Central Florida 52, Baylor 42

Date - Wednesday, January 1, 2014 8:30 PM
Location - University of Phoenix Stadium
Attendance - 65172

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Central Florida 14 14 7 17 52
Baylor 7 13 8 14 42

Recap


No. 15 Central Florida 52, No. 5 Baylor 42: Blake Bortles threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a career-high 93 yards and another score as the Knights stunned the Bears to win the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Storm Johnson added 124 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Central Florida (12-1) produced the most points of any Baylor opponent this year. The Knights won their school-record ninth straight game behind a balanced offense and gritty defense that held Baylor 11 points below its season average.

Johnson’s two early touchdowns gave the Knights a 14-0 lead, and the American Athletic Conference champions never trailed. While the Knights were the more physical team, Baylor (11-2) proved undisciplined, committing 17 penalties for 135 yards.

Bears quarterback Bryce Petty ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more, hitting 30-of-47 throws for 356 yards. Lache Seastrunk added 117 yards on 17 carries for Baylor, which won 11 games for the first time in school history but failed to win its third straight bowl.

Baylor trailed 28-20 at halftime before Petty tied it with his third rushing score and a two-point conversion run. Bortles’ 10-yard scoring strike to Breshad Perriman put Central Florida ahead for good with 5:38 left in the third quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Central Florida's Rannell Hall caught four passes for a team-high 113 yards, including 50- and 34-yard touchdowns in the second quarter. … Bears senior receiver Tevin Reese returned after missing four games with a dislocated wrist and caught five passes for 43 yards. ... In what was the highest-scoring BCS bowl game ever, the Knights won their third straight bowl after losing their first three.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:24
Central Florida   TD  Baylor 0 - Central Florida 7
1st Quarter - 7:46
Central Florida   TD  Baylor 0 - Central Florida 14
1st Quarter - 3:49
Baylor   TD  Baylor 7 - Central Florida 14
2nd Quarter - 8:01
Baylor   TD  Baylor 13 - Central Florida 14
2nd Quarter - 5:05
Central Florida   TD  Baylor 13 - Central Florida 21
2nd Quarter - 2:55
Baylor   TD  Baylor 20 - Central Florida 21
2nd Quarter - 0:44
Central Florida   TD  Baylor 20 - Central Florida 28
3rd Quarter - 10:18
Baylor   TD  Baylor 28 - Central Florida 28
3rd Quarter - 5:38
Central Florida   TD  Baylor 28 - Central Florida 35
4th Quarter - 13:37
Central Florida   TD  Baylor 28 - Central Florida 42
4th Quarter - 12:16
Baylor   TD  Baylor 35 - Central Florida 42
4th Quarter - 10:26
Central Florida   TD  Baylor 35 - Central Florida 49
4th Quarter - 4:44
Central Florida   FG  Baylor 35 - Central Florida 52
4th Quarter - 1:15
Baylor   TD  Baylor 42 - Central Florida 52
TEAMS

Team Records

  Central Florida Baylor
W/L 12 - 1 - 0 11 - 2 - 0
Conference 8 - 0 - 0 8 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Central Florida Baylor
Score 52 42
First Downs 29 27
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-11
55%
9-for-18
50%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 556 550
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 44-255 38-194
Average/Rush 5.8 5.1
Passing
Comp-Att 20-31 30-47
Passing Yards 301 356
Average/Pass Play 9.7 7.3
Penalties-Yards 4-40 17-135
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Time of Possession 34:47 25:13

PLAYER STATS

Central Florida (12 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Bortles 20/31 301 3 2
Baylor (11 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Petty 30/47 356 2 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Johnson 20 124 6.2 3
B. Bortles 8 93 11.6 1
W. Stanback 13 33 2.5 0
J. Godfrey 1 7 7.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Seastrunk 17 117 6.9 0
A. Goodley 1 22 22.0 0
G. Martin 6 19 3.2 1
S. Linwood 3 19 6.3 0
B. Petty 11 17 1.5 3
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Hall 4 113 28.2 2
J. Godfrey 5 60 12.0 0
J. Worton 5 56 11.2 0
B. Perriman 3 48 16.0 1
W. Stanback 2 25 12.5 0
S. Johnson 1 -1 -1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Coleman 7 88 12.6 0
J. Lee 5 80 16.0 0
L. Norwood 4 63 15.8 1
C. Fuller 3 52 17.3 1
T. Reese 5 43 8.6 0
A. Goodley 4 20 5.0 0
J. Najvar 1 7 7.0 0
S. Linwood 1 3 3.0 0