In a rare Wednesday night game that was televised nationally on ESPN, Central Florida put on a defensive show as Troy Davis returned an interception for a touchdown and Josh Robinson recovered a fumble as Central Florida overwhelmed Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), 42-7.
Knights’ head coach, George O’Leary was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I thought all areas of the game helped win the game. Offense, defense, and special teams contributed. Except for the start of the second half I thought we played a good all-around ball game.”
Knights’ starting quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey played a steady game and made timely passes and runs which resulted in 216 total yards.
The 5’11 freshman completed 9 of 11 passes for 137 yards. His longest pass completion was for 44 yards. On the ground, Godfrey ran the ball nine times for 80 yards.
Godfrey is an early candidate to be the conference’s freshman of the year. The start against UAB was his third in a row and it’s not likely that he will relinquish his starting job anytime soon.
Coach George O’Leary had said a few weeks ago when he first made the switch at quarterback that Godfrey gives the team the best chance to win.
“He does a good job of innovating and making a good play out of a bad play,” O’Leary said.
Central Florida was able to recover from a very tough road loss to Kansas State, 17-13. The Knights had led most of the game until the Wildcats were able to score with less than a minute to go.
The Knights (3-2 overall, 1-0 conference) and will face Marshall in another Wednesday night game on October 13th.
Defensively, Central Florida has been stout and held UAB quarterback Bryan Ellis to 149 yards passing and forced two interceptions for the losing Blazers team who drops to (1-4 overall, 0-2 conference). Ellis’ early troubles forced the UAB coaching staff to put ‘wildcat’ quarterback David Isabelle into the game. Isabelle had completed one pass, but ran the ball 12 times for 62 yards.