Great Knight

Sept. 15, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

Former Penn State quarterback Don Jonas made UCF history when he started the Knights' football team in 1979, that same football team made history on Saturday night securing one of the biggest wins since the team's inception in the same stadium Jonas played his college ball.

The 34-31 win against the Nittany Lions is UCF's first victory against a Big Ten Conference school and it was a game the Knights knew they could win, which is why they weren't too shocked when the game ended in their favor.

"I think it says we're a good physical football team that's disciplined and we're going to get our job done," said junior quarterback Blake Bortles. "To be able to come in here in this environment and execute the way we did I think it speaks volumes."

"Beating a Big Ten team for the first time is going to be a big confidence booster for the team," said senior offensive lineman Chris Martin. "I think this is going to give us the motivation we need to keep going and try to beat every team we play this year."

This victory also marks the first time the Knights will be 3-0 since 1988. That's a mark the players would like to continue and the team still have the same mindset they've had since the beginning of the season, which is preparing for their next one-game season of the year.

"We still have the same mentality," said junior receiver Josh Reese. "We know it's a one-game season. We're going to win and we're going to keep moving forward. We're going to prepare for South Carolina starting next week and it's going to be the same old routine."

That's the exact routine UCF head coach George O'Leary wants his players to maintain. For more on what the Knights said about their historic win, watch the video above.



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