Nov. 16, 2013
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-UCF improved to 8-1 in 2013 as well as 5-0 in The American, while Temple dropped to 1-9 and 0-6.
-UCF moved to 5-0 on the road this year, tying the school’s all-time mark for most road victories in a season (not including neutral-site games as the 2010 team won five on the road in the regular season and six overall including its bowl victory).
-The Knights’ 8-1 record marks the best start to a season in program history. It also is the eighth most wins in a season since the program’s inception in 1979, and they still have four games left in 2013 (record for most wins is 11 set in 2010, and that included two postseason contests).
-This is the second straight season UCF opened conference play with a 5-0 record.
-UCF remained all alone in first place in The American standings.
-UCF lost the coin toss and Temple took the ball, ending a streak of 14 straight games the Knights received the ball.
-The Knights recorded a safety in the first quarter, their first since Sept. 15, 2012, against FIU.
-UCF amassed 653 total yards of offense, the most in a game this season. Previous high was 527 against UConn.
-The Knights picked up 250 yards rushing, the most in a game this season. Previous high was 219 at Penn State.
-The Black and Gold passed for 403 net yards, the most in a game this season. Previous high was 358 against South Carolina.
-At one point in the fourth quarter, UCF was using four true freshmen and one junior transfer on defense, meaning almost half of the defensive 11 that drive were members of last year’s signing class.
-Captains for UCF were: seniors Jeff Godfrey, Jordan McCray and Justin McCray. They were voted as the 2013 season captains by their teammates after the UConn game.
-True freshman cornerback Shaquill Griffin made his first career start. It was the first change to the starting secondary this year.
-Redshirt sophomore H-back Joseph Puopolo also made his first career start.
-Blake Bortles tied a career high with four touchdowns passes, giving him 50 for his career and moving him into fourth on the all-time list.
-Bortles completed the day 27-for-38 for a career-high 403 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
-With his 403 yards, Bortles jumped into fourth place on UCF’s all-time passing yards list with 6,500. The 403 passing yards were the 10th most in a single game by a UCF quarterback.
-Bortles had a season-high 62 rushing yards on 11 carries. Bortles game into the game with 67 rushing yards on 39 attempts.
-Rannell Hall posted a reception in his 24th straight game, which tied for the eighth-longest streak in UCF history (record is 42 by current wide receivers coach Sean Beckton from 1987-90).
-Godfrey hauled in a pass in his 23rd consecutive outing, which tied for the 10th-longest streak in school history.
-Troy Gray delivered UCF’s first points by tackling Zaire Williams for a safety. That was set up by way of Caleb Houston’s punt which was downed on the 1-yard line.
-Shawn Moffitt went 3-for-3 in field goals, and is now 14-for-15 this year. Included in those three field goals was a 24-yarder as time expired, the first game-winning field goal of Moffit’s career.
-True freshman running back William Stanback escaped a tackler en route to a 49-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, his first TD catch of his young career.
-Storm Johnson delivered his longest rush of his career, a 73-yard run in the second quarter. It also tied for the 10th longest rush in UCF history.
-Johnson finished with 122 yards rushing on 14 carries. This marked his second-consecutive 100 yard rushing game, fourth this season and fourth of his career.
-J.J. Worton recorded his third 100-yard receiving day of the season with a career-high 179 yards on 10 catches. Worton caught a game-tying 30-yard touchdown with 1:06 remaining in the contest. The 179 yards were the 13th most in UCF history for a single game.
-Hall recorded a career-high 159 yards receiving, his third game over 100 yards this season.
-Junior transfer Jaryl Mamea registered his first UCF sack in the fourth quarter.
-In the fourth quarter, Brandon Alexander recorded an interception for the second-consecutive contest. It was the third interception of his career.
-Thomas Niles and Deondre Barnett recorded back-to-back sacks on second and third down on Temple’s final possession of the game to force a punt. It was Niles’ second sack of the season and seventh of his career and Barnett’s second sack of his rookie season.