ORLANDO, Fla. -- UCF leads SMU 10-0 at halftime of the Conference USA championship game. Here is a brief breakdown.
Stat of the half: Zero, the number of receptions for SMU leading receiver Aldrick Robinson. He came into the game as the top receiver in C-USA, averaging 98.5 yards per game. Plus, he had touchdown receptions in six straight games. But Josh Boddie has done an excellent job of taking Robinson away from Kyle Padron. The quarterback did try to go to Robinson a few times, but overthrew him. With Robinson taken away, Darius Johnson has stepped up with six catches for 70 yards.
Best player in the half: UCF quarterback Jeff Godfrey. He has shown why he is one of the best freshmen quarterbacks in the country. Godfrey has 148 of UCF's 204 total yards in the first half, going 11-of-15 for 126 yards with a touchdown and adding 22 yards on the ground. Godfrey has been hurried plenty, but has been able to keep several drives alive while avoiding silly mistakes (though he got lucky when Chris Banjo dropped an interception in the end zone late in the half). He is a big reason why UCF is leading time of possession 17:43 to 12:17.
What UCF needs to do: Keep on grinding the clock. This is the lowest scoring first half in C-USA title game history, and a big reason is because the Knights are playing keepaway from the potent SMU run 'n' shoot offense. UCF hurt itself with a personal foul penalty on Kamar Aiken on second-and-goal from the 3 late in the half, settling for a field goal. Coach George O'Leary is bound to address that at the break.
What SMU needs to do: Get Zach Line more involved. C-USA's leading rusher has nine carries for 46 yards after averaging 30 carries in his past two games. SMU came out throwing and has tried to establish the pass early in this game. Padron has found some openings, but other times he has overthrown open receivers -- including an open Robinson in the end zone in the second quarter -- and is 7-of-13 for 89 yards. Wonder whether his ankle is bothering him. The SMU defense has had opportunities to take down Godfrey but hasn't wrapped up. Better tackling is a must.