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Monday, November 21, 2011

With Loss at ECU, Knights are Bowl Ineligible

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:03


After finishing a 2010 season ranked in the Top 20 in all 3 polls (AP, Coaches, and BCS), being crowned Conference USA Champions, and beating the Georgia Bulldogs in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the UCF Knights (4-7, 2-5 C-USA) have solidified a losing 2011 season. After losing to the Pirates of East Carolina(5-6, 4-3 C-USA) in-front of a nationwide audience (and sold-out 52,000-fan filled Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium) on Saturday in Greenville, NC the Knights cannot get to the crucial six wins needed to secure a post-season bowl berth. The game was somewhat of a shootout between the two teams. But UCF struggled both offensively and defensively. Quarterback Blake Bortles appeared to be much more productive than Jeff Godfrey during the contest. And receiver JJ Worton continued to show his value to the team as he tied the game up 31-31 in the last two minutes. ECU answered with a quick touchdown of their own, taking the lead 38-31. UCF would regain possession of the ball, taking it all the way down to the 11-yard line; but the Knights weren’t able to punch it in and score the points needed to put the contest into OT. The season will end on Friday when the Knights take on the UTEP Miners (5-6; 2-5 C-USA) at Bright House Networks Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm and the game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Network. The College of Nursing Tailgate Party will begin at 3:00pm in the Softball Lot.

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