October 30, 2006

Offense starting to click

If there's a bright spot these last few weeks for UCF it's been the continued improvement of the offense. Running back Kevin Smith has rushed for more than 100 yards in all of UCF's Conference USA games, including 163 yards this past weekend at Houston, and the passing game is doing a better job of spreading the ball around to different receivers.

"I think Kevin is a very good football player," said UCF head coach George O'Leary. "Every game he's going to get carries and get some yardage, usually positive yardage. He's a lot more involved in the passing game now too."

Smith was the the Golden Knights' second leading receiver vs. Houston with four catches for 36 yards, including a long of 26. Mike Walker, who had six receptions for 119 yards against the Cougars, continues to be among the NCAA's leaders. Javid James and Rocky Ross had three catches apiece, while Willie Thornton and Corey Rabazinski each had one reception.

Quarterback Kyle Israel received his second start of the season at Houston, but Steven Moffett did see action in the first half. Israel completed nine of 18 passes for 207 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while Moffett was 9-of-13 for 75 yards with one pick.

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