Scores

Final

UCF 25

(1-0, 1-0 away)

NC State 23

(0-1, 0-1 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 1, 2007

Carter-Finley Stadium, RALEIGH, NC

1 2 3 4 T
UCF 15 10 0 025
NCST 0 3 7 1323

Top Performers

Passing: H. Beck (NCST) - 207 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Smith (UCF) - 35 CAR, 217 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Dunlap (NCST) - 6 REC, 65 YDS

Knights 25, Wolfpack 23

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kevin Smith rushed for a career-high 217 yards with two touchdowns, and Central Florida held on to beat North Carolina State 25-23 on Saturday night, spoiling Tom O'Brien's debut as the Wolfpack's coach.

Smith had a school-record 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and had 177 yards by halftime for the Knights (1-0), who led 25-3 at the break and claimed their first win over a BCS conference team in seven years.

N.C. State made it a two-point game on two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by Harrison Beck -- a 6-yarder to Pat Bedics and a 14-yarder to Donald Bowens midway through the quarter.

The Wolfpack had the ball at their 20-yard line with 6 minutes left but were stopped on a fourth-and-6, allowing UCF to bleed the clock.

N.C. State (0-1) had one last chance after the Knights turned it over on downs with 55 seconds left, and Beck led the Wolfpack to the UCF 41 with about 10 seconds left.

But on the next play they were penalized for having 12 men on the field with 4.5 seconds left, and Joe Burnett intercepted Beck's desperation attempt at about the 20.

That sealed the Knights' second victory over a team from a BCS conference since their 1996 move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, and their first since shocking Alabama 40-38 in 2000 in a win that helped lead to Mike DuBose's exit in Tuscaloosa.

Smith surpassed his previous best of 202 yards, set against Nevada in the 2005 Hawaii Bowl, and became the first player with more than 200 yards rushing against N.C. State since Minnesota's Tellis Redmon had 246 in the Micron PC Bowl in 2000.

Andre Brown had a 33-yard touchdown run one play after Darrell Blackman's 57-yard punt return for the Wolfpack. Beck relieved starter Daniel Evans and completed 17-of-28 passes for 207 yards.

It wasn't enough to keep O'Brien from getting off to a tough start in Raleigh. The former Boston College coach made a rare intra-conference switch last December to replace Chuck Amato, who was fired after a 3-9 finish.

Smith burst untouched through the right side and down the sideline on the season's first snap, and the Knights intercepted Evans' pass on N.C. State's opening series to set up Michael Torres' 40-yard field goal that put UCF up 10-0 about 3 1/2 minutes into the season.

N.C. State was outgained by nearly 200 yards in the first half and had minus-14 yards rushing at the break. At one point, UCF had 140 total yards to the Wolfpack's 4.

Torres finished with three field goals, also converting from 39 and 19 yards out, and defensive end Bruce Miller recorded a safety when he sacked Evans in the end zone.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCF
NCST
1st Downs1316
Total Yards299357
Passing93272
Rushing20685
Penalties4-297-67
3rd Down Conversions2-165-17
4th Down Conversions2-41-4
Turnovers02
Possession29:3030:30

Passing Leaders

UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Israel12/24933.900-
North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Evans7/10656.501-
Beck17/282077.421-

Rushing Leaders

UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith352176.2280
Israel6101.7015
North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown14735.2133
Baker10383.8013

Receiving Leaders

UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Guyton5214.2014
Ross35117.0021
North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dunlap66510.8032
Stone36722.3029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCFNCST
TD14:40KEVIN SMITH 80 YD RUN (MICHAEL TORRES KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yards.
70
FG11:23MICHAEL TORRES 40 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yards.
100
S5:06BRUCE MILLER SAFETY120
FG1:18MICHAEL TORRES 36 YD FG
Drive info: 13 plays, 45 yards.
150
SECOND QUARTERUCFNCST
FG6:14STEVEN HAUSCHKA 29 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards.
153
TD4:05KEVIN SMITH 8 YD RUN (MICHAEL TORRES KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yards.
223
FG0:00MICHAEL TORRES 19 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 42 yards.
253
THIRD QUARTERUCFNCST
TD10:16ANDRE BROWN 33 YD RUN (STEVEN HAUSCHKA KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 33 yards.
2510
FOURTH QUARTERUCFNCST
TD14:04PAT BEDICS 6 YD PASS FROM HARRISON BECK (STEVEN HAUSCHKA KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yards.
2517
TD8:33DONALD BOWENS 14 YD PASS FROM HARRISON BECK (FAILED 2PT PASS)
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yards.
2523