The Knights Arrive In Miami to Face FIU

Sep 5, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

After a dominating 38-7 home victory against the Akron Zips, the UCF Knights (1-0, 0-0) will hit the road for the first time this season to take on the FIU Panthers (0-1, 0-0) at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.

This will be the third time these two teams will face each other with the series tied at 1-1 overall. This will be the Panthers’ home opener and their first of three consecutive home games. Last week, FIU came up short against the Maryland Terrapins 43-10.

UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles and sophomore wide receiver Breshad Perriman are both coming off of stellar offensive performances. Bortles completed 18-of-24 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns, while Perriman caught three passes for a career high 113 yards and one touchdown.

In the running attack, junior Storm Johnson ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns against the Zips. In last year’s contest against the Panthers, Storm ran for a then career-high 78 yards. Johnson is most the experienced running back returning this season from an offense that averaged 181.8 rushing yards per game last year.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Terrance Plummer was named the American Athletic Conference’s first ever Defensive Player of the Week recording a game-high ten tackles against and three tackles for loss and a pass breakup against Akron. UCF only gave up 250 yards to the Zips in their home opener.

Weather Report

Friday night’s forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of rain with the projected high at 88 degrees and the projected low at 78 degrees.

Game Notes

To go in-depth and learn more about UCF and FIU’s match, click on the links below for the media notes, distributed by the communications staff of both squads.

UCF Game Notes

FIU Game Notes

Links/Media Coverage – Knights Looking For First Win at FIU – Business Trip Memories – Productive Plummer

Orlando Sentinel – UCF coach George O’Leary says he wants Knights to play more games against in-state teams

Miami Herald or other – Panthers defense preparing for offensive flurry


Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network and the UCF-IMG College Radio Network. At the top of this blog is a quick preview of Friday’s game with “The Voice of the Knights” Marc Daniels and UCF color analyst Pat O’Hara.

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