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The Last Meeting
September 15, 2012
Football Claims Fifth-Straight Home Opener With 33-20 Win Over FIU
It was home sweet home for the UCF football team as it topped FIU, 33-20, Saturday afternoon in Bright House Networks Stadium. After back-to-back weekends in Ohio, the Knights (2-1) pushed their win streak in home openers to five and have won 11 of their last 13 dating back to 1999.
By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF resumes its in-state rivalry against FIU with a trip to South Florida to battle the Panthers Friday at 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
UCF Game Notes in PDF Format
Friday - Miami, Fla. - 8 p.m.
FIU - 0-1 Overall, 0-0 C-USA
UCF - 1-0 Overall, 0-0 American
Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium (20,000)
740-AM - Orlando
CBS Sports Network
The Knights are looking to start the season 2-0 for the second time since 1999 (2011). They have opened a campaign 2-0 twice (1998, 2011) dating back to its first year at the FBS level in 1996.
UCF holds an 8-5 all-time record on Fridays.
With a Thursday-Friday start to the season, the 2013 campaign is the first in UCF history to have its first two contests both take place on a non-Saturday.
The Knights' last regular-season road victory in the state of Florida was at Bethune-Cookman Oct. 23, 1993 (UCF won last year's Beef `O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg).
Thanks to a 33-20 victory at Bright House Networks Stadium a year ago, UCF tied the series with FIU at 1-1.
In the first meeting between the two programs in Miami in 2011, the Panthers broke a 7-7 halftime stalemate with 10 third-quarter points en route to a 17-10 triumph.
The 2011 contest drew a crowd of 20,205, which was the highest-attended game at FIU Stadium (record has since been broken).
UCF lost the turnover battle in both of the previous two meetings.
FIU brings in an 0-1 record following a 43-10 road loss to Maryland Aug. 31.
The Panthers were outgained in total yards, 576-171, and were even with the Terrapins in turnovers, 2-2.
Quarterback Jake Medlock started the contest and went 5-for-15 for 26 yards, while E.J. Hilliard was 5-for-7 for 54 yards and an interception.
On the ground, Lamarq Caldwell rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
FIU returns five primary starters from last year's squad, including one on offense and four on defense.
UCF VS. C-USA
As a member of Conference USA from 2005-12, UCF went 45-23 against league teams including conference title games.
From 1996 (when C-USA was formed) to 2004, the Knights played only two games against C-USA teams. In 2001 as an FBS independent, they defeated both Tulane (road) and UAB (home).
Friday marks UCF's third contest vs. a C-USA program when the Black and Gold was not a member of the league.
The Knights outgained Akron in total yards, 476-250, for a difference of 226 yards.
The biggest differences in total yards under Head Coach George O'Leary (since 2004):
Opponent, Year - UCF-OPP - Difference
1) Tulane, 2009 - 504-50 - 454
2) Ch. Southern, 2011 - 560-119 - 441
3) Memphis, 2011 - 505-134 - 371
4) Memphis, 2007 - 601-303 - 298
5) Boston College, 2011 - 422-141 - 281
6) Marshall, 2011 - 387-130 - 257
7) South Dakota, 2010 - 472-220 - 252
8) Memphis, 2005 - 551-301 - 250
9) Akron, 2013 - 476-250 - 226
With eight on this year's roster, UCF has the second-fewest seniors in the country, ranking only behind South Carolina (five).
Fewest number of seniors:
School - Seniors
1) South Carolina - 5
T2) UCF - 8*
T2) Virginia - 8
4) Indiana - 10
* - Does not include Jackie Williams who sits out 2013
WHAT A START
On just the second offensive play of 2013, UCF made some history in the win against Akron, as Blake Bortles found Breshad Perriman for a 91-yard touchdown pass, marking the longest play from scrimmage in school history.
