State football roundupAssociated Press
Published September 30, 2007
ORLANDO - UCF relied on three touchdowns and a career-high 223 yards on 33 carries from running back Kevin Smith in the Knights' 37-19 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday night.
Smith, the nation's second-leading rusher at 178 yards a game, has six touchdowns in two games and 10 for the season. He left in the fourth quarter when he sustained an apparent right shoulder injury on his 33rd carry.
He also took sole possession for third-most career rushing touchdowns (26), passing former UCF quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Saturday was Smith's third game with 200 or more rushing yards.
Smith's first score was a 56-yard scamper on the Knights' second drive. He added a pair of 1-yard goal-line scores in the second quarter and has 713 yards this season. UCF's Augustus Ashley blocked a punt and returned it 19 yards to put the Knights up 30-6 with nine seconds remaining in the first half.
The Knights kept the Ragin' Cajuns out of the end zone in the first half. Louisiana-Lafayette had just two red zone drives in the first half and managed three field-goal attempts. Kicker Drew Edmiston made kicks of 26 and 22 yards but missed from 41.
Louisiana-Lafayette's Derrick Smith opened the third with an 86-yard kickoff return to the UCF 3-yard line. Marlin Miller gave the Ragin' Cajuns their first touchdown with a 3-yard run. Derrick Smith also had a 28-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
FAMU 18, Tennessee St. 17: Leon Camel scored on a 9-yard run in the third quarter to lift the Rattlers to victory over the Tigers in Atlanta. It was the sixth straight victory for the Rattlers over Tennessee State, with the past five games all going down to the end and being decided by six points or fewer. Playing on a neutral field in the Georgia Dome, Florida A&M freshman Qier Hall returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Camel scored later to give the Rattlers an 18-14 lead. Tennessee State cut the lead to one on Eric Benson's 19-yard field goal early in the fourth. The Tigers had a chance to win, but Benson missed a 27-yard field goal wide left with four seconds remaining.
Morgan St. 33, B-CU 9: Byron Selby passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the visiting Bears defeated the Wildcats. Bethune-Cookman suffered five turnovers, including four interceptions, and managed a season-low 148 yards. Selby's 3-yard run with 4:41 to go in the third quarter broke a 9-9 halftime tie. His second TD pass, an 18-yarder to Robert Surratt, came with 15 seconds left in the third quarter. James Meade added a 21-yard field goal for Morgan State with 9:55 remaining, and Devan James finished the scoring with a 65-yard TD run with 4:17 left. Bethune-Cookman opened the scoring off a blocked punt, which James Monds returned 24 yards for a touchdown.
Davidson 20, Jacksonville 10: Kenny Mantuo rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to lead the visiting Wildcats over the Dolphins. Mantuo finished with 135 yards on the ground, the majority of which came in the second half. Davidson needed just 35 seconds to score after halftime as Ryan Alexander connected with Kirk Konert from 29 yards out on the second play of the third quarter. Mantuo had 14 carries for 96 yards in the fourth quarter. His 3-yard run early in the fourth gave Davidson its first lead at 14-10. He then went 37 yards for the final score, capping an 80-yard drive for the Wildcats.