Game Balls

The Knights proved to everyone in attendance that last week's victory against Houston was not a fluke as they tamed the Tulane Green Wave, 49-0. This win was a total team effort, sending the seniors out in style on senior night, putting up better than 500 yards of offense and allowing just 50 the entire game.

Brynn Harvey – Harvey only carried the ball 16 times in the game, but he racked up 129 yards (107 yards in the first quarter alone on nine carries). He scored three touchdowns, one in each quarter, before being pulled out in the fourth due to the score. Harvey surpassed the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this year (fifth time in career) and is the first person to compile 100-yard rushing games consecutively since Kevin Smith in 2007. He also has 13 rushing touchdowns on the season, tying him for third all-time in school history.

Brett Hodges – It felt like Hodges was a kid in a candy store with his choosing of open receivers. He went 19 for 28 for 234 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. At least six of the nine incompletions were dropped balls by his receivers. Hodges has now surpassed 2,000 yards passing on the season.

Offensive Line – What more can you say about a line that allows you to have 504 total yards of offense while only committing one penalty. They opened up big holes for Harvey, who had a 50-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and gave plenty of time for Hodges to find his receivers. They allowed the offense to have the ball for over 37 minutes and convert on nine of 14 third downs.

Kamar Aiken – Aiken led the Knights with 84 receiving yards on five catches, including two diving touchdown receptions in the 3rd quarter.

UCF Defense - In their best showing of the year, possibly in the O'Leary era, the Knights allowed a total of 50 yards on 51 plays. The Green Wave carried the ball 24 times for negative 30 yards. Josh Robinson and Reggie Weams each had an interception and Darius Null recorded two sacks. Robinson tied the school record in interceptions by a freshman with five this year. Seven players had a part in a tackle for loss and six players had a quarterback hit, including Torrell Troupe and Cory Hogue. Kemal Ishmael led the Knights with seven tackles, five unassisted.

Special Teams – The special teams showed again why they are the best in Conference USA. Although they allowed two of the eight kickoffs to be returned past their 35-yard line, they came up big with devastating hits and great tackles, including a forced fumble and recovery deep in Tulane territory to put the game out of reach. Both Nick Cattoi and Jamie Boyle converted on their extra point tries and each averaged over 63 yards on kickoffs. Blake Clingan averaged 35 yards in his three punts, pinning the Green Wave inside their 20-yard line twice.

Coaches – George O'Leary and his coaching staff made sure that the Knights did not have a letdown after defeating nationally ranked Houston last week. After a sluggish first half for the offense, scoring just 14 points while throwing an interception and a missed fourth down conversion in the red zone, the defense led the way for them to score with great field position. The defense put pressure on Tulane's quarterback Ryan Griffin all game and stuffed the run every chance they got. In the end, the offense out-yarded the Green Wave ten times (504 to 50) and preserved the shutout 49-0.

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