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Monday, September 1, 2014

Field Goal in Final 3 Seconds Dooms UCF

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 23:35

Ireland Croke Park Classic

The UCF Knights (0-1; 0-0 AAC) lost to the Nittany Lions of Penn State (1-0; 0-0 B10) on Saturday in Dublin, Ireland in the Croke Park Classic. The Knights’ Offense sputtered the entire first half of the game under the gun of quarterback Pete DiNovo, who was only able to lead the offense to a paltry 28 yards of total offense. DiNovo completed just 3/8 passes for only 18 yards. When DiNovo was finally removed from the game at the midpoint of the third quarter, UCF ignited with Justin Holman at QB, putting up 3 touchdown scoring drives, going into the lead for the first time in the game 24-23 with just 1:13 left to play. But, unfortunately, with the Defense being absolutely gassed (Penn State’s time of possession was almost 10 minutes longer than UCF’s due to the poor offensive performance for more than 1/2 of the game), Penn State easily marched down the field, setting up kicker Sam Ficken for a winning field goal with :03 left on the clock. UCF now has a bye-week before heading to Missouri to take on the Tigers (1-0; 0-0 SEC) on 9/13. Missouri is coming off a 18-28 victory against San Diego State and play at Toledo this Saturday. Watch ESPN’s highlight of UCF’s loss to Penn State in the Croke Park Classic below:

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