Penn State won a thrilling season opener with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Central Florida 26-24 in front of a raucous 55,000-strong crowd in Ireland.
Central Florida stayed in the game long after SMU’s bid for an early blowout in yet another home win.
The University of Central Florida Golden Knights will have some big shoes to fill heading into the 2014 campaign. UCF quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson announced Monday they will forego their senior seasons and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Blake Bortles threw for 242 yards and ran for two touchdowns as No. 15 UCF celebrated a BCS bid already in hand by rallying to beat SMU 17-13 Saturday in front of just a few hundred fans who braved a brutal ice storm.
No. 15 UCF has already secured the school’s first BCS bid. So the Knights will move on to other things when they finish the regular season Saturday at SMU.
Rutgers’ once promising season has come down to this: win against South Florida or stay home and skip the bowl circuit.
Located just 85 miles apart, South Florida and UCF have on paper always seemed like natural rivals.
UCF came into this season used to being overlooked nationally as it chased meaningful attention in a football landscape that includes three more tradition-rich in-state programs.
Blake Bortles and Central Florida had one last rally left, and it was enough to topple Teddy Bridgewater and No. 8 Louisville.
The University of Central Florida has a chance to cement a bid to the Liberty Bowl if it can capture the Conference USA championship on Saturday.