ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida used a trio of fourth quarter touchdowns and three field goals from kicker Nick Cattoi to run past Boston College 30-3 on Saturday night.
The Knights defense was stingy against the Eagles, holding them to just 141 total yards. Boston College was only 1 of 12 on third down as quarterback Chase Rettig was sacked three times and intercepted twice.
UCF’s Jeff Godfrey was active with both his hands and feet, completing 20 of 25 passes for 187 yards and rushing 13 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Latavius Murray carried 10 times for 72 yards and a score.
Rettig finished 10 of 23 passing for 70 yards. Andre Williams, who racked up 122 yards and two touchdowns last week against Northwestern, had only 59 yards 12 carries Saturday.
The win gives the Knights their first 2-0 start since 1998 and improves to 2-12 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
UCF clung to a 9-3 lead throughout the third quarter until Godfrey completed back-to-back passes of 17 and 28 yards in the final minute of the period to get the Knights inside the 5.
Godfrey snuck in from 1-yard out two plays later to put the Knights up 16-3 with 14:51 left in the game.
Rettig was then picked off by A.J. Bouye on the Eagles’ ensuing possession, giving the ball right back to the Knights on the Boston College 49.
UCF’s offense picked up where it left off, needing only six plays to get back into the end zone — this time via a 1-yard plunge by Murray — to extend its lead to 23-3 with 9:30 left.
Murray had four carries for 38 yards during the drive, including a 19-yard scamper.
Godfrey added one more 4-yard touchdown rush to provide the final margin.
UCF dominated the time of possession in the first half and took at 9-3 lead into the locker room.
The Knights had the ball for 19:52, compared to 10:08 for the Eagles. Boston College had just four possessions in the half, punting on their final three.
UCF didn’t get in the end zone, but did put its extra time to use. The Knights were aggressive from the start, mixing 13 passes into their 37 total plays for the half. The Knights also racked up 100 rushing yards, led by Godfrey’s 46 yards on nine carries.
Meanwhile, Cattoi made all three of his field goals from 36, 35 and 32 yards away.
UCF’s defense also kept Williams at bay in the opening 30 minutes. His first touch of the night went for 16 yards, but his final seven carries of the half netted just 27 yards.
Boston College did get few big plays, but managed only four first downs and 41 rushing yards. Rettig was also a paltry 3 for 8 for 27 yards through the air. He was also sacked twice deep in Eagles’ territory to set up a Knights’ score.
The Eagles’ biggest bright spot of the half came on the defensive side, with linebacker Luke Kuechly posting 10 tackles.
Both teams traded field goals in quickly played first quarter.
Boston College got on the scoreboard first via a 47-yard field goal by Nate Freese. The drive nearly stalled on the UCF 33-yardline, but was kept alive by a fourth down pass play by Rettig to Bobby Swigert.
UCF then answered with a 36-yard boot by Cattoi, capping a 15-play, 49-yard drive that took more than seven minutes.
UCF goes on the road next week against Florida International. Boston College returns home to open ACC play against Duke.
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