UCF Knight News
12-8-14: The UCF Knights traveled to East Carolina this week to take on the East Carolina Pirates in the final game of the season for both schools. This final American Conference game of the season took place inside East Carolina’s home stadium with a lot on the line for UCF specifically. UCF could clinch at least a share of the AAC Championship with the Memphis Tigers with a victory while East Carolina looks to play the spoiler for the Knights. East Carolina came into the contest on a two game winning streak and a 8-3 record with a 5-2 conference record while UCF had won three straight entering the contest pushing their record to 8-3 and 6-1 in the AAC.
The UCF Knights came out of the gate struggling to move the football in the first quarter although the team did finish with two field goals. The Knights defense did well in the first frame and would have shutout the Pirates if it were not for a fumble recovery from East Carolina’s Marquez Grayson that ended in a touchdown and blocked PAT. These teams went into the second quarter tied at 6-6 before UCF’s offense picked up the tempo a bit scoring the next 17 points as a part of 20 unanswered points in the half for the Knights. East Carolina stringed together a nine play drive before the half gaining 55 yards but the clock was not their friend as the team was forced to attempt and make a field goal before the half to head to the locker rooms with a 23-9 deficit to UCF. The defenses took over in the third quarter as a UCF 31 yard field goal from Shawn Moffitt was the only scoring drive setting up what ended up being an exciting fourth quarter. East Carolina knew they had a large deficit to make up in the final 15 minutes of their season and the team reacted with a touchdown pass in each of their first two possessions in the fourth quarter to pull back to within 26-23 UCF. Shane Carden, the East Carolina quarterback, led another charge with just above five minutes left in the game which resulted in his third passing touchdown of the quarter which gave the Pirates a late 30-36 lead over UCF. The Knights defense was discouraged after giving up a big lead and it was up to Justin Holman and a Hail Mary with just 0:10 left in the contest. Holman took the ball and promptly threw a 14 yard pass and called a time out setting up the final play of the game. Holman took the snap out of the shotgun and promptly threw the ball into the end zone and as time expired UCF’s wide receiver Breshad Perriman came down with it giving UCF a thrilling 32-30 victory over East Carolina.
With the victory UCF finished with a 9-3 record and a 7-1 American Conference record clinching a share of the AAC Championship with the Memphis Tigers and the Cincinnati Bearcats. With the loss East Carolina’s record fell to 8-4 while their conference record dropped to 5-3 to end their season. Congratulations to both teams on great seasons from both schools and an extra set of congratulations to UCF on their share of the AAC Championship.
11-9-14: The UCF Knights took the week off to prepare for their next game two weeks from now on Friday, November 14 at home in Bright House Networks Stadium against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. UCF had their five game winning streak last week at the hands of UConn as the team’s record dropped to 5-3 and 3-1 in their conference. Tulsa has had a tough season that only got worse with their seventh straight loss which dropped their overall record to 1-7 and 1-3 in their conference. While UCF is resting and preparing for Tulsa this week the Golden Hurricane is hosting a winless SMU team as a primer game for the showdown with the Knights. UCF has a stingy defense that is only allowing 21.4 points per game this season but Tulsa has the 18th best passing game in the nation averaging 295.1 yards per game making this the classic offense vs. defense type game. While Tulsa may throw the ball efficiently their offense is definitely one-dimensional as the team struggles to run the football and score points when QB Dane Evans isn’t at his best. UCF’s quarterback Justin Holman and running back William Stanback will have to lead an anemic Knights offense if UCF wants to win in this contest. Get your UCF tickets for next Friday’s home game at Bright House Networks Stadium as the Knights host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The game will be played at 8:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN2 on television.
11-3-14: The UCF Knights traveled to Connecticut to take on the UConn Huskies on the road in Rentschler Field in a non-conference game. UCF came into the game riding high on a five game winning streak that improved their record to 5-2 while UConn came into the contest losers of five straight and sporting an overall record of 1-6 on the season. UCF’s offense was on full display in this one as the Knights put up 429 yards of total offense including 284 yards in the air off UCF’s QB Justin Holman. Holman finished with two touchdown passes in the contest but also threw four interceptions that ended up deciding this contest for UCF. UConn took advantage of the four INT’s and two UCF turnovers on downs to put up 327 yards of total offense and 37 points. UConn went on to win the game for their first conference victory of the season by the score of 37-29 after UCF made it interesting late in the fourth quarter. UCF’s record dropped to 5-3 and 3-1 in the American Conference while UConn’s record improved to 2-6 and 1-4 in the conference this season. Get your UCF tickets for the game two Friday’s from now on November, 14 when the Knights host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at home in Central Florida. The game will be played at 8:00 pm ET and can be seen on television on ESPN2.
