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UCF Knights rout UConn to remain atop American Athletic Conference

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles runs past Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood for a 10-yard score to give the Knights a 14-3 lead.

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UCF quarterback Blake Bortles runs past Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood for a 10-yard score to give the Knights a 14-3 lead.

ORLANDO — There was no letdown for the Knights.

Coming off of a massive win on the road last week, No. 23 Central Florida handled business in a dominant 62-17 victory over UConn on Saturday afternoon.

Quarterback Blake Bortles was near-perfect, the defense turned in multiple big plays and the Knights rolled against the winless Huskies in front of an announced 37,924 at Bright House Networks Stadium.

UCF, which remained tied for first with Houston in the American Athletic Conference, sent a message to any voters who overlooked them last week in the polls. In the first half, the Knights racked up 45 points and 338 yards. UCF (6-1, 3-0) scored on its first nine possessions.

"I challenged the kids all week to stay hungry and get after the game, and I thought we went out there and really did a good job in the first half," UCF coach George O'Leary said. "It was productive in the offense and really productive on defense. … I challenged them: You have six championship games counting today and now you've got five of them."

Bortles, a junior, completed 20-of-24 for 286 yards and four touchdowns and added a rushing score in just more than two quarters. The defense had two interceptions and two forced fumbles against the Huskies (0-7, 0-3).

"We were definitely in synch as a unit and we did a great job of moving the ball down the field and executing," Bortles said. "We had good, positive outcomes."

Senior Jeff Godfrey, who had the winning touchdown catch the previous week at Louisville, added three scores — one from backup Justin Holman — against UConn. Junior wideout Rannell Hall rushed for his first career touchdown, a 17-yarder.

UCF scored on all seven of its offensive possessions in the first half and put up its most points in a half since scoring 50 during the first two quarters against Akron on Nov. 3, 2001.

Hall led the team in rushing with five carries for 45 yards and had four catches for 38 yards.

UCF Knights rout UConn to remain atop American Athletic Conference 10/26/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:45pm]
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