Scores

Final

SMU 17

(4-5, 3-2 American)

UCF 42

(7-2, 5-0 American)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

7:00 PM ET, November 3, 2012

BH Networks Stadium, ORLANDO, FL

1 2 3 4 T
SMU 3 7 0 717
UCF 7 14 14 742

Top Performers

Passing: B. Bortles (UCF) - 110 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Murray (UCF) - 23 CAR, 155 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. Murray (UCF) - 2 REC, 41 YDS, 1 TD

SMU back under .500 as Latavius Murray's 2 TDs lift UCF

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Latavius Murray rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns and caught another score as Central Florida rolled past Southern Methodist 42-17 Saturday night.

Quarterback Blake Bortles also accounted for three touchdowns -- two through the air and one on the ground -- to help the Knights (7-2, 5-0) secure their fifth straight victory and remain on track to host the Conference USA championship game.

SMU (4-5, 3-2), which entered with the league's top-rated rushing defense, fell back under .500 and deeper behind West Division-leading Tulsa.

The Mustangs briefly closed within four points in the second quarter, but never found consistency on either side of the ball.

After posting a career passing effort in last week's win over Memphis, SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert was sacked three times and never got into a rhythm.

SMU's offense entered Saturday's game with some momentum with Gilbert coming off a career-high 353-yard passing effort in the Mustangs' 44-13 victory over Memphis last week.

But the Knights' defense kept the junior off balance throughout, holding him to just 16 of 29 for 133 yards. Gilbert and Zach Line both had rushing scores, but were otherwise limited to mostly short gains.

Line finished with 96 yards on 21 carries, his longest run of the game a 20-yard burst in the first half.

SMU's struggles were on both sides of the ball, with its defense having no answers for Murray in the first half while the Knights built a 21-10 halftime lead.

Murray showed both his vision finding running lanes and his speed in the open field during the half, rushing for 124 yards and two scores.

That opened up the passing game as well, with Bortles adding a third score through the air and spreading out the Mustangs' secondary. For the night Bortles completed throws to seven different receivers.

SMU rode Line on the ground as much as it could and kept the game close early. But the Mustangs went three-and-out on three of their six drives of the opening 24 minutes. Gilbert also struggled to connect with his receivers, going 9-for-20 passing and was sacked twice.

Gilbert did cap a solid, 15-play drive with a 4-yard rushing score to close the gap briefly at 14-10 midway through the second quarter. It was overshadowed, though, by two other long drives that ended in a punt and field goal.

The Mustangs' special teams also had a miscue, with Kenneth Acker muffing a punt early in the second quarter. It was recovered by UCF and set up Murray's first rushing score of the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
UCF
1st Downs1625
Total Yards259396
Passing133155
Rushing126241
Penalties7-532-20
3rd Down Conversions7-147-10
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers11
Possession32:5127:09

Passing Leaders

Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gilbert16/291334.600
UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bortles10/151107.320

Rushing Leaders

Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
Line21964.6020
Gilbert10303.0212
UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray231556.7229
Bortles6335.5110

Receiving Leaders

Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Line45112.8021
Johnson6467.7017
UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Murray24120.5128
Tukes23015.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMUUCF
TD05:39Rannell Hall 21 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 07
FG01:18Chase Hover 32 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERSMUUCF
TD13:57Latavius Murray 23 Yd Run (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 314
TD06:41Garrett Gilbert 4 Yd Run (Chase Hover Kick) 1014
TD02:57Latavius Murray 20 Yd Run (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERSMUUCF
TD12:06Blake Bortles 10 Yd Run (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 1028
TD07:30Latavius Murray 28 Yd Pass From Jeff Godfrey (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 1035
FOURTH QUARTERSMUUCF
TD07:37Breshad Perriman 18 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 1042
TD00:30Garrett Gilbert 12 Yd Run (Chase Hover Kick) 1742