Scores

Final

UCF 45

(7-3, 5-1 American)

UAB 31

(2-8, 1-5 C-USA)

7:30 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Legion Field (AL), Birmingham, AL

1 2 3 4 T
UCF 10 7 14 1445
UAB 14 3 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: J. Webb (UAB) - 156 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Smith (UCF) - 41 CAR, 320 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: F. Forrest (UAB) - 6 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD

UCF 45, UAB 31

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Kevin Smith carried 41 times for 320 yards and four touchdowns to lead Central Florida to a 45-31 victory over UAB Saturday night.

Smith, a junior from Miami, shattered his previous career high of 223 yards, set earlier this season against Louisiana-Lafayette. He had scoring runs of 2, 3, 8 and 41 yards and set a single game school rushing record.

Smith broke UCF's single season rushing record with a 20-yard run in the first quarter.

UCF (7-3, 5-3 CUSA) won its fourth game in a row. The Golden Knights claimed sole possession of first place in the east division of Conference USA with the help of Marshal's 26-7 victory over East Carolina.

Backup quarterback Joseph Webb completed 15-of-25 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns to lead UAB (2-8, 1-5). Starting quarterback Sam Hunt was the Blazers leading rusher with 79 yards on seven carries. Frantrell Forrest caught six passes for 71 yards and one touchdown.

Jake Howard's 44-yard field goal gave UCF a 3-0 lead, but UAB responded with a 67-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard scoring run by Hunt.

Smith put UCF back in front with a 2-yard touchdown run. But a 27-yard pass from Webb to Forrest gave UAB a 14-10 lead after one quarter.

A 3-yard touchdown run by Smith gave UCF the lead. But a 30-yard field goal by Swayze Waters in the final minute of the first half made in 17-17 at halftime.

On the second play of the second half, UCF's Joe Burnett intercepted a Hunt pass and returned it 21 yards to the UAB 21-yard-line. Smith scored on an 8-yard run to give the Golden Knights a 24-17 lead.

UAB answered with a 64-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard scoring pass from Webb to Mario Wright.

But a 51-yard run by backup tailback Curtis Francis gave UCF a 31-24 lead and the Knights did not lose the lead.

A four-yard pass from Kyle Israel to Rocky Ross gave UCF a 38-24 lead with 7;59 left. UAB closed to within 38-31 on a four-yard pass from Webb to Jeffrey Anderson with 2:12 left. The Blazers tried an onside kick, but UCF recovered and two plays later Smith raced 41 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCF
UAB
1st Downs2422
Total Yards506343
Passing104175
Rushing402168
Penalties6-701-5
3rd Down Conversions4-116-16
4th Down Conversions0-12-3
Turnovers12
Possession30:1429:46

Passing Leaders

UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Israel11/18915.111
UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Webb15/251566.231

Rushing Leaders

UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith413207.8441
Francis35719.0151
UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hunt77911.3157
Thornton8475.9026

Receiving Leaders

UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Merritt22412.0013
Ross3217.0114
UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Forrest67111.8127
Wright33411.3114

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCFUAB
FG12:26Jake Howard 44 Yd 30
TD08:30Sam Hunt 3 Yd Run (Swayze Waters Kick) 37
TD06:43Kevin Smith 2 Yd Run (Jake Howard Kick) 107
TD02:27Frantrell Forrest 27 Yd Pass From Joseph Webb (Swayze Waters Kick) 1014
SECOND QUARTERUCFUAB
TD03:55Kevin Smith 3 Yd Run (Jake Howard Kick) 1714
FG00:55Swayze Waters 30 Yd 1717
THIRD QUARTERUCFUAB
TD13:30Kevin Smith 8 Yd Run (Jake Howard Kick) 2417
TD10:39Mario Wright 13 Yd Pass From Joseph Webb (Swayze Waters Kick) 2424
TD08:49Curtis Francis 51 Yd Run (Jake Howard Kick) 3124
FOURTH QUARTERUCFUAB
TD07:59Rocky Ross 4 Yd Pass From Kyle Israel (Jake Howard Kick) 3824
TD02:12Jeffrey Anderson 4 Yd Pass From Joseph Webb (Swayze Waters Kick) 3831
TD01:17Kevin Smith 41 Yd Run (Jake Howard Kick) 4531