UCF vs USF: Game Balls
Joe Burnett (John Raoux/AP)
Joe Burnett (John Raoux/AP)
Staff, InsideKnights.com
Posted Sep 7, 2008

Down 24-10 with just several minutes left in the game, things seemed desolate for UCF as it appeared that USF would beat them for a fourth straight year. An interception and two touchdowns later, the Knights made an improbable comeback to fall literally inches short in overtime. Losing 31-24, the Knights must cope with a heartbreaking loss, but even in defeat, there are bright spots.

• Joe Burnett- UCF’s defensive leader had a spectacular night, recording four tackles and providing fairly decent coverage through the evening. Where Burnett really made an impact was on special teams, as he had a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter, as well a blocked field goal in the third quarter to keep the Knights within a score at the time.

• Michael Greco-
He wasn’t dazzling, but UCF’s quarterback did exactly what was asked of him and then some. Greco managed the game, made plays with his arm and legs, and didn’t make any erroneous plays. Greco had two touchdown passes in the game’s final two minutes, and finished with 150 passing yards and 51 rushing yards.

• Patrick Brown- The experienced left tackle did a phenomenal job on preseason All-American George Selvie, as he kept USF’s end away from Greco for most of the game and gave up zero sacks.

• Rocky Ross-
The senior receiver made some tough catches and consistently got open, hauling in eight catches for 90 yards. He also had the game tying touchdown with 1:40 left.

• Lawrence Young- The sophomore linebacker led the Knights with 6 tackles, 2 for a loss and also had a big sack.

• Cory Hogue- Returning from a lower leg injury, Hogue brought intensity and made some key stops for UCF, including a forced fumble.

• Bruce Miller- After committing a penalty early in the game, Miller accounted for a key tackle on a goal line stand and also had an interception in the fourth quarter that turned the game around.

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