By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2010 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 5, 2010) The Houston Cougars will try to improve on their 4-1 conference record University of Central Florida Knights on a rare Friday evening game at Robertson Stadium in Houston.
The Cougars, who are 5-3 on the season, will be facing a tough UCF Knights team that is 6-2 for the season while posting a 4-0 conference record.
The teams have faced each other on three previous occasions, with the Knights leading the series 2-1.
In last year’s game, the Knights beat the Cougars 37-32 in Orlando.
This year’s game takes on an additional significance as the Cougars lead the C-USA West standings while UCF lead the East.
The Cougars will be led by true freshman quarterback David Piland and junior running back Bryce Beall.
Beall broke the school career record for rushing touchdowns with 32, topping Jackie Battle’s 31 scored from 2003-06. He also has 12 rushing touchdowns for the season which is three away from the school single-season record of 15.
The Knights are also led by a true freshman.
Jeff Godfrey owns a 137.77 passer efficiency rating , which is the highest in the nation among all true freshman quarterbacks.
Houston’s Piland carries a 137.18 rating.
The Cougars defense will have to find a way to stop the highly efficient Knight offense which has scored at least 35 points in each of their last four games and surrounded an average of 391 yards a game.
The Knights excel in their ground game, and if the Cougars are going to stop the Knight’s rushing game, they must improve on giving up an average of 194 yards on the ground to their opponents.
The game could also determine who gets home field advantage for the C-USA Championship Game on December 4.
The Cougars-Knights game is set for a 7:00pm kickoff in Houston and will be televised on ESPN2.