NEW ORLEANS — UCF freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey said the Knights were hungry for redemption.
After falling to Southern Miss last week and losing the first Top 25 ranking in school history, the Knights practiced angry and played just as angry.
The frustration fueled UCF's 61-14 rout of Tulane on Saturday at the Louisiana Superdome.
"We just wanted to redeem ourselves this game, and that's what we came out and did," Godfrey said. "We had a chip on our shoulder. We went out there and just wanted to play football. We really wanted to get that win after that loss, and that's what we did."
The Knights (8-3, 6-1 Conference USA) remain atop the East Division standings and will host the conference title game with a win at Memphis on Saturday.
UCF pounced on Tulane (4-7, 2-5) early and never let up.
Receiver Quincy McDuffie returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and the defense forced Tulane to punt. A few plays later, Godfrey found McDuffie for a 28-yard touchdown and 14-0 lead.
Godfrey finished 6-of-8 for 133 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two scores. Running back Latavius Murray had a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
"I thought we did an excellent job coming out ready to play, and we didn't let off the gas," defensive end Bruce Miller said. "We kept going."
Texas 51, FAU 17: Garrett Gilbert threw two long touchdowns and linebacker Emmanuel Acho had a 57-yard interception return for a score as the host Longhorns snapped a four-game skid. Texas must beat No. 18 Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night to become bowl eligible and avoid its first losing season since 1997.
FIU 38, La.-Lafayette 17: Darriet Perry scored three second-half touchdowns, and the visiting Golden Panthers (5-5, 5-1) added a defensive score late in the third quarter to remain in first place in the Sun Belt Conference. Florida International can clinch its first conference title with a win in one of its remaining two games.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.