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Week 2 - Boston College at UCF
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at UCF 30 … Boston College 3
CFN Analysis: COMING
(AP) ORLANDO, Fla. -- Central Florida used a trio of fourth quarter touchdowns and three field goals from kicker Nick Cattoi to run past Boston College 30-3 on Saturday night.
The Knights defense was stingy against the Eagles, holding them to just 141 total yards. Boston College was only 1 of 12 on third down as quarterback Chase Rettig was sacked three times and intercepted twice.
UCF's Jeff Godfrey was active with both his hands and feet, completing 20 of 25 passes for 187 yards and rushing 13 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Latavius Murray carried 10 times for 72 yards and a score.
Rettig finished 10 of 23 passing for 70 yards. Andre Williams, who racked up 122 yards and two touchdowns last week against Northwestern, had only 59 yards 12 carries Saturday.
The win gives the Knights their first 2-0 start since 1998 and improves to 2-12 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
UCF clung to a 9-3 lead throughout the third quarter until Godfrey completed back-to-back passes of 17 and 28 yards in the final minute of the period to get the Knights inside the 5.
Godfrey snuck in from 1-yard out two plays later to put the Knights up 16-3 with 14:51 left in the game.
Rettig was then picked off by A.J. Bouye on the Eagles' ensuing possession, giving the ball right back to the Knights on the Boston College 49.
UCF's offense picked up where it left off, needing only six plays to get back into the end zone -- this time via a 1-yard plunge by Murray -- to extend its lead to 23-3 with 9:30 left.
Murray had four carries for 38 yards during the drive, including a 19-yard scamper.
Godfrey added one more 4-yard touchdown rush to provide the final margin.
UCF dominated the time of possession in the first half and took at 9-3 lead into the locker room.
The Knights had the ball for 19:52, compared to 10:08 for the Eagles. Boston College had just four possessions in the half, punting on their final three.
UCF didn't get in the end zone, but did put its extra time to use. The Knights were aggressive from the start, mixing 13 passes into their 37 total plays for the half. The Knights also racked up 100 rushing yards, led by Godfrey's 46 yards on nine carries.
Meanwhile, Cattoi made all three of his field goals from 36, 35 and 32 yards away.
UCF's defense also kept Williams at bay in the opening 30 minutes. His first touch of the night went for 16 yards, but his final seven carries of the half netted just 27 yards.
Boston College did get few big plays, but managed only four first downs and 41 rushing yards. Rettig was also a paltry 3 for 8 for 27 yards through the air. He was also sacked twice deep in Eagles' territory to set up a Knights' score.
The Eagles' biggest bright spot of the half came on the defensive side, with linebacker Luke Kuechly posting 10 tackles.
Both teams traded field goals in quickly played first quarter.
Boston College got on the scoreboard first via a 47-yard field goal by Nate Freese. The drive nearly stalled on the UCF 33-yardline, but was kept alive by a fourth down pass play by Rettig to Bobby Swigert.
UCF then answered with a 36-yard boot by Cattoi, capping a 15-play, 49-yard drive that took more than seven minutes.
UCF goes on the road next week against Florida International. Boston College returns home to open ACC play against Duke.
Boston College (0-1) at UCF (0-1) Sept. 10, 8:00, CBS Sports Network
Here's The Deal … Boston College is comfortably established as a member of an AQ conference. UCF wants to join the Eagles as soon as possible. The surging Knights, winners of their last five games, get a rare chance to step up in weight class in front of its own BrightHouse Networks Stadium home crowd. This is a big deal for George O'Leary's program, which upset Georgia in the 2010 Liberty Bowl, opened 2011 with a 62-0 dismantling of Charleston Southern and seems to breaking new barriers on a regular basis.
The situation on the Heights is not quite as cheery. After losing at home to Northwestern, which was without star QB Dan Persa, Boston College is staring down the barrel of its first 0-2 start since 1994. If the Eagles can't get right in September, it's liable to be doomed by a second-half schedule that's wicked tough.
Why Boston College Might Win: Just because UCF blanked the Buccaneers doesn't mean it answered all of its defensive questions, especially on the front seven. The Eagles should be able to run the ball with Andre Williams, who has filled in nicely for Montel Harris from as far back as last November. He can also expect more support from second-year QB Chase Rettig, who opened the year by throwing for 375 yards. All of a sudden, Boston College features an impressive receiving corps now that Colin Larmond has returned from last year's season-long injury. The junior, combined with Ifeanyi Momah, Bobby Swigert and TE Chris Pantale, allows the offense to stretch the field more than it has in recent years.
Why UCF Might Win: Northwestern exposed a crack in Boston College's run defense last week. The Knights plan to bust it wide-open. Sure, Eagles LB Luke Kuechly is a tackling machine, but he didn't get enough help as the Wildcats churned out 227 yards and three scores on the ground. UCF plans to counter with shifty QB Jeff Godfrey and his ensemble of runners, Ronnie Weaver, Brynn Harvey and Latavius Murray. In the battle of the sophomore quarterbacks, Godfrey has the upper hand, developing quickly and impressively. Although the Eagles have more offensive pop than in 2010, it'll labor to keep up once the Knights start steadily spitting out 10-play drives.
What To Watch Out For: Because there are so many fresh faces, UCF is going to be an interesting bunch on defense in the first half of the season. Sure, it's never easy replacing the likes of DE Bruce Miller and LB Derrick Hallman, but O'Leary appears to be adapting on the fly. Through cagey recruiting and incessant player development, the Knights are aiming for minimal drop-off from 2010. Since there isn't a ton of film on the likes of DE Troy Davis, DT E.J. Dunston or LB Jonathan Davis, Boston College is about to get a crash course on UCF's next generation of defensive playmakers.
What Will Happen: Think South Florida over Notre Dame: The sequel. Fueled by better overall athletes and the passion for a statement win, UCF is set to hand Boston College a painful defeat. The Knights haven't had any success hosting name brand programs, but that trend changes this weekend. Godfrey will put on show by remaining one step quicker than a methodical Eagles D. After spreading the ball around to extend drives, he'll tuck it and run for six near the red zone. Primed for an important win, the Knights will not let this game slip away.
CFN Prediction: UCF 30 … Boston College 21
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