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Central Florida 35, Memphis 28

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

By PHIL STUKENBORG
The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mikey Keene passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns and RJ Harvey rushed for 151 yards and a score to lead No. 25 UCF to a 35-28 win over Memphis.

UCF (7-2, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) handed Memphis (4-5, 2-4) its fourth consecutive loss, the Tigers' longest losing streak since 2013.

Keene was pressed into his first start of the season after quarterback John Rhys Plumlee suffered an injury in last weekend's upset of nationally ranked Cincinnati. Plumlee sustained a possible concussion in UCF's 25-21 victory over the Bearcats.

Keene rallied the Knights, who were held scoreless in the third quarter, by tossing two fourth-quarter touchdowns. The first was a 13-yard pass to Kobe Hudson early in the fourth quarter for a 28-21 UCF lead.

Hudson's second TD reception of the game came after the Knights stopped the Tigers on downs at the UCF 39 in the closing minutes of the third quarter. Keene added his third TD pass - and second of the quarter -- with 4:58 left by finding Javon Baker on a perfect strike to the left corner of the end zone for a 35-21 advantage.

Keane, who completed 22 of 28 passes, was aided by a UCF defense that ranks No. 1 nationally in red zone defense. The Knights held Memphis scoreless on three trips inside the UCF 10-yard line in the first half.

Quarterback Seth Henigan passed for 284 yards and a touchdown to lead Memphis, but was intercepted twice. Henigan also led the Tigers with 69 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Harvey capped UCF's opening drive with a 22-yard touchdown run, turning a busted play into a score by reversing field and breaking a tackle before reaching the end zone. He set up another TD with a 61-yard run.

UCF stopped a potential Memphis scoring drive late in the first quarter as nose tackle Anthony Montalvo dropped running back Jevyon Ducker for a one-yard loss on 4th-and-1 from the UCF 6.

The Tigers put together the first scoring drive of the second half to tie the game, 21-all, wth Ducker's 1-yard run.

THE TAKEAWAY

UCF: Playing without Plumlee, the Knights' offense was productive enough behind Keene. Despite being limited to 38 yards in the third quarter, the Knights recovered to score the go-ahead touchdown with 12:19 to go.

Memphis: Entering the game with a three-game losing streak that has placed pressure on coach Ryan Silverfield, the Tigers kept pace with the Knights before faltering.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UCFMem
UCF TD 10:52 RJ Harvey 22 yd run (Colton Boomer kick) 7 0
Mem TD 5:59 Brandon Thomas 7 yd run (Chris Howard kick) 7 7
Second Quarter UCFMem
UCF TD 11:23 Stephen Martin 4 yd pass from Isaiah Bowser (Colton Boomer kick) 14 7
Mem TD 8:18 Seth Henigan 1 yd run (Chris Howard kick) 14 14
UCF TD 6:39 Kobe Hudson 24 yd pass from Mikey Keene (Colton Boomer kick) 21 14
Third Quarter UCFMem
Mem TD 6:53 Jevyon Ducker 1 yd run (Chris Howard kick) 21 21
Fourth Quarter UCFMem
UCF TD 12:19 Kobe Hudson 13 yd pass from Mikey Keene (Colton Boomer kick) 28 21
UCF TD 4:58 Javon Baker 24 yd pass from Mikey Keene (Colton Boomer kick) 35 21
Mem TD 3:18 Joseph Scates 14 yd pass from Seth Henigan (Chris Howard kick) 35 28
Team Stats
  UCF Memphis
First downs 24 27
  Rushing 9 7
  Passing 14 16
  Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Efficiency 7-15, 47% 9-14, 64%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 42-204 36-149
Passing Yards 223 284
Return Yards 62 63
Completions-Attempts-Int 23-29-1 26-39-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--18 0-0
Punts 4 2
Punts-Average 44.3 47.5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-66 3-25
Time of Possession 29:07 30:53
UCF Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Keene 22 28 219 3 1
I. Bowser 1 1 4 1 0
Memphis Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Henigan 26 39 284 1 2
UCF Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Harvey 17 151 8.9 1
I. Bowser 15 67 4.5 0
X. Townsend 1 5 5.0 0
R. O'Keefe 2 -3 -1.5 0
J. Richardson 1 -3 -3.0 0
M. Keene 5 -11 -2.2 0
Memphis Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Henigan 16 69 4.3 1
B. Thomas 8 33 4.1 1
J. Ducker 4 30 7.5 1
A. Martin 5 18 3.6 0
S. Smith 1 1 1.0 0
G. Rogers 1 -1 -1.0 0
E. Lewis 1 -1 -1.0 0
UCF Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Hudson 6 85 14.2 2
R. O'Keefe 10 75 7.5 0
J. Baker 3 38 12.7 1
A. Holler 2 14 7.0 0
R. Harvey 1 7 7.0 0
S. Martin 1 4 4.0 1
Memphis Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Prieskorn 5 76 15.2 0
E. Lewis 4 62 15.5 0
A. Martin 7 61 8.7 0
J. Scates 4 38 9.5 1
G. Rogers 5 34 6.8 0
J. Ivory 1 13 13.0 0
UCF Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Wilson 1 12
D. Brown 1 0
Memphis Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Ross 1 0
UCF Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. McCarthy 4 177 44.3
Memphis Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Doyle 2 95 47.5
UCF Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Townsend 2 21 10.5
Memphis Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Lewis 2 27 13.5
UCF Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. O'Keefe 1 16 16.0
X. Townsend 1 13 13.0
Memphis Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Ross 1 36 36.0
UCF Missed FG
Player Length
C. Boomer 64
Memphis Missed FG
Player Length
C. Howard 26
C. Howard 54




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