C-USA Championship Postgame Notes Tulsa vs UCF
Dec. 1, 2012
Tulsa won its second Conference USA Championship with a 33-27 defeat of UCF
Tulsa's 2012 C-USA title is its second overall and first since 2005
Watts was named the 2012 Conference USA Most Valuable Player.
Tulsa won its 10th game of the season. It is the ninth time in school history TU has won 10 games in a season. The previous seasons were: 1916 (10-0), 1920 (10-0-1), 1942 (10-1), 1982 (10-1), 1991 (10-2), 2007 (10-4), 2008 (11-3), 2010 (10-3).
Tulsa hosted the Conference USA Championship for the second time and played in the title game for the fourth time since joining the conference in 2005. Tulsa defeated UCF 44-27 in the inaugural championship game at Orlando (2005), lost to UCF 44-25 at Orlando (2007) and lost to East Carolina 27-24 in Tulsa (2008).
Tulsa and UCF are tied for the most C-USA Championship appearances with four each including three games against each other.
Tulsa is the smallest FBS school with 3,090 undergraduate students while UCF is the largest FBS school with 59,767 undergraduate students.
Tulsa won the toss and deferred to the second half. UCF elected to receive the opening kickoff. Tulsa elected to defend the south end zone.
At the 14:50 mark of the first quarter, redshirt freshman safety Michael Mudoh forced a fumble and recovered the ball on the opening kickoff. It marked his first career fumble caused and his first career fumble recovery.
At the 12:50 mark of the first quarter, Dexter McCoil recorded his 300th career tackle on a solo stop.
At the 9:28 mark of the first quarter, sophomore receiver Thomas Roberson scored a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Cody Green. It was Roberson's fourth touchdown of the season and sixth career touchdown.
At the 1:15 mark of the first quarter, senior linebacker DeAundre Brown recorded an assisted tackle for his 300th career tackle. He and McCoil became the third duo in Tulsa history to have 300 or more career tackles at the same time. The others were Robert Tennon and Don Blackmon (1980), and Nelson Coleman and Chris Chamberlain (2007).
Tulsa held UCF to zero points in the first quarter. It was the third time this season that Tulsa has held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter this season. The other two games were against Houston (November 10, 2012) and UCF (November 17, 2012).
At the 2:35 mark of the second quarter, senior tailback Alex Singleton scored his 40th career total touchdown on a seven-yard rush. Singleton surpassed Tarrion Adams (2005-08) for sole possession of the school record.
Tulsa closed out the first half with an 80-yard drive that lasted 1:10 and concluded with a two-yard rushing touchdown by junior tailback Ja'Terian Douglas as time expired. It was Douglas' seventh touchdown of the season and 14th of his career.
At the 4:23 mark of the third quarter, redshirt freshman Trent Martin blocked UCF kicker Shawn Moffitt's point-after-touchdown attempt. It was Martin's second blocked PAT this season and third for Tulsa this season. Martin blocked at PAT against Nicholls State (September 15, 2012) and Cory Dorris blocked a PAT against Fresno State (September 22, 2012).
At the 5:04 mark of the fourth quarter, junior tailback Trey Watts returned a punt 54 yards for his first career punt return for a touchdown.
At the 0:40 mark of the fourth quarter, Watts surpassed the career 2,000-yard rushing mark on a four-yard gain. Watts joins Douglas in the 2,000-yard rushing club. They become just the second Tulsa duo to have 2,000-yards rushing at the same time. The other teammates were Michael Gunter and Ken Lacy (1982).
The game ended in a 27-27 tie resulting in overtime. Tulsa won the coin toss. Tulsa elected to play defense first.
Tulsa's last overtime game was a 33-30 victory against Memphis at Chapman Stadium in 2009.
In overtime, Cory Dorris blocked UCF kicker Shawn Moffitt's 38-yard field goal attempt. It was his first blocked field of the season and third for his career.
