NCAA Game Summary - U-C-F at S-M-U|
(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: SMU 38, UCF 17
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - J.J. McDermott torched UCF, as SMU's quarterback
threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Mustangs to a 38-17 victory
over the Knights in a Conference-USA bout at Gerald Ford Stadium.
Cole Beasley was the main target for McDermott, as the wide out finished with
134 yards and one touchdown on 10 receptions. Zach Line led the way on the
ground for SMU (5-1, 3-0 C-USA), rushing for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Jeff Godfrey led the way for UCF (3-3, 1-1) with 231 yards and one score on 23-
of-32 passing. However, he gave way to Blake Bortles, who finished 9-of-12 for
118 yards and one touchdown.
The Mustangs came into this game with revenge on their minds after losing the
league title to UCF last year, and they wasted little time trampling the
Knights, as SMU scored the first 17 points of the contest.
The first score came on the ground, as Line rumbled through UCF's defense for
an 11-yard touchdown. That was followed by a 26-yard field goal by Chase Hover
in the final minute of the opening quarter.
The special teams for SMU got involved in the second stanza, as Richard
Crawford returned a punt 92 yards to give the Mustangs a 17-0 lead.
Shawn Moffitt's 36-yard field goal late in the second quarter put the Knights
on the scoreboard, but they went into the break on the wrong end of a 17-3
The lone touchdown in the third quarter came from SMU, as McDermott connected
with Beasley for a five-yard touchdown.
Seconds into the fourth frame the Knights cut their deficit to 24-10 when
Godfrey found Joshua Reese for a 27-yard scoring strike.
SMU wasted little time with its response, in fact, the team only needed one
play and it was a big one, as McDermott hit Der'rikk Thompson with a 72-yard
The Mustangs created more distance later in the quarter, as Line broke free for
a 19-yard touchdown scamper.
Less than two minutes later the Knights cut their deficit to 38-17 with a two-
yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to J.J. Worton. Even with the late score
the Knights were too far behind to mount a significant comeback.
10/15 20:20:20 ET