ORLANDO - The UCF secondary came through Friday night. UCF’s secondary was stellar throughout the game, and that’s especially impressive considering the talent that Memphis wide receiver Calvin Austin III possesses.
He recorded 50 receptions for 857 yards and eight touchdowns. Against UCF, Austin managed just three receptions for 14 yards through the first three stanzas, and finished with seven catches for 44 yards.
Here are the primary defensive statistics from the UCF secondary that led to victory.
**Cornerback Davonte Brown intercepted his first pass of the 2021 season, as well as his career. Midway through the fourth quarter, Brown almost intercepted another pass in the endzone, but his deflection helped place the football in the arms of safety Divaad Wilson for an interception. The play helped UCF salt the game away.
**The cornerback that started opposite of Brown, Justin Hodges, played fantastic. His energy was tremendous, and it helped him play downhill and make plays on the football.
**Coming off the bench and making an impact would be Corey Thornton. He created a pass breakup in the endzone that allowed Dyllon Lester to intercept his second pass of the 2021 season.
UCF freshman cornerback Brandon Adams was challenged a few times, but he also held up to adversity.
Overall, every UCF cornerback made plays far more often than not. It's an incredible increase in production from just one week ago and the season overall.
**As for the safety position, the most important statistic is actually zero. That’s zero big plays allowed over the top, nor did the safeties allow a catch and run that resulted in a Memphis offensive skill player weaving his way through the defense for a long gain after catching a short pass. Really nice job by Wilson, Quadric Bullard and Lester.
**It’s important to note that UCF’s pass rush was also much improved on the evening, and that aided the entire UCF secondary.
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