Friday, January 19, 2018
Colleges

UCF routs FIU behind Bortles

MIAMI — The scoreboard found it difficult to keep up with UCF, malfunctioning early in the game when it showed the Knights leading Florida International 87-0.

Though the game wasn't quite that lopsided, Blake Bortles threw for 219 yards and a touchdown and the Knights improved to 2-0 for only the second time since 1999 by winning 38-0 Friday night (see summary, 6C).

"We did some good things on offense," Bortles said. "It was a good performance, a good win."

Storm Johnson ran for 89 yards and three scores. Florida International (0-2) totaled 173 yards, averaged 1.1 yards per rush and was shut out for the first time since 2008.

Bortles went 12 for 19 in three quarters. Rannell Hall had four catches for 127 yards, all in the first half to help the Knights build a 24-0 lead.

"You've got to stay on top of people and keep your foot on the gas, and I thought we did," coach George O'Leary said.

The Knights avenged a September loss two years ago at FIU that sent their season into a tailspin.

"That was a sour taste in our mouths," Bortles said. "We wanted to make sure that didn't happen again, and we took care of business."

The Knights, who face Penn State next, have outscored their opponents 76-7. FIU has been outscored 81-10.

"One thing we are not going to do is we are not going to panic," first-year Panthers coach Ron Turner said. "We believe in our team, believe in our players. We have to stay the course."

Bortles was efficient from the start. He ran for a first down on third and 15, then capped the drive with a 1-yard sneak for a TD. He threw long to Hall for a 59-yard gain to set up the final TD of the first half. Johnson, a transfer, scored on runs of 2, 15 and 2 yards.

BC 24, Wake Forest 10: Andre Williams ran 35 times for 204 yards and a TD, and cornerback Bryce Jones had an interception and a fumble recovery for the host Eagles (2-0, 1-0 ACC). Alex Amidon caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown for BC, which matched its victory total from last season, when Frank Spaziani was fired as coach and replaced by former Florida assistant Steve Addazio. Michael Campanaro caught five passes for 86 yards and a touchdown for Wake Forest (1-1, 0-1).

Colorado: Backup quarterback Jordan Webb was sentenced to two years of probation for a May fight that left an Air Force Academy cadet unconscious. Webb, 22, also was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and get alcohol treatment, the Daily Camera of Boulder reported.

North Carolina State: Pete Thomas will make his first start at quarterback for the Wolfpack tonight against Richmond. He replaces Brandon Mitchell, who broke his foot in the first quarter of the opener last week against Louisiana Tech.

Syracuse: Senior wide receiver Adrian Flemming is out for the season with a lower body injury, collegefootballtalk.com reported. A school release did not specify the nature of the injury, only that he's expected to have surgery this weekend.

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