April 7, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - With an 8-1 record and ranked No. 17/20 in the country, UCF proved to be a solid choice for ESPN's Thursday-night contest Nov. 21 vs. Rutgers. The Knights had not played a Thursday-night game on ESPN since 2005, and this would be the first on UCF's home field.
Not only was UCF seeking revenge for the Scarlet Knights' victory in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl, it also wanted to stay all alone atop the conference as Louisville and Cincinnati were both 5-1 compared to the Knights' 5-0 mark.
Within a few minutes, the Black and Gold opened the eyes of the nation yet again. UCF found the endzone on its first four drives of the game including two rushing touchdowns from Storm Johnson, and ultimately closed the first half with 17 first downs compared to Rutgers' six. The visitors also completed just 5-of-16 passes in the opening 30 minutes.
The UCF defense did not let up in the second half, holding the Scarlet Knights to a 3-and-out to get it started followed up by a 15-play, 63-yard, 7:44 drive by the offense that resulted in a 32-yard Shawn Moffitt field goal and a 31-14 lead.
The Knights continued to cruise, tacking on 10 more points in the fourth quarter. UCF finished by outgaining Rutgers 452-221, Blake Bortles went 21-for-30 with 335 yards and his counterpart at Rutgers, Gary Nova, was 11-for-34 for 107 yards. In all, the Scarlet Knights went 15-for-43 with 152 yards and an interception in the passing game. A major thorn in their side was freshman cornerback Jacoby Glenn, who tied a UCF record with five break-ups in the win.
Similar to the Temple game five days prior where J.J. Worton's incredible one-handed catch appeared on highlight reels across the country, UCF supplied one more eye-popping play against Rutgers that has since received more than 1 million views on YouTube...
Final score: UCF 41, Rutgers 17
UCF's record: 9-1 Overall, 6-0 American
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