Showdown Under The Lights

Nov. 21, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – With three games remaining in the season, the No. 17/20 UCF Knights (8-1, 5-0) are getting ready to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4, 2-3) for the first time in school history as a conference opponent. The last time these two teams faced each other was in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl, which RU defeated the Knights 45-24.

UCF enters this contest on a five-game winning streak and will play in its fourth nationally televised game of the year. This is also the Knights’ first Thursday night appearance on ESPN since 2005 at South Carolina.

On offense, the team complied a total of 657 yards against the Temple Owls – which is the third most total yards in a single game in UCF history. Junior quarterback Blake Bortles is coming off a career-high 403 passing yards and four touchdowns in that contest in Philadelphia. Junior receiver J.J. Worton is the reigning American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week for his ten catch 179 yard performance against the Owls, which included an amazing one-handed touchdown grab to tie the game with only 1:06 left to play.

On the defensive side, UCF is currently ranked third in the conference in scoring defense giving up a total of 20.6 points per game. The Knights turnover margin continues to be one of the best in the conference. The team is ranked third with a plus-9 margin and 21 total turnovers on the season.

Thursday night’s game is also a “Gold Rush”, where fans wear gold and students wear black.

Weather Report

Thursday’s forecast for the game calls for a 30 percent chance of rain during the day, which goes down to a 20 percent chance of rain in the evening. The projected high is 80 degrees and the projected low is 68 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

Rutgers Game Notes

Links / Media Coverage – Knight Battle – Quick Turnaround

Orlando Sentinel – Knights now moving on from another thrilling win

The Star-Ledger – Rutgers hoping to back on the offensive against 17th-ranked UCF


Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and the UCF-IMG College Radio Network. Fans can also watch the game on the WatchESPN link.

At the top of this blog is a quick preview of Thursday’s game with Reporter Chip Fontanazza and UCF color analyst Pat O’Hara.