Central Florida 34, Penn State 31

Date - Saturday, September 14, 2013 6:00 PM
Location - Beaver Stadium
Attendance - 92855

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Central Florida 7 14 10 3 34
Penn State 7 3 7 14 31

Recap


Central Florida 34, Penn State 31: Blake Bortles passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns and Storm Johnson rushed for 117 yards and a score as the visiting Knights held on for their first 3-0 start since 1988.

Bortles went 20-for-27 and hit J.J. Worton seven times for 101 yards and a touchdown. Josh Reese and Johnson also caught touchdown passes for Central Florida (3-0), which earned its first win against a Big Ten team.

Allen Robinson hauled in nine catches for 143 yards and a touchdown for Penn State (2-1), which saw the end of its four-game win streak dating back to last season. Zach Zwinak rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns but lost a fumble to kill a Lions drive, trailing by 10 with 5:43 to play in the fourth quarter.

Bortles threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes and Johnson ripped off a 58-yard touchdown run in the first half as Central Florida built a 21-7 lead before Sam Ficken's 47-yard field goal cut it to 21-10 at halftime. Bortles' 25-yard scoring pass to Reese padded the margin early in the third, but Zwinak punched in a pair of touchdowns while the Knights settled for field goals to trim it to 34-24.

Zwinak’s fumble stalled Penn State's rally attempt, but a bad punt snap gave the Nittany Lions the ball back on the Knights' 25 and set up Christian Hackenberg's 5-yard scoring toss to Robinson. The Knights iced it when Bortles connected with Worton for 13 yards to convert a first down, then ran out the clock.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Central Florida improved to 1-7 versus Big Ten teams. … Bortles' interception in the second quarter was his first in 232 attempts dating to last season. … Ficken came up short on a 57-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half, ending his school-record streak of 15 consecutive made field goals. 
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:13
Central Florida   TD  Penn State 0 - Central Florida 7
1st Quarter - 4:26
Penn State   TD  Penn State 7 - Central Florida 7
2nd Quarter - 13:57
Central Florida   TD  Penn State 7 - Central Florida 14
2nd Quarter - 8:51
Central Florida   TD  Penn State 7 - Central Florida 21
2nd Quarter - 3:33
Penn State   FG  Penn State 10 - Central Florida 21
3rd Quarter - 8:46
Central Florida   TD  Penn State 10 - Central Florida 28
3rd Quarter - 7:23
Penn State   TD  Penn State 17 - Central Florida 28
3rd Quarter - 2:30
Central Florida   FG  Penn State 17 - Central Florida 31
4th Quarter - 13:35
Penn State   TD  Penn State 24 - Central Florida 31
4th Quarter - 8:10
Central Florida   FG  Penn State 24 - Central Florida 34
4th Quarter - 2:51
Penn State   TD  Penn State 31 - Central Florida 34
TEAMS

Team Records

  Central Florida Penn State
W/L 3 - 0 - 0 2 - 1 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Central Florida Penn State
Score 34 31
First Downs 20 24
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-12
58%
2-for-8
25%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 507 455
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 38-219 35-193
Average/Rush 5.8 5.5
Passing
Comp-Att 20-27 21-29
Passing Yards 288 262
Average/Pass Play 10.7 8.7
Penalties-Yards 6-62 5-33
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 32:37 27:23

PLAYER STATS

Central Florida (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Bortles 20/27 288 3 1
Penn State (2 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Hackenberg 21/28 262 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Johnson 17 117 6.9 1
J. Godfrey 3 50 16.7 0
W. Stanback 9 36 4.0 0
R. Hall 3 12 4.0 0
B. Bortles 5 5 1.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
Z. Zwinak 21 128 6.1 3
B. Belton 5 36 7.2 0
A. Lynch 5 32 6.4 0
C. Hackenberg 4 -3 -0.8 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Worton 7 101 14.4 1
J. Reese 3 68 22.7 1
B. Perriman 4 56 14.0 0
R. Hall 4 31 7.8 0
J. Godfrey 1 28 28.0 0
S. Johnson 1 4 4.0 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Robinson 9 143 15.9 1
J. James 2 30 15.0 0
K. Carter 2 23 11.5 0
A. Breneman 4 22 5.5 0
R. Anderson 2 21 10.5 0
Z. Zwinak 1 19 19.0 0
B. Felder 1 4 4.0 0