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SMU vs. UCF: Mustangs rolled in Orlando

SMU got a wake-up call about their place in the C-USA hierarchy on Saturday, as they were beaten easily in a 42-17 loss to the Knights.

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SMU vs. UCF final: Mustangs lose 42-17

UCF used a strong second-half performance to pull away from SMU on Saturday night, beating the Mustangs 42-17 at BH Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The Knights took a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter following Latavius Murray's first touchdown of the game when the running back took the ball 23 yards for a touchdown. After a Garret Gilbert 4-yard rushing touchdown would bring the Mustangs to within 14-10, Murray's 20-yard scoring scamper gave the Knights a 21-10 lead heading into the second half.

The third quarter would be dominated by UCF, with SMU managing just eight yards of offense thanks to miscues and penalties. The Knights would take advantage, further extending the lead when Jeff Godfrey's 28-yard touchdown pass to Murray gave UCF a commanding 35-10 lead. Blake Bortles' 18-yard touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman would put the game away midway through the fourth quarter.

Gilbert was 16-of-29 for 133 yards and no touchdowns in the game, with SMU managing just 259 yards of total offense in the game.

Box Score Hero: UCF running back Latavius Murray scored three times in the game, rushing for two touchdowns and 155 yards on 23 carries while also catching two balls for 41 yards and a touchdown.

But Did They Cover? The Knights easily covered the 9.5-point spread.

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Next Week's Schedule: SMU will face Southern Miss on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. ET, while UCF takes on UTWP at 7 p.m. ET.

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Knights extend lead to 35-10 after 3 quarters

The SMU Mustangs trail the Central Florida Knights, 35-10, after three quarters on Saturday night at BH Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The Knights led 21-10 after halftime thanks to a strong second quarter performance that including two Latavius Murray touchdown runs of 23 and 20 yards, respectively. UCF then opened the second half with a short field after Rannel Hall's 39-yard kickoff return, with the 55-yard drive that was capped by a 10-yard touchdown run by Blake Bortles.

The SMU offense sputtered in the third quarter, gaining just nine yards total across two drives that included several penalties that pushed the team backwards. The Knights took advantage, adding another touchdown late in the quarter after Murray caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Godfrey.

Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert, after what had been several strong games in a row, has struggled against the Knights offense. The transfer from Austin is just 10-of-22 in the game for 89 yards and no touchdowns.

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Knights quarterback Blake Bortles will face SMU after getting his first snaps against them last year.

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O'Leary still known for Notre Dame debacle

George O'Leary, best known for a brief stay at Notre Dame, and the UCF Knights host SMU on Saturday.

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