Tulsa won the game on a one-yard touchdown run by Singleton. He finished the game with 100 yards on 25 carries. It was his second career 100-yard rushing game.
Tulsa is now 4-3 overall in overtime games.
Head coach Bill Blankenship now has 18 wins in his first two seasons at Tulsa. That is tied for second best in school history with Francis Schmidt (1919-20) and Henry Frnka (1941-42).
Watts finished the game with 134 yards on 25 carries. He now has five career 100-yard rushing games. Watts and Singleton became the first Tulsa duo to rush for 100 yards in the same game since Douglas and Watts accomplished the feat last season against Marshall (November 12, 2011).
Tulsa converted one-of-five fourth down attempts. Tulsa has attempted at least one fourth-down conversion in each of this season's 13 games. Tulsa has completed at least one fourth-down conversion in 10 of 13 games this season.
Singleton finished the game with two rushing touchdowns. He now has 132 points this season and surpassed Howard Twilley (1965) who previously held the record with 127 points.
Singleton now has 40 career rushing touchdowns. He surpassed Bryce Beall (Houston/2008-11) and Matt Forte (Tulane/2004-07) for sole possession of fifth on the C-USA all-time rushing touchdowns chart.
Singleton now has 41 career total touchdowns. He moved into a tie with Demarco McClesky (Cincinnati/1998, 2000-02) for 10th on the C-USA all-time total touchdowns chart.
Singleton now has 21 rushing touchdowns this season. He moved into a tie with Ahmad Bradshaw (Marshall/2006) for fourth on the C-USA single-season chart.
Tulsa recorded three quarterback sacks and now has 48 on the season. That total ranks fourth on the C-USA all-time season chart.
Senior defensive end Jared St. John had two sacks for 20 yards lost. He now has 11.5 sacks this season. St. John surpassed Sedric Clark (1995) and Dennis Byrd (1988) for third and second respectively on Tulsa's single-season chart. St. John is also now second on Tulsa's single-season sack yardage chart with 75 behind Salifu Abudulai (1996) and Sedric Clark (1995) who are tied for first with 76 yards.
Tulsa rushed for 290 yards on 69 carries. Tulsa now has 3,123 yards rushing this season. It is the ninth time that a Tulsa team has rushed for 3,000 or more yards in a season.
UCF and Tulsa were making a league-high fourth appearance in the Conference USA Championship Game.
With the 33-27 overtime loss, UCF fell to 2-2 overall and 1-2 vs. Tulsa in the league's title game.
It was the first overtime affair in Conference USA Championship Game history.
UCF's record this year dropped to 9-4, while Tulsa improved to 10-3.
The Knights will now go bowling for the fifth time since making their first bowl appearance in the 2005 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, as they will participate in the 2012 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. It will be UCF's second appearance at Tropicana Field as it fell to Rutgers in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl.
The UCF defense held Tulsa to just 1-of-5 on fourth downs.
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Captains for UCF were: senior running back Latavius Murray, senior center Jordan Rae and senior free safety Kemal Ishmael.
Murray completed the day 71 yards on the ground, pushing him over the 1,000-yard rushing barrier this year with 1,035. He became the seventh different player in UCF history to have at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
Murray's rushing TD gave him 36 for his career (third all-time) and 14 this season (tied for second in a single-season). He is now the first player in UCF history to have a rushing TD in eight-straight games. It is also the second-longest streak in the FBS this year.
Murray fumbles streak ended on his 17th carry of the game. It was at 259 prior to him putting the ball on the ground in the fourth quarter. However, Murray still has yet to lose a fumble in 386 totes.
Sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles went 14-of-32 for 194 yards and a pair of TDs. He now ranks sixth with 458 career completions at UCF and tied Steven Moffett (2005) for eighth in single-season passing touchdowns with 22.
Bortles had 60 rushing yards, just two yards shy of his career-high.
