ORLANDO -- UCF kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to claim a 10-0 lead at intermission.
The combined 10 points for one half are the lowest in the history of the Conference USA Championship Game, easily beating out the 30 scored in the 2006 game.
UCF ended the half with a 13-play, 68-yard drive that took 1:58 to get the field goal. But it could have been worse for SMU. The Knights had the ball at the SMU 3-yard line, but a personal foul penalty on UCF WR Kamar Aiken pushed the ball back 15 yards and put UCF in a third-and-long situation. (On the same play that the flag was thrown, a pass from Jeff Godfrey hit SMU's Chris Banjo between the numbers as he stood in the end zone, but he wasn't expecting it and couldn't get the interception).
UCF scored on its first posession, a 73-yard, 13-play drive that took 7:28 to take a 7-0 lead. That score didn't change despite some long drives by both teams. SMU missed a 47-yard field goal as Matt Szymanski's kick was short (and wide).
SMU has had some chances, but Kyle Padron has overthrown a few deep passes and the Mustangs have been stopped just out of field goal range.
UCF controlled time of possession in the first quarter, but SMU controlled it in the second. We are certainly set up for an entertaining second half to decide which of these teams goes to the Liberty Bowl to likely face Georgia.