UTEP Bested By UCF In Season Finale, 36-20
Nov. 24, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Running back Kevin Smith rushed for 219 yards and a touchdown on 46 carries and quarterback Kyle Israel threw three touchdowns as UCF beat UTEP 36-20 on Saturday.
The Knights - winners of six straight since losing to South Florida on Oct. 13 - secured the Conference USA East title and will host the C-USA championship game Dec 1.
The Knights (9-3, 7-1 C-USA) scored first in the second quarter when Michael Torres kicked a 47-yard field goal.
Israel, who went 18-for-26 passing and 261 yards, threw a three-yard score to Corey Rabazinski and then a 39-yard pass to A.J. Guyton.
Free safety Quentin Demps intercepted Israel in the end zone and returned it 100 yards for the lead. Demps leads NCAA Division I players with 17 career interceptions. It was the second time this season Demps has retuned a pick for 100 yards.
Torres hit fields goals of 28 and 34 yards for the Knights to take a 22-17 lead. UCF added two more scores when Israel hit receiver Rocky Ross for a four-yard touchdown pass and Smith picked up a two-yard run.
Vittatoe went 20-for-37 with 292 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. UCF's Guyton led all receivers with 96 yards on four catches.