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By Brian Ormiston
UCF at FIU
Sept. 6, 2013
|From FIU Stadium
-With the 38-0 victory, UCF improved to 2-0 on the season, marking its second 2-0 start in the last 15 seasons.
-Dating back to the program's inception in 1979, the Knights also started 2-0 in 1979, 1980 (including a forfeit win), 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1998 and 2011.
-Up next for the Knights will be a trip to Penn State Sept. 14. If they can pull off another road win, they will hold a 3-0 record for the first time since 1988.
-Friday was UCF's first regular-season road victory in the state of Florida since a win at Bethune-Cookman Oct. 23, 1993.
-Friday marked the first FBS non-conference matchup of two schools that changed leagues in 2013.
-The UCF defense allowed its first first down of the game early in the second quarter. The Panthers finished with 10 on the game.
-UCF outgained FIU in total yards 390-173. The last time an opponent was held to less than 200 yards was Memphis Oct. 29, 2011 (134). The Panthers mustered 31 yards on the ground and 142 yards in the air. It was the fewest rushing yards allowed since Memphis Nov. 27, 2010 (23).
-UCF still has yet to turn the ball over this year. FIU turned it over once (lost fumble).
-UCF's last shutout occurred against Memphis Oct. 29, 2011 (41-0). Its last non-conference shutout was vs. Charleston Southern Sept. 3, 2011 (62-0).
-Captains for UCF were: senior offensive linemen Jordan McCray and Justin McCray, and junior strong safety Clayton Geathers.
-Senior Jeff Godfrey who is a native of Miami and the starting quarterback as a freshman and a sophomore, started his first-career game as a wide receiver Friday.
-Junior Rannell Hall recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game. He finished with four catches for 127 yards. It was the most receiving yards since A.J. Guyton had 163 at BYU Sept. 23, 2011.
-With Breshad Perriman having 113 last week vs. Akron, it was the first time UCF had 100-yard receivers in back-to-back games since 2010 when Jamar Newsome had 123 at Houston Nov. 5 and Jamar Newsome collected 100 vs. Southern Miss Nov. 13.
-Junior Blake Bortles completed the win 12-for-19 with 214 yards and a touchdown.
-Bortles now has a touchdown pass in 10 straight games.
-The signal-caller also extended his school-record streak of not throwing an interception in his last 217 attempts. That streak is the longest active streak in the nation, and he has not thrown a pick in eight consecutive games.
-The first score of the contest came on a 1-yard QB sneak by Bortles, which was his 10th career rushing touchdown and first of 2013.
-Junior Storm Johnson rushed for a career-high three touchdowns Friday, giving him five through the first two games of the year. Johnson had four rushing touchdowns all of 2012 and five for his college career entering 2013.
-Junior J.J. Worton notched his second touchdown reception of the year, and the 11th of his career.
-Junior Shawn Moffitt drilled a 37-yard field goal, and is now 2-for-2 on attempts this year.
-True freshman quarterback Justin Holman entered for the first time of his career and completed his first pass, which was to Godfrey in the fourth quarter. Holman ended 2-for-2 with 11 yards.
-True freshman Blake Keller recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter, while Deion Green had a sack for the second straight game.
-Junior middle linebacker and reigning American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week has now led UCF in tackles in both games in 2013, completing Friday with seven takedowns.
-Redshirt freshman Caleb Houston had four punts that traveled 175 yards for an average of 43.8, with a long of 51.