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(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: UCF 49, Rice 7
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The passing attack for the UCF Knights accounted for four touchdowns as the squad picked up an overwhelming 49-7 win against the Rice Owls in a Conference USA clash at Rice Stadium.
The Knights (4-3, 2-2 C-USA) had three different players throw touchdown passes on the afternoon, with Rob Calabrese doing the most damage with 3-of-4 passes for 71 yards and a pair of TDs. Brett Hodges accounted for 145 yards passing and a score and A.J. Guyton not only caught four balls for 113 yards and a TD, he also completed his only pass of the outing for a 36-yard score as well.
The Owls (0-8, 0-4), who entered the week with the nation's fifth-longest losing streak, have now fallen in eight straight since closing out 2008 with a bowl win. Quarterbacks Nick Fanuzzi and John Shepherd combined to convert 25- of-37 passes for 178 yards and an interception, while also being sacked five times.
UCF ripped off 42 unanswered points to begin the contest and never looked back, beginning with a 76-yard TD pass from Hodges to Guyton, followed by a one-yard TD run by Hodges to make the score 14-0. Ronnie Weaver, who carried the ball five times for 58 yards, took one of those attempts 27 yards into the end zone for the Knights.
The only scoring in the second quarter came courtesy of a 36-yard pass from Guyton to Kamar Aiken, giving UCF a commanding 28-0 edge at the break.
The Knights defense got in on the act in the third quarter when Josh Robinson returned an interception 24 yards for a TD, while Calabrese and Jamar Newsome finished off the attack with a 52-yard scoring pass.
The only points of the day for Rice came on a one-yard touchdown run by Charles Ross, making the score 42-7 with 11:03 remaining in the final frame.
In the final minute Calabrese struck again for UCF, this time hitting Ricky Kay with a 13-yard TD strike to close out the afternoon's affair.
Despite running 18 more offensive plays than the Knights, Rice was limited to a mere 282 yards, compared to 465 yards for UCF as the school won its 50th road game in school history.
10/24 19:49:49 ET