September 4, 2007

Knights look to build on momentum

The week before the NC State game, Kevin Smith said the outcome could determine the type of season in store for UCF. The Knights still have some work to do, but things look promising after the 25-23 win in Raleigh.

UCF jumped out early after Smith ran 80 yards for a touchdown in the game's opening play. If that wasn't enough to quiet the crowd, freshman linebacker Lawrence Young's interception of NC State quarterback Daniel Evans a few plays later, and the Bruce Miller sack that later resulted in a safety, certainly did.

"(Smith's touchdown run) was a great way to quiet the crowd down," head coach George O'Leary said. "I saw the block made right down on the sidelines and they had the angle on him, but he turned it on there. It was a heck of a run. He's a good running back, he really is."

UCF was clearly on their way with a 25-3 halftime lead, but NC State began to catch up in the second half as they made their rally. The Knights' offense, which gained 269 yards and 11 first downs in the first half, had five straight three-and-outs to begin the second half. UCF added only 38 more yards in the final two quarters.

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