Aug 29, 2013
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By Brian Ormiston
|| UCF vs. Akron
Aug. 29, 2013
|From Bright House Networks Stadium
A New Season Brings New Excitement to UCF
On Thursday, the UCF Knights kicked off their 2013 football season against the Akron Zips, and the atmosphere certainly was electric. This was not just the start of a brand new season for the Knights - it was also the start of a brand new campaign in a brand new conference, the American Athletic Conference.
Fans were excited to be a part of The American and could not wait to see the excitement it has brought to campus.
"I'm glad we finally got to join after a few years of being here (in Conference USA)," senior Joy Watson said. "I'm glad we got to move up conferences."
It was eight months since the Knights last took the field, which meant their devoted fans were anxious to return to Bright House Networks Stadium. Fans seemed to be overwhelmed with joy because football was back.
When asked what they were most looking forward to this season, students answered with certain games in mind.
"Seeing the Knights do well, especially beating South Carolina," said senior Andrew Mata. USF was another team many students were looking forward to as well. But students were just excited to finally start the season.
Those that got to the game early might have gotten the chance to get their very own "Knightmare" shirt. Starting at 5:30 p.m. when the gates opened, 5,000 shirts were given out to fans who entered through gates seven through nine.
UCF also started a brand new program this year for students called "Knightmare Rewards." It is a program that can provide students with a variety of prizes. They will receive points for coming to games, and at Thursday's contest, each student received 2,500 points.
By: Robert Hussey
-UCF began its 35th season of collegiate football Thursday as it entered it first campaign in the American Athletic Conference.
-The Knights moved their all-time record on season openers to 23-12, and they have won their last eight.
-Captains for UCF were: senior wide receiver Jeff Godfrey and junior defensive back Brandon Alexander.
-UCF held Akron scoreless in the first half. The last time an opponent failed to score in the first half was vs. FIU Sept. 15, 2012.
-The Knights won the turnover battle, 2-0, with an interception and a fumble recovery.
-The defense allowed 116 passing yards, the lowest in a non-conference game since 84 vs. Boston College Sept. 10, 2011.
-UCF was 9-of-14 on third downs and committed just one penalty for 10 yards.
-Making their first-collegiate starts Thursday were defensive end Luke Adams, linebacker Willie Mitchell and cornerback Jacoby Glenn. Meanwhile, Demetris Anderson made his first start as a Knight after transferring from Western Michigan, and Joey Grant earned his first start as the UCF center after he was on the defensive line to start his Black and Gold career.
-On the second play from scrimmage, Blake Bortles hit Breshad Perriman with a 91-yard TD pass. It was the longest play from scrimmage in UCF history. The previous longest pass was Darin Slack's 87-yard TD strike to Bernard Ford against Northwest Missouri State on Oct. 24, 1987 (the longest rush stands at 87 yards by Kevin Smith against Marshall on Nov. 3, 2007).
-With the 91-yard catch, Perriman had already surpassed his career-high for total yards in a game (90 vs. Ball State Dec. 21, 2012). He finished Thursday with a game-high 113 yards on three receptions.
-Bortles started the game 6-for-9 with those three incompletions being dropped passes. He went on to finish 18-for-24 with 314 yards and three touchdowns.
-The 314 yards marked the first time Bortles eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark in his career, while the three touchdowns tied a career-high. The last time UCF had a 300-yard passer was Brett Hodges (342) against Marshall Nov. 1, 2009.
-Bortles now has a touchdown pass in nine straight games.
-Without an interception vs. Akron, Bortles' school-record streak moved to 198 consecutive pass attempts without throwing a pick.
-Bortles now has 344 career completions, moving him into eighth all-time. He also has 4,331 passing yards, pushing him into seventh on the UCF career list.
-Storm Johnson set career highs with 20 rushing attempts and 99 rushing yards. His two touchdowns on the ground matched a personal best.
-Rannell Hall had three receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown, and now has a catch in 16 straight games. Jeff Godfrey posted a pair of catches for 13 yards, and has a streak of 15 consecutive contests with a catch.
-J.J. Worton had a 7-yard punt return Thursday. He now stands fourth all-time with 423 punt-return yards and tied for fourth with 43 punt returns.
-Terrance Plummer had a game-high 10 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss.
-Troy Gray posted his first career interception in the third quarter.
-In his first start, Jacoby Glenn notched three break-ups and four tackles.
-Deion Green recorded UCF's first sack of the year, and now has 5.0 sacks for his career.