Knights Land in Bluegrass State

Oct. 17, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The UCF Knights (4-1, 1-0) have landed in the Bluegrass State and will play their second Friday night contest of season under the lights at Papa John’s Cardinals Stadium against the undefeated Nos. 6 and 8 Louisville Cardinals (6-0, 2-0). This is the second time in school history these two will play each other and this is the highest-ranked opponent UCF has ever faced.

The last time these two programs met was in 1985 when the Knights were a Division-II team. It was the first time UCF had ever faced an FBS school. The Cardinals won that contest 42-21.

On offense, the Knights continue to stay ranked in the upper half of the conference in scoring averaging 31.8 points per game. Junior running back Storm Johnson (No. 8) is ranked second in the American Athletic Conference in rushing averaging 91 rushing yards per game and in scoring averaging 9.6 points per contest. Sophomore receiver Breshad Perriman (No. 11) enters this road contest with consecutive 100-yard receiving performances, which included some key catches in last weeks’ win against the Memphis Tigers.

On the defensive side, UCF is ranked second in the conference in scoring defense giving up 16.6 points per game. Junior linebacker Terrance Plummer, who was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, ranks fifth in the conference in tackles averaging 9.4 per game. The Orange Park native is also tied for the conference lead in interceptions with two. Redshirt freshman cornerback Jacoby Glenn (No. 12) is ranked second in the conference in passes defended with seven.

Weather Report

Friday’s forecast calls for party cloudy skies with a zero percent chance of rain. The projected high is 68 degrees and the projected low is 48 degrees.

Game Notes

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

UCF Game Notes 

Louisville Game Notes

Links / Media Coverage – Preparing For Primetime

Orlando Sentinel – Louisville coach Charlie Strong calls UCF ‘very solid’ team

Fox News - Eighth-Ranked Cardinals aim to avoid upset against UCF in first meeting since 1985

iSports Times – Are Louisville Cardinals on Upset Alert against UCF?


Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 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.