ORLANDO, Fla. -- UCF leads SMU 7-0 early in the Conference USA title game, and the Knights have done it by mastering time of possession.
The Knights held the ball for over 13 minutes in the first quarter and ran 23 offensive plays for 100 total yards. Seventeen of those have been rushes, primarily from quarterback Jeff Godfrey and running back Latavius Murray. The ground game has allowed the Knights to chew up the clock and keyed their first scoring drive. Murray has been effective running into the teeth of the SMU defense, and Godfrey has shown why his scrambling ability makes him so tough to stop.
Meanwhile, SMU came out throwing despite having the leading rusher in the conference, Zach Line. Kyle Padron was 1-of-4 in the first quarter, but two receivers had drops. Line had just one carry. One injury to note: SMU linebacker Youri Yenga left the game early after injuring his leg attempting to chase down Godfrey. He is third on the team in tackles.