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UCF Knights beat Texas-El Paso for sixth straight win

Knights receiver Rannell Hall, right, battles UTEP defensive back DeShawn Grayson.

Associated Press

Knights receiver Rannell Hall, right, battles UTEP defensive back DeShawn Grayson.

EL PASO, Texas — Blake Bortles ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Latavius Murray rushed for a touchdown to break a fourth-quarter tie as UCF defeated Texas-El Paso 31-24 Saturday night.

Bortles scored on 2-yard and 10-yard runs, and he threw a 46-yard pass to Jeff Godfrey for a touchdown. Murray's 46-yard touchdown run gave UCF (8-2, 6-0 Conference USA) the lead for good. The senior finished with 23 carries for 117 yards.

The Knights defense forced four turnovers as UCF won its sixth in a row. The Knights are one win away from securing the C-USA East Division title and a berth in the conference champion­ship game.

Bortles was 16-of-27 for 214 yards, and he was sacked three times.

Shawn Moffitt added a 30-yard field goal.

UTEP (2-8, 1-5) scored on its ground game. Jeffery Nathan rushed for two touchdowns, including a 69-yard run to even the score at 24 in the fourth quarter. Blaire Sullivan was 5-of-11 for 79 yards for the Miners.

Early on, Murray had trouble finding running room behind the offensive line, but after UTEP erased a two-touchdown deficit to tie the score at 24, Murray took an inside handoff, bounced between tacklers, found some room in the middle and outraced the last defender for a 46-yard touchdown with 5:25 remaining.

UCF Knights beat Texas-El Paso for sixth straight win 11/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 11:50pm]
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