Oct. 8, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. – Despite standout performances from seniors Omar Brown and Vinny Curry, the Marshall football team fell to UCF 16-6 at a rain-soaked Bright House Networks Stadium Saturday in Orlando, Fla.
The Thundering Herd fell to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in Conference USA while the Knights improved to 3-2 and 1-0 in C-USA.
Brown, the team leader in tackles, added to his total with 18 (13 solo, 5 assists) on Saturday. He also recorded his second interception of the season and his third forced fumble.
Senior defensive end Vinny Curry also put forth an impressive performance as the C-USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year recorded eight tackles (five for a loss), two sacks and a forced fumble. He entered the game ranked second in the conference in sacks and now has six on the season.
Overall, the Herd defense had 14 tackles for loss compared to just three for UCF.
UCF was led by its running back, Brynn Harvey, who had 30 carries for 180 yards. He broke for a 50-yard gain on the game’s first offensive play. That drive ended with a five-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Jeff Godfrey to A.J. Guyton as the Knights grabbed an early 7-0 lead.
The Knight offense scored again at the end of the first quarter with a four-yard touchdown run by Latavius Murray to go ahead 14-0.
Marshall’s offense was slowed throughout the game by both the Knights defense and a downpour of Florida rain that came down the entire game.
Midway through the second quarter, a UCF punt was downed at the Marshall one yard line. Three plays later, a holding penalty in the end zone gave the Knights a safety and a 16-0 lead with 8:45 remaining in the half.
In the third quarter, the Marshall defense held UCF to just 25 yards of offense. The defense then put the Herd on the board as Curry caused Harvey to fumble the ball which was recovered by Marshall’s Rashad Jackson and returned 12 yards for the touchdown.
Marshall trailed 16-6 after its two -point conversion attempt failed.
Both offenses were non-existent in the fourth-quarter. For the game, Marshall was outgained 387-130. The 10-point win was the 100th career win for UCF head coach George O’Leary.
Marshall freshman quarterback Rakeem Cato completed 11 of his 29 pass attempts for 87 yards. Juinor wide receiver Aaron Dobson led the team with three receptions for 33 yards.
On the ground, sophomore running back Tron Martinez rushed for 33 yards on 11 carries.
Godfrey completed 13 of 22 pass attempts for 27 yards and one touchdown. His main target was Josh Reese who finished with four receptions for 42 yards for UCF.
The Herd will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 15 when it hosts Rice at 3 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.