UCF's longest plays from scrimmage:
Yds - Play - Date, Opponent
1) 91 - Bortles to Perriman (TD) - 8/29/13, Akron
T2) 87 - Smith rush (TD) - 11/3/07, Marshall
T2) 87 - Slack to Ford (TD) - 10/24/87, Northwest Missouri State
#BORTLESKOMBAT - AFTER GAME ONE
Junior Blake Bortles finally went past the 300-yard barrier when he passed for 314 vs. Akron. His previous personal-best was 277 yards.
Brett Hodges was the last UCF QB to throw for more than 300 yards when he accomplished the feat vs. Marshall Nov. 1, 2009 (342).
Bortles also tied a career-high with three touchdown passes in the victory over Akron.
Bortles has thrown 16 touchdown passes since his last interception Oct. 27, 2012.
FBS active streaks without throwing an INT:
Player, School - Pass Attempts w/o INT
1) Blake Bortles, UCF - 198*
2) Jalen Whitlow, Kentucky - 148
* - UCF Record
The Oviedo native has thrown a touchdown pass in nine consecutive games (record is 28 by Ryan Schneider from 2001-03).
FBS QBS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Career statistics for the FBS signal-callers in the Sunshine State (FSU plays Monday, Sept. 2):
School - Player - C-A-I - YDS - TDS
UCF - Jr. Blake Bortles - 344-533-10 - 4,331 - 34
UCF - Jr. Tyler Gabbert - 3-7-0 - 30 - 1
UF - Jr. Jeff Driskel - 189-301-7 - 1,947 - 13
FAU - Jr. Stephen Curtis - 14-31-0 - 127 - 0
FAU - Fr. Greg Hankerson - 5-11-0 - 34 - 0
FAU - So. Jaquez Johnson - 11-20-0 - 83 - 0
FIU - So. E.J. Hilliard - 70-101-4 - 699 - 4
FIU - So. Jake Medlock - 194-334-3 - 2,529 - 14
FSU - So. Jacob Coker - 3-5-0 - 45 - 1
UM - Sr. Stephen Morris - 368-638-18 - 5,028 - 29
UM - Jr. Ryan Williams* - 183-314-10 - 2,252 - 14
USF - So. Steven Bench** - 2-8-0 - 12 - 0
USF - Sr. Bobby Eveld - 92-170-7 - 974 - 5
USF - So. Matt Floyd - 66-130-7 - 538 - 0
* One year at Memphis - ** One year at Penn State
ACCOLADES FOR NO. 5
Blake Bortles' 2013 preseason watch lists:
-Davey O'Brien Award
-Maxwell Award (Player of the Year)
-Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
-College Football Performance Awards QB Trophy
PRODUCING LONG DRIVES
The offense recorded scoring drives of 83, 91, 75, 80 and 77 yards against Akron (four touchdowns, one field goal).
The feat is nothing new for the potent Knights, who had five scoring drives of at least 75 yards last year against Marshall.
MAKING THIRD DOWN COUNT
UCF went 9-of-14 on third downs vs. the Zips. Seven of those 14 third downs came with just four yards to go, and the Knights converted every time.
The Black and Gold's 64.3 conversion percentage ranked 11th in the nation through Aug. 31, and first in the conference.
BRESHAD MAKES A STATEMENT
Backed by his 91-yard touchdown reception, sophomore wide receiver Breshad Perriman opened 2013 with three receptions for 113 yards.
Perriman did not have more than 113 yards last season until his seventh game.
He already has 29.1% of his total yards he put up a year ago (388).
A GREAT COMBINATION
With Blake Bortles throwing for 314 and Breshad Perriman totaling 113 as a receiver, it was the first time since Nov. 1, 2009, that UCF had a 300-yard passer and a 300-yard receiver in the same game.
Against Marshall in 2009, Brett Hodges had 342 passing yards and A.J. Guyton collected 100 on the receiving front.
KEEP THE FEET MOVING
Storm Johnson delivered career-highs with 20 rushes and 99 yards in the opener. He also matched a personal best with a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Right behind him, true freshman William Stanback averaged 5.4 yards on seven carries for 38 yards, and Cedric Thompson had a 5.3 average thanks to 16 yards on three attempts.