Sophomore linebacker Terrance Plummer intercepted his first-career pass Saturday. It was the first pick by a either a linebacker or a defensive lineman this year. UCF now has 11 interceptions this season.
Senior fullback Billy Giovanetti had a 21-yard reception in the first quarter, marking his longest-career catch. On the same drive, sophomore tight end Justin Tukes had a career-long 23-yard reception.
Making his 48th-straight start, Ishmael led all players in the game with 14 tackles. He moved up from fifth to third on the all-time tackles list at UCF with 360 stops for his career.
Wide receiver Breshad Perriman caught his third TD pass, tying for the fourth-most by a UCF true freshman WR in school history. He also had a career-long 39-yard reception in the third quarter.
For the third time this season at Tulsa, the Knights blocked a kick as DB A.J. Bouye came off the edge and got his hand on a PAT to keep the game tied at 27-all in the fourth quarter.
CONFERENCE USA NOTES
Tulsa's Trey Watts was named MVP. He rushed 25 times for 134 yards (5.4 avg.) and one touchdown and had a 54-yard punt return. Watts finished the game with 221 all-purpose yards.
Tulsa improves to 10-3 for the season, its fourth 10-win season in six years.
Tulsa is 2-2 in C-USA Championship Games, having won the title contests in 2012 and 2005, both against UCF.
Tulsa is 2-1 against UCF in the C-USA Championship Game.
The win gives Tulsa a 1-1 record in C-USA Championship Games at H.A. Chapman Stadium after dropping the title game, 27-24, to East Carolina in 2008.
Tulsa's PAT block during the third quarter was the second in C-USA Championship game history. East Carolina blocked a fourth quarter try by Houston's Matt Hogan in 2009.
Tulsa's win is the first for the West Division champion since 2006 (Houston 34, Southern Miss 20), improves the West's overall record to 3-5 during the Championship game and snaps a five-game win streak for East Division schools.
The first quarter touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Breshad Perriman was the first passing touchdown by UCF in a Championship game since its first score during the inaugural Championship game in 2005.
UCF RB Latavious Murray joins UCF's Kevin Smith and Tulsa's Tarrion Adams as the only players to score a touchdown during multiple Championship games.
UCF QB Blake Bortles' touchdown run during the third quarter was the first rushing touchdown by a quarterback in a Championship game since Houston's Kevin Kolb in 2006.
Individual Championship Records Broken and Tied
Today's game was the first overtime game in C-USA Championship Game history.
Trey Watts 54-yard punt return for a touchdown was the third-longest in Championship game history. The 54 punt return yards are the third-most in the title contest.
Tulsa's 69 rushing attempts were the most in Championship game history and its 290 rushing yards were the second-most. Tulsa's three rushing touchdowns tied for third-most in Championship game history. TU's 17 rushing first downs are a new C-USA record. UCF's 11 rushing first downs are tied for second.
Trey Watts of Tulsa rushed for 134 yards, the second-most in league title game history. UCF's Kevin Smith ran for 284 yards in 2007.
Tulsa's Alex Singleton scored two touchdowns to tie for third on the Championship game chart.
Tulsa's 94 total plays were the third-most in Championship game history.
UCF's Jamie Boyle punted eight times, setting a new Championship game high. His 319 punting yards also is a new high for the title game.
UCF allowed just 153 passing yards, the third-lowest total in Championship game history.
UCF's eight penalties are tied for the second-most in title game history.
C-USA Bowl Plan
Conference USA will have five teams playing in bowl games this season and the league has announced its lineup of games. Tulsa, UCF, East Carolina, Rice and SMU are the conference's bowl-eligible teams.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.: Tulsa vs. TBD Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 29, Fort Worth, Texas: Rice vs. Air Force Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Hawai'i: SMU vs. TBD R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22, New Orleans, La.: East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Beef `O' Brady's Bowl, Dec. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla.: UCF vs. TBD
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