UCF-Penn State Postgame Notes



Sept. 14, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

UCF UCF at Penn State
Sept. 14, 2013
From Beaver Stadium
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
UCF 7 14 10 3 34
Penn State 7 3 7 14 31

- UCF improves to 3-0, while Penn State falls to 2-1 in 2013.
- UCF recorded its first win against a current Big Ten program as it entered the contest 0-7 against league squads.
-The Knights are now 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1988.
- The 2013 season marks the first in which UCF has won two non-conference regular-season road games since joining its first league in 2002 (MAC).
-The next time the two programs square off will be at the Croke Park Classic Aug. 30, 2014, in Dublin, Ireland.
-It was the first meeting between UCF head coach George O'Leary and PSU head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Leary served in the same position at Georgia Tech from 1995-01 where O'Brien rose the ladder, eventually becoming the offensive coordinator in 2001.
-Attendance Saturday was 92,855, marking the fifth-largest crowd to watch a UCF football game. Three of those top-five crowds have come at Beaver Stadium.
-UCF broke out the Wild Knight for the first time Saturday, and on the first play call in the package, Jeff Godfrey rushed for 49 yards in the second quarter.

-Captains for UCF were: senior offensive lineman Chris Martin and senior defensive lineman E.J. Dunston.
-Redshirt sophomores Miles Pace (defensive end), Tarik Cook (right guard) and Kevin Miller (tight end) all earned their first career starts. True freshman Chequan Burkett (linebacker) also picked up his first start.
-Burkett was the first true freshman linebacker to start since Terrance Plummer in 2011.
-Blake Bortles threw his first interception since Oct. 27, 2012, ending a streak of 232 straight pass attempts without an interception.
-Bortles finished Saturday 20-of-27 for 288 yards and matched a career-high with three touchdown tosses.
-Bortles now has a touchdown pass in 11 straight games.
-Storm Johnson recorded his first career TD reception, a 4-yard catch on the first drive of the game.
-Johnson then had a 58-yard TD run to put UCF up 14-7. It was his longest rush as a Knight (he had a 71-yard rush with Miami).
-Johnson entered the season with five rushing touchdowns in his collegiate career. With one rushing score Saturday, he now has six in 2013 alone.
-Johnson completed the night carrying the ball 17 times for 117 yards, marking his first 100-yard rushing game of his career.
-Rannell Hall now has a streak of 18 straight games with a reception, while Jeff Godfrey's streak stretched to 17 games.
-J.J. Worton pulled in a 5-yard TD catch, giving him a touchdown reception in each of the first three games of 2013.
-Josh Reese added his first touchdown reception since 2011.
-Shawn Moffitt stayed perfect this year as he was 2-for-2 in field-goal attempts. He is now 4-for-4 on the year.
-Dunston notched his first sack of the year and his third sack of his career Saturday evening.



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