ORLANDO — The Bulls lost half their starting secondary before kickoff when seniors Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins were suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules Friday.
Neither was on the travel roster released before kickoff, and it wasn't immediately clear if they would be eligible for next weekend's season finale at Rutgers.
Freshman Hassan Childs replaced Joyce at a safety spot, while redshirt sophomore Kenneth Durden replaced Jenkins at cornerback opposite Brandon Salinas. Durden had a fumble recovery — the first of his career — on the game's sixth play.
Additionally, freshman RG Dominique Threatt missed his second consecutive game after exiting the Memphis contest with concussion-like symptoms. Fifth-year senior Steven Jacques replaced Threatt.
Davis sets record: With seven catches for 87 yards, Bulls junior WR Andre Davis became the school's single-season receiving yardage king. The Jefferson High alumnus has 721 yards, eclipsing the mark of 704 set in 2009 by Carlton Mitchell.
HE'S INSURED: USF athletic director Doug Woolard confirmed his vehicle was vandalized outside Bright House Networks Stadium on Friday night. Extent of the damage wasn't clear, but Woolard seemed fine immediately after the game.
SWAYING THE VOTERS? Four days after being named among three Groza Award finalists, Bulls redshirt junior Marvin Kloss solidified his case with field goals of 46 and 42 yards in Friday's first half.
Kloss leads the nation with 11 field goals of at least 40 yards, and now is 16-for-21 on the season. His two first-half conversions ended a 1-for-4 mini-skid. He missed a 51-yarder that sailed a bit right in the second half.
He's the first Bull to be a finalist for a major national honor, the school said. The other finalists are Roberto Aguayo of Florida State and Anthony Fera of Texas. The winner will be announced on Dec. 12 at Disney's BoardWalk.
SPARSE SENIOR NIGHT: In what might go down as the briefest senior night ceremony in UCF lore, the eight outgoing Knights were honored before kickoff. According to UCF, its eight seniors are second-fewest on a Division I roster behind South Carolina (five). The total excludes WR Jackie Williams, a UAB transfer who's sitting out this season.
AUDIBLE: "I don't ever second-guess myself. If I'm going to make a call it's going to be a legitimate call that I've thought about and go for it." — Bulls coach Willie Taggart, on his decision to go for it on fourth and 2 from the UCF 8 with his team up by three in the second quarter. A fumbled snap gave UCF the ball.
Top-10 crowd: The announced attendance of 45,952 was eighth-largest in UCF history and sixth-largest in Bright House Networks Stadium history. It was the Knights' second-biggest home audience this season.
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