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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Junior quarterback Rob Calabrese, above center, ran for the Knights' first touchdown before falling to a knee injury, which could sideline him for the season.
Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 9 years ago

Knights trounce Marshall

Godfrey leads team to win
by: Isaac Babcock Managing Editor

For the second Wednesday in a row, the Knights trounced a C-USA rival, this time traveling to Marshall to hand the Thundering Herd its sixth straight loss to the Knights on Oct 13.

That came on a resounding 35-14 margin thanks to scrappy play from the Knights offense, and a surprise touchdown by the defense in what’s becoming a weekly routine.

But the game was hardly routine, held to a standstill for an hour and a half as a thunderstorm pelted the stadium. When it restarted, the Knights went straight back to dominating the Herd.

Quarterback Jeff Godfrey again helped lead the Knights, taking five successful drives downfield, racing into the end zone to complete two of them himself.

The Knights’ freshman phenom threw for 138 yards in the game and rushed for 33. His platooning teammate, junior quarterback Rob Calabrese, raced into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game, but then left the field in pain after a knee injury.

Godfrey and Calabrese had seemingly solidified a one-two offensive punch in the last two games, trading downs on the same drive to bring them to the end zone. The duo had combined forces on half a dozen touchdown drives in the past two games.

For the third time this season, UCF’s top rusher was not a quarterback, with running back Ronnie Weaver racing to a career high 151 yards in the game.

Meanwhile UCF’s defense again did an admirable job holding back their opponent’s offense, stalling Marshall to just 263 total yards and two touchdowns. Their defensive score came on an A.J. Bouye pick in the third quarter, only a minute after Godfrey had scored. Bouye raced 42 yards for the score.

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Knights (3-2, 2-0) kick off in their homecoming game against Rice. The Owls are 2-5 so far, coming off a 34-31 win over Houston. The last time the Knights played Rice on the same weekend last season, they blew them out 49-7.

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