Run and Shoot: Texas At The Half

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Texas At The Half

ORLANDO - On the biggest day in UCF football history, the God's haven't been smiling in their favor.

UCF has played step for step with Texas the entire half, but the score stands at 20-10 Longhorns because of one bad Kyle Israel pass.

That pass was intercepted by Brandon Foster and brought to the house for a touchdown to make the score 17-10 Texas.

The Knights, however, had a few scoring opportunities in the second quarter that they squandered.

After a Jamaal Charles fumble on the UCF two yard line was recovered by the Knight's RT Keith Schlogan, it looked like UCF had avoided the best scoring drive of the game by Texas.

But one play later, UCF gave the ball right back when they fumbled it on the 12 as Brandon Foster came up with the ball off a big force from Marcus Griffin.

Of course, after UCF senior Rex Hill picked up his first career sack of McCoy on the 12, Texas had to settle for a field goal. And they missed the chippy.

Needless to say, it was a sloppily played first half, as after the mixed field goal there was also a UCF shanked punt and a near Texas interception that seemed to only be dropped when the DB got spooked by a big bolt of lightning.

And it isn't like Texas was moving through UCF like water. They scored on a defensive play. The Knights could very well be a lot closer than the 20-10 score. Of course, with that said, Texas could also easily be winning by a larger margin.

The bottom line is, Texas looks like the better team, but we all knew that coming in.

McCoy is having a very solid game for the 'Horns, passing for 157 yards on 21-of-28 with a TD. On the other end of the spectrum, UCF's QB Kyle Israel is having an abysmal game, going 3-for-14 for 62 yards and an interception.

Kevin Smith started slow for the Knights, but ended the half with 12 rushes for 41 yards and a TD. Jamaal Charles has 12 rushes for 53 yards and a long of 27 for the 'Horns.

As I said at the beginning of the game, UCF seems like they might be able to throw on Texas, but Israel is just telegraphing his passes and Texas is stepping in front and making the play.

If UCF doesn't make some changes in the second half, this one is going to get ugly. The weather is already ugly.

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