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Central Florida 41, Southern Methodist 19

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. - John Rhys Plumlee threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the second half to Ryan O'Keefe, and UCF scored 31 unanswered points to beat SMU 41-19 in a game postponed because of tropical weather.

UCF trailed 13-10 at halftime before scoring four touchdowns in the second half.

O'Keefe made a diving catch in the end zone on a 26-yard throw to extend UCF's lead to 24-13 with 3:07 left in the third quarter. O'Keefe added a 58-yard touchdown early in the fourth on a shuffle-pass jet sweep.

O'Keefe finished with six catches for 117 yards and two scores, and Javon Baker added 138 yards receiving for UCF (4-1, 1-0 American Athletic Conference). Isaiah Bowser had three short touchdown runs.

The UCF defense made three keys plays. Jason Johnson recovered a fumble on SMU's first possession of the game, Divaad Wilson made an interception to end the first half and Tre'mon Morris-Brash sacked Tanner Mordecai in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter.

Mordecai was 28 of 45 for 295 yards with one interception for SMU (2-3, 0-1). Rashee Rice, who entered leading the nation in receiving yards per game at 141.2, had 12 catches for 122 yards.

The game was rescheduled twice due to Hurricane Ian. It was initially scheduled to be played Saturday at UCF's on-campus stadium before shifting to Sunday.

COACHING CONNECTION

UCF coach Gus Malzahn guided new SMU coach Rhett Lashlee in high school at Shiloh Christian in Arkansas from 1999-01. Lashlee also served as an offensive coordinator at Auburn under Malzahn.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SMUUCF
UCF FG 10:02 Colton Boomer 41 yard field goal 0 3
SMU TD 7:27 Velton Gardner 39 yard TD run (Collin Rogers Extra Point) 7 3
Second Quarter SMUUCF
SMU FG 13:44 Collin Rogers 32 yard field goal 10 3
UCF TD 5:49 Isaiah Bowser 1 yard TD run (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 10 10
SMU FG 3:24 Collin Rogers 24 yard field goal 13 10
Third Quarter SMUUCF
UCF TD 13:14 Isaiah Bowser 1 yard TD run (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 13 17
UCF TD 3:07 Ryan O'Keefe 26 yard TD pass from John Rhys Plumlee (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 13 24
Fourth Quarter SMUUCF
UCF SF 12:41 Tre'mon Morris-Brash Safety 13 26
UCF TD 11:51 Ryan O'Keefe 58 yard TD pass from John Rhys Plumlee (Kobe Hudson 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 13 34
UCF TD 5:27 Isaiah Bowser 3 yard TD run (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 13 41
Team Stats
  SMU UCF
First downs 27 20
  Rushing 5 8
  Passing 17 11
  Penalty 5 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-15, 20% 5-14, 36%
4th down efficiency 2-5, 40% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 29-112 40-160
Passing Yards 361 324
Return Yards 0 90
Completions-Attempts-Int 33-54-1 22-31-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-6 1-2
Punts 4 7
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-34 8-80
SMU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Mordecai 28 45 295 0 1
P. Stone 5 9 66 0 0
UCF Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Plumlee 20 29 316 2 0
T. Castellanos 1 1 8 0 0
I. Bowser 1 1 0 0 0
SMU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
V. Gardner 12 69 5.8 1
T. Siggers 10 29 2.9 0
P. Stone 2 10 5.0 0
C. Wheaton 1 7 7.0 0
T. Mordecai 4 -3 -0.8 0
UCF Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Harvey 7 69 9.9 0
I. Bowser 15 62 4.1 3
J. Plumlee 11 27 2.5 0
J. Richardson 3 12 4.0 0
T. Castellanos 1 2 2.0 0
R. O'Keefe 2 -1 -0.5 0
SMU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Rice 12 122 10.2 0
A. Upshaw 3 51 17.0 0
B. Redding 4 35 8.8 0
M. Dixon 2 35 17.5 0
B. Corrales 3 31 10.3 0
N. Matthews-Harris 2 28 14.0 0
C. Wheaton 2 24 12.0 0
R. Maryland 2 13 6.5 0
T. Siggers 1 9 9.0 0
D. Goffney 1 7 7.0 0
T. Knox 1 6 6.0 0
UCF Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Baker 6 138 23.0 0
R. O'Keefe 6 117 19.5 2
K. Hudson 3 53 17.7 0
A. Holler 3 8 2.7 0
X. Townsend 1 8 8.0 0
K. Gamble 1 5 5.0 0
T. Coles 1 0 0.0
0
J. Richardson 1 -5 -5.0 0
SMU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UCF Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Wilson 1 0
SMU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Bujcevski 4 178 44.5
UCF Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. McCarthy 6 243 40.5
A. Osteen 1 40 40.0
SMU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Dixon 1 0 0
UCF Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Townsend 3 20 6.7
SMU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UCF Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. O'Keefe 3 70 23.3
SMU Missed FG
Player Length
UCF Missed FG
Player Length




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