10-27-14: The UCF Knights hosted the Temple Owls this week at home in Bright House Networks Stadium in a non-conference game for both teams. UCF came into the contest riding high on a four game winning streak that improved their overall record to 4-2 and 2-0 in their conference while Temple lost last week to Houston to drop their record to 4-2 and 2-1 in the conference. UCF looked well on their way to their fifth straight win after one quarter as the Knights led 17-0 after dominating the contest. Temple inched back in the second quarter but UCF put some space between them and the Owls in the third quarter with William Stanback’s second touchdown run of the game as the Knights took a 34-14 lead into the fourth quarter. The game would end by that same score 34-14 in favor of the Knights for their fifth straight victory on the season. UCF improved their record to 5-2 on the season while Temple dropped their record to 4-3 in 2014. Get your UCF tickets for the next Knights game as the team travels to Connecticut to take on the UConn Huskies next Saturday on the road in Rentschler Field. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and the television schedule has yet to be determined.
10-20-14: The UCF Knights hosted the Tulane Green Wave this week at home in Bright House Networks Stadium. UCF came into the contest with a three game winning streak and a 3-2 overall record while Tulane sported a 2-4 record heading into the contest. UCF was quiet in the first quarter as Tulane led 3-0 after the first 15 minutes but the Knights erupted in the second quarter for 13 points to take a 13-3 record into halftime against the Green Wave. The two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter and Tulane put up a score late in the fourth to make things interesting but the Knights held on for the 20-13 victory. UCF has now won four straight games and have improved their overall record to 4-2 while Tulane drops their own record to 2-5 on the season. UCF’s defense was the star of the game as Tulane out-gained the Knights offensively in terms of total yardage. UCF turned the football over seven times in the contest but still held on for the win thanks to their defense which caused six Tulane turnovers including four turnovers on downs. Get your UCF tickets for the next Knights game as the team travels home next Saturday to take on the Temple Owls at home in Bright House Networks Stadium. The game will be played at 5:00 pm ET and will not be nationally televised.
10-15-14: The UCF Knights hosted the BYU Cougars in a Thursday night college football game at home in Bright House Networks Stadium this week. BYU dropped their record to 4-1 with their loss last week while UCF was riding a two game winning streak to even their record at 2-2. BYU was a huge favorite coming into the contest but UCF jumped all over the Cougars early as the Knights put up two first quarter scoring drives to take a 10-0 lead. BYU finally got on the board with a field goal of their own at the 5:12 mark to inch within 10-3 and would head into halftime trailing by that same score. BYU came out of the gates in the second half on fire in the second half and put up three quick touchdown drives all off the arm of Cougars quarterback Christian Stewart to take a 24-10 lead. UCF would answer with a touchdown of their own late in the third quarter as the Knights inched closer at 24-17 setting up a dramatic fourth quarter. UCF scored quickly in the fourth quarter to tie the game and eventually put the game into overtime. UCF overcame four turnovers in the game and won the game by the score of 31-24 when QB Justin Holman threw a four yard touchdown pass to William Stanback to cap off a five play 25 yard drive. UCF has now won three games in a row while BYU has dropped their second straight game this season. Be sure to get your UCF tickets for the next Knights game next Saturday as the team host the Tulane Green Wave at home in Bright House Networks Stadium. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN U and ESPNNews.
