Bobcats Thump Knights

Alex Haynes (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

ATHENS, Ohio - True freshman quarterback Austin Everson had a memorable first career start in leading Ohio (2-4, 1-2 MAC) to a 28-0 homecoming victory over UCF (2-4, 1-2 MAC) Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. Everson was responsible for all four of Ohio's touchdowns, including three rushing scores, to lead the Bobcats to their first MAC win of the season.

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For the first time since Nov. 3, 1984, UCF failed to score in a game, snapping a string of 209 consecutive games. The last time UCF was shutout was vs. Indiana State (38-0).

UCF's first quarter blues continued Saturday as the Bobcats started the game firing on all cylinders. Ohio rolled up 173 yards of total offense in the opening period, led by Everson. The Tennessee native accounted for 148 yards of total offense, including a 57-yard touchdown pass and a 57-yard touchdown run.

Everson and the Bobcats scored on their first drive of the game when the quarterback found Brad Young on a 57-yard touchdown pass. Young caught the swing pass from Everson and raced down the sideline for the six points.

On Ohio's next drive, Everson scored from one-yard out to give OU a 14-0 lead. Everson finished the quarter with OU's third touchdown, as he raced 57 yards and broke several tackles for the touchdown. The score gave OU a 21-0 lead.

UCF could only muster 29 yards of total offense on 10 plays in the first quarter. All 29 yards came on one play when quarterback Jon Rivera found Alex Haynes on a 29-yard screen pass.

After a scoreless second quarter, the Bobcats scored again at the 7:17 mark in the third quarter. Everson scored his third rushing touchdown of the game with a one-yard score to give the Bobcats a 28-0 advantage.

UCF returns to action next Saturday at Akron. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

UCF Game Notes
UCF at Ohio
October 11, 2003

UCF failed to score, marking the first time since Nov. 3, 1984 that it was held scoreless. UCF had scored in 209 consecutive games since Indiana State blanked the Golden Knights 38-0.

Matt Prater set a new school record with an average of 57.6 yards per punt. Prater totaled seven punts for the 57. 6 yard average. Prater broke his own school record for average yards per punt. Prater's old school record was a 55.7 average in the season opener vs. Virginia Tech.

Matt Prater kicked a 74-yard punt in the second quarter, the second longest punt in school history. Glenn McCombs nailed a 77-yard punt vs. Austin Peay (10/29/83). The punt was the second for Prater this season over 70 yards. The sophomore also punted a 71-yarder in the season opener at Virginia Tech.

Ohio outscored UCF 21-0 in the first quarter. In six games in 2003, the Golden Knights have been outscored 65-9 in the opening quarter.

The 98 yards of total offense was the lowest ever during the Mike Kruczek era at UCF. In his 62 games as head coach, UCF has failed to reach 200 yards of total offense just twice. The previous low for total offense under Kruczek was 190 yards at Arizona State (9/7/02).

UCF failed to score at least 20 points for the fourth consecutive game. That is the longest streak since 1996 when UCF did not reach the 20-point plateau. The 1996 campaign was UCF's first in Division I-A.

9/7/96 South Carolina 33, UCF 14
9/14/96 New Mexico 17, UCF 7
9/21/96 Ball State 31, UCF 10
9/28/96 East Carolina 28, UCF 7

True freshman wide receiver Mike Walker made his first career start. The Golden Knights opened the game with five wide receivers.

Brandon Sumner made his first career appearance at quarterback for the Golden Knights. quick links:

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