Central Florida 23, South Florida 20

Date - Friday, November 29, 2013 8:00 PM
Location - Bright House Networks Stadium
Attendance - 45952

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
South Florida 3 3 7 7 20
Central Florida 3 10 3 7 23

Recap


No. 19 Central Florida 23, South Florida 20: Blake Bortles threw the game-winning touchdown pass with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter as the Knights clinched a share of the American Athletic Conference title with a home win over the Bulls.

Central Florida (10-1, 7-0 AAC) overcame five turnovers and a 1-for-9 performance on third down to win its seventh straight game and remain in position to clinch a BCS bowl berth with a victory over Southern Methodist next week. Bortles finished 17-of-26 for 219 yards and touchdown passes to Breshad Perriman and Justin Tukes.

South Florida (2-9, 2-5) won each of the previous four all-time meetings with Central Florida but was doomed by an inconsistent rushing attack and two turnovers, not to mention 11 penalties for 89 yards. Marcus Shaw and Chris Dunkley each rushed for a touchdown for the Bulls, while Mike White was 15-of-34 for 211 yards with a late interception.

The Knights led 13-6 after an ugly first half in which they committed three turnovers and the Bulls gained 83 total yards, including zero on 14 rushing attempts. UCF actually trailed 6-3 with under two minutes left in the half before Bortles' 8-yard touchdown pass to Tukes and a 24-yard field goal by Shawn Moffitt created a 10-point advantage. 

South Florida rallied to regain the lead 20-16 on Shaw's 1-yard plunge with 14:17 left in the contest, but the Bulls failed to extend their lead when standout kicker Marvin Kloss missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt with just over five minutes to go. Three plays later, Bortles found a streaking Perriman down the left sideline for the decisive score, and Jordan Ozerities intercepted White with 1:20 remaining to seal the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Kloss, who entered already holding the school's single-season record for field goals of 40-plus yards (nine), made kicks of 46 and 42 yards in the first half. ... Shaw led South Florida with 67 rushing yards, while Storm Johnson had 62 to pace Central Florida. ... The Bulls previously had faced two ranked teams this season, losing to Miami and Louisville by a combined score of 83-24. 
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:35
South Florida   FG  Central Florida 0 - South Florida 3
1st Quarter - 1:20
Central Florida   FG  Central Florida 3 - South Florida 3
2nd Quarter - 11:53
South Florida   FG  Central Florida 3 - South Florida 6
2nd Quarter - 1:22
Central Florida   TD  Central Florida 10 - South Florida 6
2nd Quarter - 0:05
Central Florida   FG  Central Florida 13 - South Florida 6
3rd Quarter - 5:43
South Florida   TD  Central Florida 13 - South Florida 13
3rd Quarter - 4:06
Central Florida   FG  Central Florida 16 - South Florida 13
4th Quarter - 14:17
South Florida   TD  Central Florida 16 - South Florida 20
4th Quarter - 4:50
Central Florida   TD  Central Florida 23 - South Florida 20
TEAMS

Team Records

  South Florida Central Florida
W/L 2 - 9 - 0 10 - 1 - 0
Conference 2 - 5 - 0 7 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  South Florida Central Florida
Score 20 23
First Downs 13 18
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-17
41%
1-for-9
11%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 294 296
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 33-83 30-77
Average/Rush 2.5 2.6
Passing
Comp-Att 15-34 17-27
Passing Yards 211 219
Average/Pass Play 6.0 7.3
Penalties-Yards 11-89 6-47
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-3
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Time of Possession 32:02 27:58

PLAYER STATS

South Florida (2 - 9)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. White 15/34 211 0 1
Central Florida (10 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Bortles 17/26 219 2 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Shaw 21 67 3.2 1
C. Dunkley 2 17 8.5 1
W. Davis 4 7 1.8 0
S. Bench 1 4 4.0 0
M. White 1 -4 -4.0 0
D. Hopkins 1 -4 -4.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Johnson 10 62 6.2 0
W. Stanback 10 33 3.3 0
R. Hall 1 4 4.0 0
B. Bortles 6 -14 -2.3 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Davis 7 87 12.4 0
S. Price 3 55 18.3 0
C. Dunkley 1 19 19.0 0
R. Gonzalez 1 18 18.0 0
M. Shaw 1 14 14.0 0
M. McFarland 1 9 9.0 0
R. Eppes 1 9 9.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Perriman 2 69 34.5 1
W. Stanback 6 69 11.5 0
R. Hall 4 48 12.0 0
J. Reese 1 18 18.0 0
J. Tukes 2 13 6.5 1
S. Johnson 2 2 1.0 0