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After rushing for a season-best 192 yards and two touchdowns in a win at Memphis, UCF senior RB Latavius Murray has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week. The Defensive Player of the Week went to his teammate, Knights senior DB A.J. Bouye, who had an interception and a fumble return in the victory. Special teams recognition was given to SMU junior LB Kevin Pope, who recovered two fumbles, including one which he returned for a touchdown in a win over Houston. C-USA Football Players of the Week are voted on by a panel of the league's media.
In his first start suffering an injury in the season opener at Akron, Murray rushed for 192 rushing yards on 23 carries and added a pair of touchdowns in UCF's 35-17 win at Memphis. It was the 12th-most rushing yards in a single-game in UCF history, and the second-most in Conference USA this season. Murray entered with a career-long rush of 46, but against the Tigers he had bursts of 50 and 83 yards. The 83-yard rush resulted in a touchdown, and was the second-longest run from scrimmage by a Knight since the program's inception in 1979. Murray now has 1,700 career rushing yards to rank ninth all-time at UCF, and he moved his career rushing touchdown total to 27 to tie for third at UCF. Along with his rushing efforts, he caught four passes for 17 yards out of the backfield.
Bouye forced a pair of second half turnovers in the Knights' 35-17 victory at Memphis. With UCF ahead 14-10 in the third quarter, Tigers' QB Jacob Karam sent a deep ball toward the UCF end zone, but Bouye picked it off and ran it back 32 yards to the UCF 39 to eventually set up a UCF touchdown three minutes later. Up 21-10, Bouye put the game out of reach by scooping up a Memphis fumble as it drove inside UCF territory, and ran it back 79 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest fumble return for a touchdown in UCF history. The interception was the fifth of Bouye's career, which is tied with Kemal Ishmael for first among active UCF players.
Pope had a fumble return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half - the first of his career - as SMU topped Houston, 72-42. It was one of two special teams fumble recoveries for Pope and two of nine takeaways by the Mustangs. He also added a pair of tackles in the win.