Knights Land in Philly

Nov. 15, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The No. 15/19 UCF Knights (7-1, 4-0) have landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for their furthest trip north in November since they faced Ball State in Muncie, Indiana in 2004. The team will take on the Temple Owls (1-8, 0-5) at Lincoln Financial Field in the first ever meeting between these two programs. This will also be the first time this season the Knights will play in an NFL stadium and fourth different professional stadium they’ve ever played in.

UCF stands as the only undefeated team in the American Athletic Conference after defeating the Houston Cougars last week at Bright House Networks Stadium. The win keeps the Knights in the driver’s seat in the American Athletic Conference for the first ever AAC Championship and a berth in a BCS Bowl game.

On offense, the team comes into the contest having scored a total of 81 points in their last two games. The Knights are currently ranked third in the conference in scoring offense averaging 34.8 points per game and second in rushing offense averaging 160 yards per game with 18 touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior defensive back Brandon Alexander is coming off of his first ever American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week award for his seven tackles and one interception performance against the Cougars. This was the third Defensive Player of the Week award for the Knights this season and sixth weekly honor overall.

UCF remains ranked second in the conference in scoring defense giving up only 18.6 points per game. The Knights are also coming off a contest in which they gave up only 14 points against Houston, which was the least amount of points they’ve given up in a conference game this season.

Weather Report

Friday’s forecast calls for cloudiness in the morning and sun in the afternoon with a ten percent chance of rain. The projected high is 60 degrees and the projected low is 47 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

Temple Game Notes

Links / Media Coverage

Above are clips from the Knights' weekly press conference with the media. – George O’Leary Weekly Press Conference 

Orlando Sentinel – UCF, Temple: Two key match-ups for the Knights

Orlando Sentinel – Temple Coach Matt Rhule praises UCF players, coaches – UCF at Temple Preview


Kickoff is set for noon. The game will be broadcast on ESPN Regional and the UCF-IMG College Radio Network. Fans can findout what local channel will broadcast the game by clicking on this link or watch the game on the WatchESPN link.

At the top of this blog is a quick preview of Saturday’s game with “The Voice of the Knights” Marc Daniels and UCF color analyst Pat O’Hara.