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C-USA Standings East Division Teams UCF East Carolina Marshall Memphis UAB Southern Miss

C-USA W-L 7-1 7-1 4-4 4-4 2-6 0-8

Overall W-L 9-4 8-4 5-7 4-8 3-9 0-12

West Division Teams Tulsa SMU Rice Houston UTEP Tulane

C-USA W-L 7-1 5-3 4-4 4-4 2-6 2-6

Overall W-L 10-3 6-6 6-6 5-7 3-9 2-10

C-USA BOWL SCHEDULE Friday, Dec. 21 - Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl UCF vs. Ball State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN Saturday, Dec. 22 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl East Carolina vs. UL-Lafayette, 12 p.m., ESPN Monday, Dec. 24 - Sheraton Hawaii Bowl SMU vs. Fresno State, 8 p.m., ESPN Saturday, Dec. 29 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Rice vs. Air Force, 11:45 a.m., ESPN Monday, Dec. 31 - AutoZone Liberty Bowl Tulsa vs. Iowa State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Compliance Info The UCF football program is on probation until Feb. 9, 2017, for NCAA violations involving the impermissible recruiting activity of outside third parties, impermissible benefits to prospective student-athletes, an impermissible recruiting inducement, unethical conduct, failure to monitor and lack of institutional control. The penalties include: public reprimand and censure; five years of probation through Feb. 9, 2017; limit of 20 initial scholarships per year and 80 total scholarships each year for three years; two less coaches permitted to recruit off-campus at any one time for two years; reduction in the available number of recruiting evaluation days for two years; reduction in the number of paid official visits for prospects for two years. In response to the infractions, the institution has increased its compliance staff, as well as its compliance educational and monitoring efforts. A greater emphasis has been placed on educating coaches, staff and fans on the rules and regulations concerning representatives of athletics interests and third party representatives. UCF has instituted the use of compliance and recruiting software for all athletics programs. In addition, the compliance office now shares a dualreporting structure to the Vice President and Director of Athletics and the University’s Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer. UCF will continue its efforts of promoting a culture of compliance throughout the university and becoming a national model for athletics compliance. 10

Defense Notes THREE FIGURES • Three different Knights have amassed at least 100 tackles this year: Kemal Ishmael (116), Clayton Geathers (107) and Terrance Plummer (102). • The 2003 Knights were the last UCF team to have three players with triple-figure tackles. • This season, Jonathan Davis (94) and Ray Shipman (91) also have more than 90 tackles. • The only other campaign where UCF had five players with 90 tackles or more was in 1987, which also was the only time the Knights had four student-athletes with at least 100 tackles. TACKLES ADDING UP • In the C-USA Championship Game at Tulsa, a total of six different Knights finished with 10 tackles or more, led by safeties Kemal Ishmael and Clayton Geathers who each had 14 tackles. • UCF had not witnessed that many players with double-digit tackles in a game since Oct. 19, 2002, vs. Toledo, when seven Knights had at least 10 takedowns. • Senior linebackers Jonathan Davis and Ray Shipman set career-highs with 17 and 15 tackles, respectively, at Tulsa Nov. 17. • It was the first time that two Knights had at least 15 tackles in a game since linebackers Stanford Rhule amassed 20 and Chad Mascoe collected 15 in that contest with Toledo in 2002. SIMPLY THE BEST - KEMAL ISHMAEL • Ranking third all-time at UCF with 360 career tackles and first among UCF defensive backs, senior free safety Kemal Ishmael was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches. • He leads the team in tackles for the third-straight year with a personal-best 116, and ranks tied for first in C-USA with three fumble recoveries as well as tied for fifth with three interceptions. • His 116 tackles are the most by a Knight since Stanford Rhule had 127 in 2002. Ishmael needs five more tackles to place in the UCF single-season top 10. • If he finishes with the team lead again, Ishmael would become just the third player in UCF history to lead the Knights in tackles three times (Bill Giovanetti did it in 1979, 1980 and 1982, while Rick Hamilton accomplished it each year from 1990-92). • On his final snap at Bright House Networks Stadium, Ishmael notched his first-career sack in the win over UAB. He also produced one of the top moments in stadium history when he intercepted a pass in double overtime to seal the victory against Southern Miss. • Ishmael has started 48-straight games since his true freshman campaign in 2009.

LB Ray Shipman

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl - Dec. 21, 2012

DB A.J. Bouye • Longest FBS active streaks of consecutive starts: Player, Position School Starts T1) T.J. Johnson, OL South Carolina 52 T1) Chris Barker, OL Nevada 52 3) Scott Vallone, DT Rutgers 50 T4) Will Pericak, DE Colorado 49 T4) Kawann Short, DL Purdue 49 T6) Kemal Ishmael, DB UCF 48 T6) Brad Bednar, OL Miami (Ohio) 48 T6) Dalton Freeman, OL Clemson 48 T9) Manti Te’o, LB Notre Dame 47 T9) Jonathan Cooper, OL North Carolina 47 DEFENSIVE BACKS ENTER THE RECORD BOOKS • In back-to-back weeks, cornerback A.J. Bouye had a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown at Tulsa and safety Lyle Dankenbring ran back a 78-yard interception for six points vs. UAB. • Longest INT returns by a Knight: Player Opponent Yards 1) Jordan Ozerities Tulane, 11/20/10 100 (TD) 2) Rick Hamilton W. Ill., 9/26/92 97 (TD) 3) Ray Irvin B-CU, 9/15/90 95 (TD) 4) Donnell Washington N. Mex., 9/14/96 80 (TD) 5) Lyle Dankenbring UAB, 11/24/12 78 (TD) 6) A.J. Bouye Tulsa, 11/17/12 76 (TD) • It is the first time in school history UCF had two interception returns for touchdowns that went at least 50 yards in the same season. • Bouye, who had a 79-yard fumble return for six points at Memphis, is one of only three UCF players to record an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the same season (Donnell Washington in 1996 and Jerry Nemethy in 1981). FACING FOURTH DOWNS • Opponents are 12-for-31 (39 percent) on fourth downs this year vs. the UCF defense. • Akron, UAB and Tulsa in the C-USA Championship went for it on fourth down five times, as the Golden Hurricane were just 1-for-5 in those attempts. • Only San Diego State has had opponents go for it on fourth down on more occasions.

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2012 UCF Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Guide  

Official media guide for the Knights' trip to St. Petersburg for their fifth bowl game in the last eight seasons.

2012 UCF Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Guide  

Official media guide for the Knights' trip to St. Petersburg for their fifth bowl game in the last eight seasons.

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