NOTHING THROUGH THE AIR
Akron mustered just 116 passing yards against the UCF defense in the season opener.
Since the Knights joined their first conference in 2002, it was the 10th fewest passing yards given up to a non-conference opponent:
Opponent - Date - Passing Yards
1) vs. Mississippi State - 12/29/07 - 39
2) Charleston Southern - 9/3/11 - 70
3) South Carolina State - 8/30/08 - 74
4) Boston College - 9/10/11 - 84
5) at Miami (Fla.) - 10/11/08 - 88
6) at USF - 9/17/05 - 100
T7) South Dakota - 9/4/10 - 104
T7) Liberty - 9/28/02 - 104
9) NC State - 9/11/10 - 105
10) Akron - 8/29/13 - 116
BREAKING IN THE NEWCOMERS
UCF used a total of 13 transfers or freshmen on defense vs. Akron.
Among that group, Western Michigan transfer Demetris Anderson started at defensive tackle, redshirt freshman Luke Adams earned a start at defensive end and redshirt freshman cornerback Jacoby Glenn received a start as well.
WHO GOT THE "FIRSTS" OF 2013?
To kick off 2013, Deion Green notched UCF's first sack of the season in the victory over Akron, while Troy Gray pulled in the Knights' first interception.
For Gray, it also was his first pick of his career. He started nine games as a true freshman in 2011, but only received one start last year. That one start came in the 2012 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl.
GETTING IN THE BACKFIELD
The Knights racked up 10 tackles for loss against Akron, the most in a non-conference game since 10 against Miami (Fla.) Oct. 17, 2009.
A total of 10 different Knights accounted for at least half a tackle for loss, led by Terrance Plummer who had 3.0 TFLs. In his first two years in Black and Gold, Plummer had a combined 9.0 tackles for loss.
PUTTING PRESSURE ON QUARTERBACKS
Thomas Niles ranked second on the team with 5.0 sacks as a freshman in 2012.
He came close to registering his first sack of 2013 a few times as he was credited with three quarterback hurries vs. Akron.
The Zips went on to finish with just 18 completions and their longest pass was only 13 yards.
Opponents who did not have a pass completion of 14 yards or more dating back to UCF's first year at the FBS level (1996):
Opponent - Date - Longest Completion
1) Nicholls State - 10/16/99 - 9 yards
T2) vs. Mississippi State - 12/29/07 - 10 yards
T2) Kent State - 11/16/02 - 10 yards
4) at Southern Miss - 10/8/05 - 11 yards
T5) Akron - 8/29/13 - 13 yards
T5) South Carolina State - 8/30/08 - 13 yards
Cypress Creek High School product Sean Maag led UCF with 16 special-teams tackles a year ago.
Starting his senior year in 2013, he debuted on defense vs. Akron and once again was drawn to the football, posting eight tackles which was the second-highest total between the two schools.
Maag also had 1.5 tackles for loss vs. the Zips.
NOT A SURPRISE
As a true freshman in 2012, Jacoby Glenn quickly impressed during the preseason, and received reps with the first team.
Although he ended up redshirting the season, Glenn came right back this year to earn the starting nod at cornerback where he broke up three passes against Akron. That ranked in a tie for 10th most in single-game history for the Knights.
Special Teams Notes
THE RETURN MEN
Opposing teams have to be on their toes every time they kick the ball away to UCF.
Kick returner Rannell Hall ranks seventh all-time at UCF in career yards with 1,096, while punt returner J.J. Worton is fourth with 423 career yards.
Redshirt freshman Caleb Houston got his first taste of college action vs. Akron when he punted four times for a 40.0 average, including one inside the 20.
Houston is UCF's fourth different punter in the last four years.
Junior Shawn Moffitt got the nod for the season-opener by converting UCF's first three extra-point attempts vs. Akron.
Moffitt also connected on his lone field-goal try, a 32-yard conversion in the second quarter.
In the second half, junior Rodrigo Quirarte entered for the first time in his career, and was 2-for-2 in extra-point attempts.