The spotlight fell on quarterback Jeff Godfrey last Saturday against Buffalo, and the freshman delivered a performance that solidified his place as the Knights’ new starter.
Godfrey led the Knights (2-1) in their second straight fourth-quarter comeback, this time coming out on top 24-10 over the Bulls in Buffalo.
Godfrey got his first start of his college career Saturday, taking the first snap with the vigor he’d shown in his relief effort against N.C. State the week before.
Massive defensive plays by the Knights forced the ball back into UCF’s hands after the first drive of the game, and Godfrey took command, launching into a tirade of air and ground attacks that brought the Knights 54 yards over the course of seven minutes.
That drive would finally stall inside of field goal range, with Nick Cattoi kicking the Knights’ first score through the uprights.
The Bulls would answer with a field goal of their own early in the second quarter, and a UCF drive fizzled.
That’s when UCF’s defense stepped up to get the ball back. Bruce Miller, the Knight’s 248-pound defensive end, snatched an interception and ran back 30 yards for a touchdown. Defensive back Reggie Weams would also come up with an interception in the game, returning seven yards.
After the half, the Bulls came back again, marching 80 yards down the field to tie the game.
That’s when Godfrey and running back Ronnie Weaver went into overdrive, going on two long drives that ended with Weaver runs into the end zone.
Godfrey would net 130 yards in the air and 44 on the ground. Weaver led the team with 49 rushing yards.
At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the Knights will face Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. The Wildcats (3-0) have had a strong season so far, decimating UCLA, Missouri State and Iowa State to start the season, winning by a combined total of 106-66.