Knights Prepare for Gamecocks

Sept. 27, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The UCF Knights (3-0, 0-0) will try and go undefeated in non-conference play for the first time since they became a FBS team. On Saturday, UCF will face the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1, 0-0) in Bright House Networks Stadium on national television.

The Knights are ranked third in the American Athletic Conference in scoring offense averaging 36.7 points per game. This is the first time in school history the team opened up the season scoring 30 or more points in three consecutive games. Junior quarterback Blake Bortles (No. 5) is currently ranked fifth in the nation in passing efficiency with a 199.5 rating. Bortles has thrown for 816 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.

Junior running back Storm Johnson (No. 8) has ran for 305 yards on season with seven total touchdowns, which ranks him second in the nation in scoring. UCF has accumulated 1,373 yards of total offense and 14 total touchdowns.

On defense, the Knights are ranked second in scoring defense in the American Athletic Conference giving up an average of 12.7 points per game. Junior linebacker Terrance Plummer (No. 41) leads the team with 28 total tackles. Behind Plummer is safety Clayton Geathers (No. 26) with 19 tackles.

Weather Report

Saturday’s forecast calls for a forty percent chance of rain with a projected high of 84 degrees and a projected low of 69 degrees.

Game Notes

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

UCF Game Notes

South Carolina Game Notes

Links/Media Coverage – One Game at A Time – Good Bye Knights – Coach to Cure MD Hits Home for UCF Family

Orlando Sentinel – South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier says UCF is “sky high”

USA Today – Spurrier: South Carolina’s big challenges vs. UCF – UCF gets big opportunity to show off vs. South Carolina


Kickoff is set for noon. The game will be broadcast on ABC and the UCF-IMG College Radio Network. At the top of this blog is a quick preview of Saturday’s game with reporter Chip Fontanazza and UCF color analyst Pat O’Hara.