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Nov. 30, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston
UCFKnights.com

UCF UCF vs. USF
Nov. 29, 2013
UCF
From Bright House Networks Stadium
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
USF 3 3 7 7 20
UCF 3 10 3 7 23

TEAM NOTES
-UCF clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference title, improving to 10-1 overall and 7-0 in the league. USF fell to 2-9 and 2-5.
-The Knights are all alone in The American standings, up one game on Louisville and Cincinnati who are both 6-1. Those two teams play Dec. 5 in Ohio, and if Louisville wins, then UCF locks up the league's automatic berth in the BCS. If Cincinnati wins, then UCF will need to beat SMU Dec. 7 in Dallas to earn the BCS berth (if UCF and Cincinnati are tied at the end of the regular season, the BCS bid will go to the team with the highest BCS ranking since the two schools do not play each other in 2013).
-This is the first year in program history UCF posted at least 10 regular-season victories.
-The Knights have double-digit wins for the second year in a row and for the third time in the last four years.
-UCF tied the school record (2007) by winning its seventh straight game.
-UCF won its first game against USF, which played as non-conference foes each year from 2005-08.
-The win continued a string where every recruiting class under head coach George O'Leary has won at least one conference title (first year was in 2004 and the Knights have won league crowns in 2007, 2010 and 2013).
-The senior class already stands as the winningest senior class in school history with 36 victories (the 2012 class had 34).
-The last time UCF won with at least four turnovers was against Liberty Sept. 28, 2002 (also five turnovers that game).
-Friday night marked UCF's 400th game since season No. 1 in 1979.
-Members of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Director General Paraic Duffy, Croke Park Stadium Director Peter McKenna and Croke Park Head of Operations Alan Gallagher, were on hand Friday checking out the festivities and meeting with UCF staff to discuss the 2014 Croke Park Classic against Penn State in Dublin, Ireland.
-Friday was Senior Night at the stadium as Kelly Davison, E.J. Dunston, Jeff Godfrey, Sean Maag, Chris Martin, Jordan McCray, Justin McCray at Michael Patrick all played their final game on campus.
-UCF donned black helmets for the first time since the 1993 season.
-Attendance was 45,952, which is the eighth largest in school history and the sixth largest in stadium history.
-Average home attendance for 2013 was 42,084, marking the second highest in program history behind only 2007 (44,018 the year Bright House Networks Stadium opened).
-The Knights have won six games this year by seven points or less.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
-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.
-Storm Johnson rushed for 62 yards, giving him 978 this year which is good for 10th on the single season list.
-Rannell Hall now has a reception in 26 straight games, which is tied for the seventh longest streak by a Knight.
-Tight end Justin Tukes recorded his first touchdown reception this year in the second quarter. It was the third of his career.
-Thomas Niles delivered his third sack of the year in the second quarter.
-Shawn Moffitt went 3-for-3 in field goals, making him 19-for-20 on the year. The single-season record for most field goals by a Knight is 20 by Michael Torres in 2007.
-Blake Bortles went 17-for-26 with 219 yards and two touchdowns. Bortles is now tied for ninth on the single-season chart with 22 passing touchdowns and ninth with 215 completions.
-Bortles now has 3,038 passing yards this season. It is just the seventh time in UCF history a player passed for at least 3,000 yards in a season.
-Jordan Ozerities intercepted his first pass of the year which sealed the game late in the fourth quarter. It was his third pick of his career.

 

 

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