NCAA Game Summary - Texas at UCF|
(Saturday, September 15th)
Final Score: (6) Texas 35, UCF 32
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Colt McCoy passed for 259 yards with a
touchdown and Ryan Bailey kicked five field goals as sixth-ranked Texas held
off an upset-minded UCF, 35-32, at Bright House Networks Stadium.
McCoy finished 32-of-47 with an interception and Jamaal Charles rushed for 153
yards on 22 carries with a score for Texas (3-0), which was coming off a 34-13
win over TCU on September 8. Nate Jones chipped in with seven catches for 59
yards and a score, while Brandon Foster returned an interception 33
yards for another TD.
Kyle Israel was only 9-of-26 passing for 134 yards with a touchdown and an
interception for UCF (1-1). He also rushed for a TD.
Kevin Smith ran for 149 yards on 27 carries with two scores, while Kamar Aiken
pulled in four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown for the Knights, who were
bidding for another upset win after defeating North Carolina State, 25-23, on
With Texas ahead 20-10 at halftime, the Longhorns came out of the locker room
for the second and put three more on the board when Bailey capped a nine-play,
50-yard set by hitting a 42-yard field goal.
Smith's three-yard dive up the middle early in the third got the Knights
within 23-17. Prior to the score, Israel converted on a 3rd-and-eight from the
UCF 31 when he found Aiken for 15 yards. Texas' Deon Beasley was flagged
for a 15-yard late hit out-of-bonds penalty that moved the ball to the
Longhorns 39. Smith then ran off left tackle for 36 yards before punching it
into the end zone on the next play.
After Joe Burnett picked off McCoy at the UCF 35, the Knights went on the
attack again, marching 65-yards on eight plays. Israel completed two short
passes and Smith rushed for 32 more, taking it down to the Texas 18 late in
the third quarter. Israel finished the drive when, on fourth-and-goal from the
one, the quarterback ran around right tackle, found an opening and dove in for
the score, giving UCF a 24-23 lead.
Bailey's 40-yarder with 9:34 left in the fourth put the Longhorns back in
front 26-24. With Texas starting at its own 32, McCoy completed passes of 18
and nine yards, taking it to the UCF 41. After two more first down
conversions, the drive stalled and the Horns kicked the field goal.
Following a failed offensive set by the Knights, Texas added three more on a
37-yard effort by Bailey to make it a five-point game with just over five
minutes to play.
With UCF trying to mount a drive, Israel was stripped of the ball by Ryan
Palmer and recovered by Marcus Griffin at the Knights 46. Texas quickly took
advantage as Charles ran 46 yards down the right sideline for a score to make
it a 35-24 game. The two-point attempt failed.
UCF got the ball back off a Longhorns' turnover and went 53 yards on six
plays, capped off by a seven-yard Israel to Aiken TD. The two-point conversion
made it 35-32 with 35 ticks left.
The Knights' on-side kick effort failed and the Horns ran out the clock to end
"Our football team is a solid team and they have good chemistry," UCF head
coach George O'Leary said. "They did what I asked them to do and that was play
a full 60 minutes."
After UCF went three-and-out on its opening possession, Texas took over,
starting on its own 34, and moved the ball downfield with ease behind some
hard running by Charles. The Longhorns then converted a key 4th-and-1 on the
UCF 10-yard line, but the drive stalled after that and Texas had to settle for
a 19-yard field goal by Bailey.
The Knights came right back on their next series to put seven on the board
midway through the first period. Israel hit Rocky Ross with a 20-yard strike
on 3rd-and-18 and three plays later found Smith for 24 more, moving the ball
down to the Texas 26. Smith capped the eight-play, 68-yard drive with a two-
yard touchdown run to give UCF a 7-3 lead.
Following a 16-minute lightning delay, the Horns marched 73 yards on 14 plays
behind McCoy's 10-of-11 passing effort. The Texas quarterback completed the
drive when he connected with Jones for a six-yard score to put the visitors up
Michael Torres' 47-yard field goal nine seconds into the second stanza tied
The game turned ugly over the next several minutes when both teams had trouble
hanging onto the football.
The Longhorns had a well-orchestrated drive going midway through the second as
McCoy continued his fine play, moving Texas down to the UCF 11. However, on
third-and-seven, Charles coughed up the ball and the Knights recovered to halt
Israel gave it right back on the ensuing series. While attempting to scramble
for a first down on third-and-short, the UCF signal-caller fumbled on his own
10, which Texas recovered. The Horns were unable to mount any offense and
Bailey's 31-yard field-goal try sailed wide right.
After both team's traded punts, Texas got a big break when Israel rolled out
and threw right, but the ball went off the hands of the intended receiver and
was picked off by Foster, who raced 33 yards for a score, putting the
Longhorns ahead 17-10 with 3:26 left in the second.
Texas tacked on three more with one second remaining in the half when Bailey
nailed a 19-yard field goal to put the Horns up by 10 heading into the
intermission. It could have been more, as it was initially ruled that Jones
hauled in McCoy's pass for a 14-yard TD, but replays showed the receiver was
clearly out of bonds. UCF was called for pass interference on the play, which
made it first-and-goal from the two with five ticks left, but Texas elected to
take the sure three instead of running another play.
Today's game marked the first game at Bright House Networks Stadium...Texas
will host Rice on September 22, while UCF hosts Memphis...Texas had 482
yards of total offense compared to 320 by UCF.
09/16 01:47:34 ET