The Knights were victorious in the Fiesta Bowl, upsetting the sixth-ranked Baylor Bears 52–42 for the first BCS bowl victory in program history. Running back Storm Johnson rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns. 12 Houston in 2009. Bortles made three straight completions to move to the Temple 30. UCF forced Temple to punt on their next two possessions. With the win, UCF improved to 2–0 for the second time since 1999. , Running back Storm Johnson rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns.  First playing football in 1979, UCF became the youngest program to win a BCS bowl game (35 seasons). Trailing with under five minutes left in regulation, Blake Bortles found Breshad Perriman for a 52-yard go-ahead touchdown reception. 8 Louisville in a nationally televised Friday primetime game on ESPN. at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Four games were won by scores inside the final five minutes, and another was won by a last-second goal line stand, earning the team the nickname the "Cardiac Knights. The defense knocked South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw out of the game with an injured shoulder. UCF is one of only nineteen FBS schools, and the only member of The American, to not play an opponent from the FCS. In the final two minutes, UCF's defense forced another SMU turnover on downs, and the Knights secured the victory. A two-point conversion made the score 36–29 in favor of the Owls. With 1:06 left, Bortles was under pressure, rolling out to his left. In the second half, however, the Gamecocks scored 28 unanswered points, two of the touchdowns off of UCF turnovers.  Quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 335 yards, one touchdown pass, and ran for another touchdown, as UCF routed Rutgers by the score of 41–17. Facing 2nd & 10 at the Mustangs 15 yard line, Bortles rolled out to his left, avoided tackles, and ran the ball in just inside the pylon for the go-ahead touchdown. Rather than playing for overtime, Rannell Hall urged Bortles in the huddle to go deep against the Temple defense, which appeared unprepared for the play. With 1:20 left in the fourth quarter and charging down the field, South Florida quarterback Mike White was intercepted by Jordan Ozerities, and he returned the ball 52 yards to the Bulls 37 yard line. After the victory, UCF rose to No. The play ended with McMillian ejected from the field for targeting. The score tightened to 28–21. , Quarterback Blake Bortles led the program to its first victories over teams from the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences, by defeating Penn State and Baylor respectively. With the championship, UCF earned The American's automatic berth to a BCS bowl game, the first major bowl appearance in school history. " Running back Storm Johnson fumbled the ball on UCF's first two drives, including a drop at the Bulls 10 yard line. The Knights responded with a nine-play, 76-yard drive to retake the lead.  In the third quarter, Blake Bortles led the Knights on two touchdown scoring drives to take the lead for good.  In April 2013, the university won their appeal, the postseason ban was dropped entirely, and the team became bowl-eligible for the 2013–14 season. Baylor Bears. The Knights scored a safety and field goal in the first quarter. UCF trailed 17–10 late in the fourth quarter, but pulled off a come from behind victory with two touchdowns in 9 seconds. A touchdown in the fourth quarter put the game well out of reach, and the Knights lengthened their winning streak to six straight. It featured the South Carolina Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) versus the Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten Conference. Trailing 28–10, UCF started a rally, with Blake Bortles connecting to Rannell Hall for a 73-yard touchdown reception. An onside kick attempt by UCF failed, and South Carolina was able to run out the clock to secure the victory. In the final minute, Memphis drove to the UCF 6 yard line, but quarterback Brandon Hayes was intercepted in the endzone, and the Knights secured a 24–17 victory. The Owls (1–7) were in position most of the afternoon to potentially upset the 15th-ranked Knights. Baylor scored quickly after the break, tying the game on a two-point conversion. The Knights defense, however, was not able to keep Temple at bay.  The game was the third meeting between the Knights and Nittany Lions, with Penn State winning the previous two games (2002, 27–24; 2004, 37–13). Blake Bortles completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey in the right corner of the endzone with 23 seconds left. It was their fourth comeback win of the season. The Knights were members of the American Athletic Conference (The American), and played their home games at Bright House Networks Stadium on UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida. On the second play of the game, Bortles connected with wide receiver Breshad Perriman for a 91-yard touchdown pass, and opened a lead the Knights would not surrender. (Adam Yates Kick), Ace Sanders 31 Yd pass from Connor Shaw. Rannell Hall caught four passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. 22 in the Coaches Poll, and remained steady at No. The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks had met twice before, in the 1980s, and entered this contest with the series tied at 1-1. After an SMU field goal, Bortles led the Knights on the go-ahead drive in the waning seconds of the third quarter. The Bears scored two touchdowns but botched a snap on an extra point to come within one point with eight minutes left in the second. The temperature at kickoff was 24 °F (−4 °C), with a wind chill of 13 °F (−11 °C). With just over eight minutes left in the third quarter, Bortles punched into the endzone with a QB sneak for UCF's first touchdown, and a 10–10 tie. Fewer than 1,000 spectators were in attendance, after the city of Dallas had been nearly shut down by an ice storm. (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed), Jeremy Gallon 17 Yd pass from Devin Gardner. The Knights never trailed the entire game. The Knights entered the season unranked in the preseason polls.  They provided their own uniforms and paid their own train fare in order to participate in the game.  UCF forced Temple to punt, and received the ball with 28 seconds left in regulation. ET on ESPN. The team slipped a couple spots in all three polls after their last second, come-from-behind victory at Temple, a game in which they struggled most of the early going. The Gamecocks have the favorable … Walker (2-point conversion), 02:04 (TEM 36–29), UCF – J.J. 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Worton, Chris Martin, William Stanback, Shawn Moffitt, Clayton Geathers, Best record: 11–1 (regular season), 12–1 (final including bowl game), Best away record: 7-0 (including bowl game), Best regular season conference record: 8–0, Most wins by senior class: 38 (2010–2013), Most field goals made, season: Shawn Moffitt, 21, This page was last edited on 16 September 2020, at 16:49.