MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Latavius Murray rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns and Blake Bortles threw for two more scores as Central Florida pulled away from mistake-prone Memphis 35-17 Saturday night.
The Knights (5-2, 3-0 Conference USA) forced three Memphis turnovers, including a fumble on the UCF 1-yard line in the first quarter.
Murray, starting for the first time since the season opener, had 23 carries and scored twice early. He followed a 1-yard run with an 83-yard romp that was the second-longest run from scrimmage in school history.
After the Tigers (1-6, 1-2) got within 14-10 on Robert Steeples' 27-yard fumble return, an interception by the Knights' A.J. Bouye set up a 61-yard UCF scoring drive.
Bouye had another big play when he recovered a fumble and ran 79 yards for a 28-10 UCF lead.
The Tigers rushed for a season-high 240 yards behind a career-best 88 yards by Jan Steib.
|UCF||Latavius Murray 1 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UCF||Latavius Murray 83 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|MEMP||Tyler Spurlock 34 yd FG|
|MEMP||Robert Steeples 27 yd fumble return (Tyler Spurlock kick)|
|UCF||J.J. Worton 29 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UCF||A.J. Bouye 79 yd fumble return (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UCF||Justin Tukes 6 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|MEMP||Jacob Karam 1 yd run (Tyler Spurlock kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-13||4-16|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||2-2|
|Kick Return Yds||24||140|
|Punt Return Yds||31||9|
|Time of Poss.||28:7||31:53|
|UCF: Latavius Murray 23-192, Jamie Boyle 1-33, Blake Bortles 3-8, Brynn Harvey 2-4, Rob Calabrese 1-3, Jeff Godfrey 1-0, Storm Johnson 3--11|
|MEMP: Jai Steib 13-88, Brandon Hayes 17-83, Jacob Karam 9-36, Tom Hornsey 1-21, Eric Mathews 2-13, Alan Cross 2-0, Team 1--1|
|UCF: Blake Bortles 15-26-122-0|
|MEMP: Jacob Karam 20-28-121-1|
|UCF: J.J. Worton 5-56, Latavius Murray 4-17, Breshad Perriman 2-21, Jeff Godfrey 1-16, Rannell Hall 1-10, Justin Tukes 1-6, Josh Reese 1--4|
|MEMP: Keiwone Malone 5-50, Marcus Rucker 4-37, Brandon Hayes 4--15, Jamere Valentine 3-23, Tyriq Patrick 1-10, Reggie Travis 1-9, LaMarvin Ashley 1-8, Alan Cross 1--1|
|UCF||1st American Athletic||8-0||11-1|
|Memphis||9th American Athletic||1-7||3-9|
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