10-6-14: The UCF Knights traveled to the great state of Texas this week and faced off with the Houston Cougars football team in Houston Football Stadium. This was a rare Thursday night college football game that saw UCF bring in a 1-2 record with them to face off with the 2-2 Houston team. This was a low scoring contest in which both teams struggled to get the ball moving much in the game. UCF only managed 228 yards of total offense, 101 in the air and 127 on the ground, while Houston managed 331 yards, 214 yards in the air and 117 on the ground, in a game that only saw a combined 29 points. There were only two touchdowns scored in the contest while five field goals were kicked in the contest. UCF had both of the touchdowns in the contest and ended up winning the game by the score of 17-12. UCF improved their record to an even 2-2 record and extended their winning streak to two while Houston’s record dropped to 2-3 as the team continues to alternate wins and losses this season. Not a single UCF wide receiver caught more than one pass from the Knights QB Justin Holman while Holman threw for 101 yards with two touchdowns on six completions in 18 attempts. Holman also had the second most rushing attempts in the game with nine while he ran for 32 yards. Houston’s inability to hold onto the ball ended up being the deciding factor in the game as the Cougars turned the ball over four times, one forced fumble, one turnover on downs, and two interceptions, even though the team had twice as many first downs as UCF. Be sure to grab some UCF tickets for the next Knights game next Thursday as they take on the #18 BYU Cougars on the road in Florida. The game will be played at 7:30 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.
10-1-14: The UCF Knights had the week as the team took an extra seven days to prepare for the Houston Cougars. UCF is fresh off their first victory of the season when they beat Bethune-Cookman in convincing fashion after losing their first two games of the season. Houston is also off this week after splitting their first four contests of the young College Football season. UCF’s offensive attack has struggled this season so far as the team has only been able to average 204.3 passing yards per game and 94.3 rushing yards per game. With those numbers the Knights are only the 95th best passing team in the nation and have 116 better rushing teams in front of them in 2014. UCF will have to improve on these numbers and will have to average more than 25 points per game if they want to beat the Houston Cougars next week. Get your tickets for next week’s game between the UCF Knights and the Houston Cougars as these two teams will play on Thursday, October 2. The game will be played at 7:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.
9-22-14: The UCF Knights went into this week still searching for their first win of the young college football season when they hosted the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. UCF is 0-2 on the young season while Bethune-Cookman is 2-0 as a member of the MEAC Conference. For much of the game UCF played like the undefeated team while Bethune-Cookman played much like a team searching for their first win of the season, especially in the first half of the game. Bethune-Cookman actually held a 7-3 lead in this game after one quarter but UCF responded with two touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter to take a 20-7 lead at half time. UCF got the ball out of the second half and quickly marched right down the field again in 1:32 seconds for another touchdown to give the Knights a dominating 27-7 lead over the Wildcats. Bethune-Cookman would not find the end zone for the rest of the game and UCF tacked on two more touchdowns late to ultimately win the game by the score of 41-7. UCF is finally off the snide with their first victory of the season and any hopes of having a perfect season are now out the window over at Bethune-Cookman. Get your UCF tickets for the Knights next game next week when they host the Florida Tech Panthers at home in Bright House Networks Stadium. The game will be played at 4:00 pm ET and will not be televised on any of the national media networks.
9-16-14: The UCF Knights faced a tough competitor this week in the SEC’s Missouri Tigers on the road in Memorial Stadium/ Farout Field. If facing a tough and undefeated SEC school wasn’t enough for the Knights to deal with the game was also showcased on the SEC Network so all eyes were on UCF and Missouri. UCF let the bright lights and the Missouri defense get the best of them and got blown out on the road by the score of 38-10. Missouri controlled all aspects of this game as UCF could not stop the running game or the passing game of the Tigers. UCF also did not help their own cause with six penalties for 58 yards as UCF could not score past the 12:17 mark in the second quarter. The defense allowed 144 passing yards from Missouri Maty Mauk and allowed 94 rushing yards to Marcus Murphy in the game. This was not the blowout the score would suggest as the two teams actually played a close game but Missouri was able to get the ball in the end zone when UCF was not and that was the deciding factor in this game. Next week the Knights have a bit of an easier week as they travel home to host the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. Get your tickets for the game now as this one will be showcased on ESPN3 at 6:00pm ET.
9-8-14: The UCF Knights are off this week as they prepare to host the Top 25 ranked Missouri Tigers out of the SEC conference. The Knights will travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers in Memorial Stadium/ Faurot Field which is a tough task for any team, especially the Knights. In the first game of the season the UCF Knights lost a close game to the Penn State Nittany Lions 26-24. The Knights could not get the running game going as they only rushed for 24 yards in the contest while they were able to pass for 222 yards. Justin Holman the quarterback and Dontravious Wilson the running back will look to set the tone early for the Knights in a tough game with the Tigers. Missouri is 2-0 so far this season after convincing victories over South Dakota State and Toledo on the road. Get your tickets for the game next week as these two teams will play at 12:00 pm ET on the new SEC Network.