LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Blake Bortles threw a 2-yard touchdown to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds left and Central Florida earned probably the biggest victory in program history, stunning No.8 Louisville by rallying for a 38-35 victory Friday night, ending the Cardinals' perfect start.
Down 28-7 midway through the third quarter, the Knights (5-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) scored three touchdowns in a 7:22 span to tie the score.
Storm Johnson had a 1-yard touchdown run and a 20-yard reception for another score, and William Stanback ran 12 yards for the tying score. Shawn Moffitt's 34-yard field goal gave them the lead with 7:36 left.
Louisville (6-1, 2-1) reclaimed the lead on Dominique Brown's 15-yard run with three minutes to go, but the Knights drove 75 yards in 11 plays to take the lead for good on Bortles' TD and then held off the Cardinals' comeback attempt.
It was UCF's second win over a ranked opponent and the first one over a top-10 foe.
The Knights are tied with USF and Houston for first place in the league - a league Louisville is leaving after this season to go to the ACC.
GEORGIA SEEKS REBOUND: Georgia has kept Bulldogs' fans on the edge of their seats in this season of high hopes, tight finishes and an injury list that seems to grow longer with each passing week.
They have no time to relax just yet.
The 15th-ranked Bulldogs visit Vanderbilt today before an open date to rest before the annual showdown with Florida in Jacksonville. Georgia routed Vanderbilt 48-3 in Athens last year, but the Commodores always play tougher at home. Georgia escaped with a 33-28 win in their last visit to Nashville in 2011.
"Playing there is always tough," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "Historically for whatever reason it's been a really tough venue for us to go in and not have a battle royale to the very end. The fact that that's all we've had this year I assume we are going to have another one like that. So Georgia fans, get ready. It's going to be a tough game."
The Bulldogs (4-2, 3-1) are coming off their first SEC loss, 41-26 to Missouri. Running back Todd Gurley might have given the decimated backfield a boost, but he's doubtful and expected to miss a third straight game with his sprained ankle. That leaves Aaron Murray working with freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas.
Georgia tight end Artie Lynch said the Bulldogs just need to focus on trying to beat Vanderbilt and ignore the looming bye week.
"Vanderbilt always plays us tough," Lynch said. "They're no longer the Vanderbilt they once were."
The Commodores (3-3, 0-3) have yet to win a league game this season, but they are 11-4 since last playing Georgia. They are coming off their own open date after being routed 51-28 by Missouri themselves.