UCF blown away 27-7 vs. Miami Hurricanes
Published: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Updated: Saturday, October 17, 2009 23:10
The Hurricanes made landfall at UCF on a chilly Saturday evening when Miami beat the Knights 27-7 in front of a record Bright House Network Stadium crowd of 48,453.
The only scoring in the fourth quarter was a 3-yard touchdown run by Miami's Damien Berry that finalized the score. That rush came at the end of a 9-play, 61-yard drive.
Rob Calabrese took snaps for the Knights in the fourth quarter when starting quarterback Brett Hodges left the game. Calabrese was one-for-four, for 13 yards.
Hodges finished the game with 163 yards, 12-for-27 and one interception.
UCF couldn't capitalize on a 1st-and-goal from the Miami 2-yard-line as Hodges was intercepted, leading to a 47-yard field goal for Miami as they take a 20-7 lead heading into the final quarter at Bright House Networks Stadium.
The Knights did finally get on the board in the third, compiling an 80-yard drive in just nine plays for the touchdown. On the drive, Hodges found wide receiver Jamar Newsome for a 41-yard reception down the field and eventually found Rocky Ross in the end zone for a 5-yard pass play, pulling the Knights to at 17-7.
Miami got out to a 17-0 lead early in the third after Miami quarterback Jacory Harris connected with LaRon Byrd down the field for a 32-yard and a 14-yard play, respectively. Hurricane running back Javarris James eventually ran it in from five yards out to give Miami the score.
Harris was 20-for-26, getting 293 yards. The Hurricanes ended up with 363 total offensive yards.
A drive that stalled on a holding penalty with under a minute remaining in the half wasn't enough for UCF to get on the scoreboard as a Miami field goal is the only score in the second quarter to give the Hurricanes a 10-0 heading into halftime.
On that scoring drive, Harris and the offense started on the UCF 49-yard-line and used two completions down the field to set up the 31-yard field goal by kicker Matt Bosher with 9:47 remaining in the half.
Defensively, the Knights started to get pressure on Harris in the second quarter, sacking the sophomore quarterback three times. UCF's defense also held Miami to a season-low 169 yards of total offense in the first half, including just 11 yards on the ground.
Harris finished the half 13-of-17 with 158 yards passing and a touchdown. Hodges was 7-of-15 with 86 yards passing. The Knights secured just 112 total yards of offense. Miami also held the advantage in time of possession, holding the ball for 17:47 compared to the Knights 12:13.
After a missed 32-yard field goal by UCF's Nick Cattoi with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter, Miami drove down the field on an 8-play, 80-yard drive for a touchdown as they lead UCF 7-0 after the first quarter.
Harris connected with WR Leonard Hankerson for a 23-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to give Miami the only score of the game. Harris completed all five passes he attempted on the drive.
The Knights missed an opportunity to get on the board early but had a successful first drive, highlighted by a 35-yard completion from Hodges to Aiken down the field that put UCF at the Miami 18-yard-line. The Knights compiled a total of 58 yards in the first quarter.