Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by hornfaninbama, Mar 19, 2014.
Let's start off on the right foot fellas.
UCF Takes Down Utah 49-23
UCF traveled to Rice-Ecles Stadium to take on the #11 ranked Utes and the defending national champs looked to be prepared for another strong season. Their offense is considered by many to be the strongest in the NCAA with 3 players in the Heisman finalist list, and they did not disappoint in this one. Utah’s offense moved the ball slowly down the field until their young sophomore QB threw a costly interception. The UCF offense came out firing with a huge 43 yard TD to their speedy WR Lumpkin who torched his defender on the deep ball. After holding the Utes on a 3rd and long in the next possession, UCF answered with another one of their Heisman contenders on the very next play, with an 80 yard TD run by HB AJ Lee. Utah finally got the ball moving to close the first quarter with a TD of their own on a 1 yard run.
The second quarter was all UCF. They were able to put up 21 unanswered points on the backs of their hard-nosed defense. A key momentum boost came on a defensive stop on 4th and inches and the knight’s offense kept rolling. Another 43 yard bomb, a short 4 yard TD pass to Belitnikoff winner Anthony Mark and a quick 24 yard strike after a great run after the catch showed by QB David Poole is many people’s preseason pick for the Heisman this season. A comfortable 35-7 lead was taken into the half by the Knights.
The second half showed why Utah is a contender and here to stay for the long run. Their team fought back, held the UCF offense to only 14 points, even causing a safety and they scored 2 TDs of their own late in the 4th quarter. Their running attack was went right up the middle of the smaller, faster UCF defense and made them pay on punishing runs by their big bruising tandem at HB. The final score in this one was 49-23, and both of these teams had flashes of greatness as they both look like they will be top 10 teams by the end of the season. The biggest question marks for the Utes is the play of their young QB Matt Harris. He has the athletic ability to make teams pay, as he did on a 64 yard td against the knights, but his inexperience throwing the ball cost the Utes with his 4 INTs. UCFs questions are if their undersized speedy linebacker core can survive an entire season, and what they will be able to do against teams that like to pound the rock.
POG: UCF WR Antoine Lumpkin 6 REC 172 YDS 4 TD- his speed on the edge was too much for the Utah secondary.
GG hornfaninbama best of luck this season
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