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UCF Bowl History 2010 AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL

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December 31, 2010 MEMPHIS, Tenn. LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A UCF football program clearly on the rise as a powerhouse to be reckoned with nationally registered a landmark victory in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, beating Southeastern Conference power Georgia while registering the school’s first-ever bowl victory. When UCF sophomore safety Kemal Ishmael batted down a Hail Mary pass that seemed to hang in the air forever, it preserved No. 24 UCF’s 10-6 defeat of Georgia and set off a wild celebration among the 8,000 Knights’ fans who roared with noise inside the Liberty Bowl. Doing something for a first time is never easy, and this first-ever bowl victory for UCF went down to the final seconds. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray heaved a pass into the end zone for 6-foot-4 superstar wide out A.J. Green, but Ishmael was there to make the game-saving play that is sure to live in the history of the program for years to come. Sophomore tailback Latavius Murray, the game’s Outstanding Offensive Player and the MVP, scored on a 10-yard run with 9:01 to play to put the Knights ahead 10-6. And a defense that was dominant a couple of weeks ago in the Conference USA title game made it stand up. They held a Georgia offense that came in averaging 34.3 points a game to just two field goals and no touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey capped a stellar first season on campus, helping the program win a C-USA title and the school’s first bowl game. He completed 16 of 29 passes for 117 yards. Georgia drove 61 yards on the first drive of the second half, but again had to settle for a Blair Walsh 42-yard field goal when the Knights got crucial pass break-ups from Ishmael and senior cornerback Justin Boddie. That 6-3 Georgia Bulldog lead would be its final advantage of the game because they couldn’t score against UCF’s gritty defense. UCF appeared to have scored first for the 13th time in 14 games when Quincy McDuffie took the opening kickoff back 98 yards. McDuffie, one of only nine players in the nation to return two kicks for touchdowns, hit a seam and sprinted for an apparent touchdown. However, the return was negated by a holding penalty on UCF special teams ace Ronnie Weaver. Georgia’s first drive started at the 2-yard line following a 56-yard boot by UCF senior punter Blake Clingan, but the Bulldogs proceeded to march 95 yards in the next 15 plays. But the Knights stiffened up near the goal line, forcing Georgia to settle for a field goal that put the `Dogs up 3-0, and the Knights tied the game up 3-3 just before the half.

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1st 2:02 UGA Walsh 20 field goal 2nd 0:33 UCF Cattoi 22 field goal 3rd 9:23 UGA Walsh 41 field goal 4th 9:01 UCF Murray 10 run (Cattoi kick) UGA UCF First Downs 19 16 Rushes-Yds 32-82 30-124 Passing Yds 198 117 Passes Comp.-Att.-Int. 21-38-2 16-30-2 Total Offense Plays-Yds 70-280 60-241 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 1-18 3-10 Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-38 2-35 INT Returns-Yards 2-9 2-35 Punts (Number-Avg) 5-42.6 6-41.7 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 5-35 3-30 RUSHING: Georgia-Washaun Ealey 16-60; Carlton Thomas 4-18; Aaron Murray 12-4. UCF-Latavius Murray 18-104; Jeff Godfrey 10-20; Jamar Newsome 1-0; Ronnie Weaver 1-0. PASSING: Georgia-Aaron Murray 21-38-2-198. UCF-Jeff Godfrey 16-29-2-117; TEAM 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Georgia-A.J. Green 8-77; Tavarres King 4-33; Kris Durham 3-47; Orson Charles 2-19; Marlon Brown 1-8; Bruce Figgins 1-8; F. Munzenmaier 1-6; Carlton Thomas 1-0. UCF-Brian Watters 6-57; Jamar Newsome 3-19; Kamar Aiken 3-15; Adam Nissley 2-7; Khymest Williams 1-13; Quincy McDuffie 1-6. INTERCEPTIONS: Georgia-Brandon Boykin 1-16; Branden Smith 1-minus 7. UCFReggie Weams 1-22; Josh Linam 1-13. FUMBLES: Georgia-Aaron Murray 1-0. UCF-None. Stadium: Liberty Bowl Attendance: 51,231

AutoZone Liberty Bowl MVP Latavius Murray celebrates after scoring the game’s only touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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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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