Oct. 26, 2013
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By Brian Ormiston
No. 21/25 UCF vs. UConn
Oct. 26, 2013
|From Bright House Networks Stadium
Honoring the Original
During the first quarter Saturday, UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury was joined on the field by Spencer Barnes and Millard Long as the duo received a game ball in a special presentation with the help from the Orlando Utilities Commission, which sponsored the afternoon tilt.
Barnes played for one year as a wide receiver on UCF's inaugural team in 1979, while Long suited up on the defensive line for the 1979 Knights. Long now works for OUC.
In an Orlando Sentinel interview from when Bright House Networks Stadium opened in 2007, Long said, "I wish we'd had something like that. I think our team built a foundation for the program that has turned out to be pretty solid."
Pretty solid indeed. The Knights have gone from NCAA Division III in 1979 to ranked in the top 25 in the FBS in 2013. And Bright House certainly will be eventful in the next few weeks as UCF is at home for four of its final six games.
By: Brian Ormiston
-No. 21/25 UCF improved to 6-1 on the year and 3-0 in The American, while UConn dropped to 0-7 and 0-3.
-With the win, UCF is bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last nine seasons, and fourth in the last five.
-The Black and Gold's 6-1 record ties the 1988, 1993 and 1998 teams for the best seven-game start to a season.
-The Knights are now 3-0 in conference play for the second straight year and for the third time in school history (first year in a league was in 2002 as a member of the MAC).
-UCF is now on a three-game winning streak for the second time this year. Since the program's inception in 1979, it has posted two three-game win streaks in the same season five times.
-The 1988 and 2013 teams are the only ones in UCF history to score at least 20 points in their first seven games.
-The Knights entered the week ranked in the top 25 for the first time since the final 2010 poll. Meanwhile, it was the second game UCF had played in school history when it was nationally-ranked (Nov. 13, 2010 when UCF was No. 25/23).
-Saturday marked the first American Athletic Conference game at Bright House Networks Stadium. It also was the first meeting between UCF and UConn.
-UConn did not have a sack. UCF's offensive line has not given up a sack in two straight games, and only four in the last six outings.
-The 21 points in the first quarter were the most by the Knights in the opening 15 minutes since Nov. 20, 2010, at Tulane when they scored 31 points in the first quarter.
-The 45 points in the opening half were the most in any half since 50 against Akron in the first half Nov. 3, 2001.
-The 62 points were the most in a conference game in school history, and the third-largest margin of victory in a conference game.
-The 62 points also were the eighth most scored by UCF overall, and tied for the fifth most UConn had given up in a game in history.
-UCF racked up 527 yards of total offense, its most since 568 at Marshall Oct. 27, 2012.
-UCF had five touchdown passes Saturday, its most since five against Buffalo Nov. 9, 2002.
-The Knights scored on their first nine offensive possessions against the Huskies.
-UCF once again won the turnover battle by a plus-2 margin.
-Captains for UCF were: junior running back Storm Johnson and junior linebacker Troy Gray.
-Junior wide receiver J.J. Worton reached the 100-receptions mark Saturday. He entered with 99 for his career and had six including a 61-yard touchdown pass, the longest reception of Worton's career. His 119 yards Saturday set a career-high.
-Jacoby Glenn added two more break-ups, giving him 10 this year - two shy of entering UCF's single-season top 10.
-Shawn Moffitt connected on a career-long 50-yard field goal in the second quarter. This year is the second straight season he has started the year a perfect 8-for-8, and he tacked on a 35-yarder in the third to move to 9-for-9. The last 50-yarder by a Knight was Nick Cattoi (also 50 yards) at Southern Miss Sept. 12, 2009.
-Rannell Hall had two kick returns for 50 yards. He now ranks sixth all-time with 53 career kick returns and sixth with 1,315 yards.
-A wide receiver, Hall led UCF in rushing with 45 yards off five carries and had his first career rushing touchdown.
-Blake Bortles went 19-for-23 for 225 yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in the first 30 minutes.
-Bortles finished 20-for-24 for 286 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in limited action. He also had a season-high 26 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
-The last UCF quarterback to throw for four touchdowns in a game was Ryan Schneider vs. Ohio Nov. 30, 2002.
-Bortles moved into fifth all-time in completions with 459 for his career.
-True freshman Justin Holman came in for his second career game and went 6-for-11 with 65 yards and a touchdown.
-Jeff Godfrey hauled in six catches for 54 yards and a career-high three touchdowns passes.
-The three touchdown catches were the most since current Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall, who was in attendance Saturday, had three against Nevada in 2005.
-Godfrey's three TD receptions tied for the fourth most in UCF history (record is 4 set three times).
-Storm Johnson now has a rushing touchdown in six of seven games this year, as he had 28 rushing yards and 16 receiving yards.
-Sean Maag and Troy Gray collected their second interceptions of the season and their careers Saturday.
-True freshman Deondre Barnett, playing in his first game of his collegiate career, recorded his first sack.
-Junior cornerback Jordan Ozerities also had his first career sack.
-Michael Easton, Drico Johnson and J.J. Worton (after an interception) all were credited with forced fumbles Saturday.