Rushing Defense: The consistent strength of UCF all season and having entered the game third in the nation, the rushing defense was even better Sunday, holding Tulane to minus 30 yards on the ground. The total is the second fewest for a team in FBS this season. Including today, UCF has held its last four opponents to under 100 yards rushing.
Tulane had only 50 yards of total offense in the game, and the Knights’ defense forced five Green Wave turnovers.
The UCF offense benefitted from the takeways, scoring 28 points off turnovers, including on three-straight possessions early in the third quarter.
“Their defense is really good, much better then I thought,” said Tulane head coach Bob Toledo. “I thought we could establish some kind of run and be able to throw the ball a little bit, but they snuffed us out. They are really good.”
Putting It Away: After taking a 14-0 lead into halftime, UCF left no question of the outcome of the game with a dominant third quarter. The Knights forced three turnovers in the quarter, and scored touchdowns on each of their four possessions to outscore the Green Wave 28-0 in the period.
Other Notes: UCF improves to 21-10 all-time on senior day…UCF is now 6-1 at home this season and 14-6 in the three-year history of Bright House Networks Stadium…The Knights are 6-0 all-time at Bright House Networks Stadium against Conference USA West Division teams…UCF outgained Tulane 504 to 50 in total offense…The 504 yards of total offense are the most since 506 on Nov. 10, 2007, at UAB…Redshirt sophomore Darius Nall had two first-half sacks and now has four on the year…Justin Boddie became the 11th different Knight to record a sack this season…Junior Reggie Weems, a Louisiana native, had his first career interception in the second quarter… Since 2005, UCF has won 14 out of 19 games, including three out of four games this season. That marks the most wins in any month of the calendar over that span…With the offensive outburst, UCF improved to 17-1 over the past 32 games when scoring 20-plus points. The Knights are only 1-13 when scoring less than 20 over that stretch…The 29-yard Kamar Aiken touchdown reception on the first play of a third-quarter drive was UCF’s fifth single-play scoring drive this season…Scout Team Players of the Week were Brandon Davis and Nick Black(offense), Emery Allen (defense) and Ash Weekley (special teams).
Source: UCF Athletics