Nov. 21, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - UCF had an afternoon to remember in Philadelphia when it topped Temple, 39-36, Nov. 16, including junior quarterback Blake Bortles who put up eye-popping numbers in the win. For his effort, he was the runaway winner of the Manning Award Player of the Week as voted on by fans on Facebook.

Bortles beat out seven other quarterbacks for the weekly award.

A native of Oviedo, Bortles set a career-high with 404 passing yards, which were the 10th most all-time by a Knight and the first time since 2003 against FAU (497) that UCF had at least 400 yards through the air. Bortles also matched a career-high with four touchdown passes.

He finished 27-for-38 with no interceptions vs. the Owls. Three of his touchdown passes went to J.J. Worton, while the fourth went to William Stanback.

Bortles ranks fourth all-time at UCF with 50 career touchdown passes and 6,501 yards in the air.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.

Ten finalists for the honor will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 6.

Bortles and the Knights will be hosting Rutgers Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Bright House Networks Stadium.

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.



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