WVSU On Demand
September 9, 2009
Bulldogs Take Lead Over UCF, Fall In Last Quarter
Samford's football team held a three-point lead in the fourth quarter against the University of Central Florida in Orlando Sept. 5, but UCF managed a touchdown and extra point for a final 28-24 victory.
"I don't know when I've been around a group that laid more on the line," Samford head coach Pat Sullivan said. "We've got a lot of full grown men, who laid their guts on the line against a good Central Florida team. Our guys did what we asked them to do and that was create turnovers and not turn the ball over."
The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first quarter. UCF had a chance to score late in the quarter, but Jamie Boyle missed a 36-yard field goal with 59 seconds to go in the opening quarter.
After Samford's Ty Levie recovered a fumble in the end zone early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs went on an eight-play, 80-yard drive over the next 3:51. The drive was capped by a 29-yard touchdown pass from Taliaferro to Hawkins with 10:23 to go in the first quarter. Cameron Yaw added the extra point to give Samford a 7-0 lead.
UCF got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter when Harvey scored on a one-yard run with 57 seconds to go in the period. Boyle added the extra point to second the teams to halftime tied, 7-7.
UCF opened the second half with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Quincy McDuffie. Boyle missed the PAT, and the Knights held a 13-7 lead with 14:48 to go in the third quarter.
Samford answered when Taliaferro handed the ball off to Richie Fordham, and Fordham hit Hawkins on a 67-yard touchdown. Yaw's PAT gave Samford a 14-13 lead with 14:08 to go in the third quarter.
On the next possession, Anderson intercepted a pass by UCF's Hodges and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown. Yaw added the PAT to give Samford a 21-13 lead with 13:12 left in the third quarter.
UCF answered when Harvey scored on a one-yard run with 7:40 to go in the third quarter. Hodges hit Harvey for the two-point conversion to tie the score at 21-21. Samford regained the lead when Yaw kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:57 to go in the third quarter. The freshman's first career field goal gave the Bulldogs a 24-21 lead.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, UCF's Boyle attempted a 33-yard field goal to tie the game, but Samford's John Michael Clay got a hand on the kick to preserve Samford's three-point lead.
UCF's Hodges hit Jamar Newsome for a nine-yard touchdown pass to give UCF the lead with 10:53 to go in the fourth quarter. Nick Cattoi added the extra point to give the Knights a 28-24 lead.
Samford will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 12, when the Bulldogs play host to the Jacksonville University Dolphins. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Seibert Stadium.