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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Knights Fall to Rutgers in St. Pete Bowl

Filed under: Animal Welfare,UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 04:24

UCF wide receiver Rocky Ross runs the ball in the first quarter of the St. Petersburg Bowl game between the UCF Knights and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Unfortunately, the success of the UCF Knights’ (8-5; 6-2 C-USA) regular season didn’t translate over to their appearance against Rutgers (9-4; 3-4 Big East) in the St. Petersburg Bowl yesterday. The Knights struggled offensively and defensively against the Scarlett Knights, who were able to capitalize on several UCF turnovers and dice-apart UCF’s passing defense. Despite a return all the way to the 50 yard-line in the first drive of the game, Senior Quarterback Brett Hodges’ interception took the wind out of UCF’s sails early and gave Rutgers a scoring drive.

 While UCF would answer back, down just 4 points going into the half (and less than 2 minutes remaining), Hodges threw another interception, resulting in an immediate Rutgers’ touchdown. UCF struggled during the second half as well, scoring just once. The final score was 45-24. UCF now looks to preparations in the off-season and prepares to return to C-USA competition in 2o10. Out-of-conference games next season include a road trip to Kansas State and a home game against the NC State Wolfpack. Despite the bowl loss, UCF had a fantastic season with their first ever win over a ranked opponent (#13 Houston).

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