2007 Conference USA Football Championship Game

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2007 Conference USA Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
Conference USA Football Championship logo.png
1 2 3 4 Total
Tulsa 13 10 0 2 25
UCF 10 21 6 7 44
Date December 1, 2007
Season 2007
Stadium Bright House Networks Stadium
Location Orlando, Florida
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Conference USA Football Championship Game
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2007 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
UCF x   7 1         10 4  
East Carolina   6 2         8 5  
Memphis   6 2         7 6  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 6  
Marshall   3 5         3 9  
UAB   1 7         2 10  
West
Tulsa xy   6 2         10 4  
Houston x   6 2         8 5  
Tulane   3 5         4 8  
Rice   3 5         3 9  
UTEP   2 6         4 8  
SMU   0 8         1 11  
Championship: UCF 44, Tulsa 25
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Conference USA Football Championship Game was played on December 1, 2007 between the UCF Knights, the champion of C-USA's East Division, and the West Division champion, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game kicked off at 12:00 pm EST and was televised by ESPN.

Game summary[edit]

Under conference rules, the game was held at the home field of the team with the best record in conference play; since UCF finished C-USA play at 7–1, better than Tulsa's 6–2, the game was held at the Knights' home field, Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Tulsa and UCF met at the C-USA Championship for the second time; Tulsa beat UCF at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Downtown Orlando in 2005.

Kevin Smith continued his dominance, running for 284 yards with 4 touchdowns. Tulsa kept it close in the first half as UCF's defense seemed slow to get started. In the second half, however, they only scored on a safety. Paul Smith, the Tulsa quarterback, threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns, but also gave up three interceptions. UCF won their first ever conference title in football.

Kevin Smith finished the game with 2,448 rushing yards on the season, second all-time for single-season rushing yards in FBS history. Only Barry Sanders, who rushed for 2,628 yards in 1989 for Oklahoma State, rushed for more yards in a single season.[1]

Scoring summary[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tulsa can't contain Smith as UCF clinches first C-USA title". ESPN.com. The Walt Disney Company. 2007-12-01. Archived from the original on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-01.