Oh What a Night



Oct. 28, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The American Athletic Conference and ESPN have announced that UCF's Homecoming Game against Houston Saturday, Nov. 9, will get underway at 7 p.m. and air nationally on ESPN2.

The tilt against the Cougars (6-1, 3-0) will be Military Appreciation Day, and to honor those who have served, there will be a memorable flyover before kickoff.

A 1962 Vietnam era Douglas A-4C Skyhawk piloted by Dave Dollarhide will travel from north to south over Bright House Networks Stadium during the National Anthem in what will be one of the biggest games of the season for both teams.

Also on tap for Nov. 9
-Patrick Air Force Base Color Guard
-Mini American flags to the first 20,000 fans
-A Million Thanks - A year-round campaign to show our appreciation for our U.S. men and women in the military, pas and present, for their sacrifices, dedication and service to our country through letters, cards and prayers - CLICK HERE for more details
-Fans can write thank you notes to military personnel serving - bring letters from home or complete a notecard at the game and they will be distributed to U.S. military personnel around the world
-Military stickers and lapel pins for active/retired/veteran personnel will be distributed in IOA Plaza
-Military vehicles and challenges in IOA Plaza
-Special halftime performance by the Marching Knights

The Nov. 9 tussle also will be presented by Lowe's Home Improvement and SunTrust.

It will be UCF's first appearance on ESPN2 since the 2012 Conference USA Championship Game. Overall in 2013, the Knights have appeared on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Regional, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network and ESPN3. Along with the ESPN2 broadcast vs. Houston, UCF also is scheduled to be on ESPN Nov. 21 vs. Rutgers and either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 vs. USF. Games against Temple and SMU have not been determined at this time.

No. 19/22 UCF is coming off a 62-17 win over UConn to achieve its highest ranking in program history. The Knights are tied atop The American with the Cougars with a 3-0 league record and a 6-1 mark overall. Houston will play USF Thursday before taking on the Knights Nov. 9.

The Knights hold a 23-10 all-time record on Homecoming, highlighted by victories in their last four outings which saw the home team amass at least 37 points in every game during the streak.

To learn more about this year's Homecoming festivities, CLICK HERE.

In the all-time series with Houston, UCF leads 3-1 with all four contests taking place when the two programs were members of Conference USA. The Knights hold a 2-0 record in Orlando including victories at the Florida Citrus Bowl in 2005 and at Bright House Networks Stadium in 2009. Three of the four meetings have been decided by seven points or less, however UCF and Houston have not met since 2010.

This year's clash marks the first as members of The American.

Plan your game days this fall with the Knights and experience one of the best schedules in program history. Order tickets today online or call 407-UCF-1000.

And make sure to visit the 2013 UCF Football Bowl Game Presale Ticket Central page for ordering information on potential postseason bowl destinations.



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