Nov. 3, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Latavius Murray rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns and caught another score as UCF defeated SMU 42-17 Saturday night.
Quarterback Blake Bortles also accounted for three touchdowns -- two through the air and one on the ground -- to help the Knights (7-2, 5-0) secure their fifth straight victory.
SMU (4-5, 3-2), which entered with the league's top-rated rushing defense, closed within four points in the second quarter, but never found consistency on either side of the ball.
After posting a career passing effort in last week's win over Memphis, SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert was sacked three times and never got into a rhythm.SMU's offense entered Saturday's game with some momentum with Gilbert coming off a career-high 353-yard passing effort in the Mustangs' 44-13 victory over Memphis last week, but the Knights' defense kept the junior off balance throughout. Gilbert and Zach Line both had rushing scores.
Line finished with 96 yards on 21 carries, his longest run of the game a 20-yard burst in the first half. Line did move into second on the SMU all-time career rushing list, passing former great Reggie Dupard who had 3,772 career yards. Line enters next week contest with 3,847 career rushing yards. Former Mustang great Eric Dickerson holds the school record with 4,432 yards on the ground.
SMU rode Line on the ground as much as it could and kept the game close early. But the Mustangs went three-and-out on three of their six drives of the opening 24 minutes. Gilbert also struggled to connect with his receivers, going 9-for-20 passing and was sacked twice.
Gilbert did cap a solid, 15-play drive with a 4-yard rushing score to close the gap briefly at 14-10 midway through the second quarter. It was overshadowed, though, by two other long drives that ended in a punt and field goal.
The Mustangs' special teams also had a miscue, with Kenneth Acker muffing a punt early in the second quarter. It was recovered by UCF and set up Murray's first rushing score of the game.
SMU returns to action next Saturday, Nov. 10, when the Mustangs host Southern Miss at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. CT and tickets are available by calling 214-768-4263 or online at smumustangs.com/tickets/.