Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Bortles passed for 335 yards and a
touchdown and No. 17 UCF pulled away for a 41-17 win over Rutgers on Thursday
Bortles was 21-of-30 passing and also rushed for a score for the Knights (9-1,
6-0 American Athletic Conference), who have won six straight since losing
their last non-conference game to South Carolina on Sept. 28.
"I thought Blake (Bortles) was pretty much on the whole game," UCF coach
George O'Leary said. "They put a lot of pressure on him, but he was
exceptional as far as taking plays that weren't there and making something
good out of them."
Storm Johnson rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns and J.J. Worton had five
receptions for 117 yards five days after his one-handed catch helped UCF avoid
an upset Saturday against Temple.
Rutgers (5-5, 2-4) has lost four of five.
The Scarlet Knights -- in the news last week for an off-field scandal in which
former cornerback Jevon Tyree and his parents accused defensive coordinator
Dave Cohen of bullying -- scored just three points in the second half.
Gary Nova completed just 11 of his 34 passes for 107 yards in the loss and
Paul James had a 1-yard touchdown run.
Rutgers trailed 21-0 early in the second quarter but had pulled within 28-14
at halftime after Anthony Cioffi blocked Caleb Houston's punt and Andre Patton
recovered it in the end zone with 15 seconds left.
"There was a lot of positive energy in the locker room," Rutgers head coach
Kyle Flood said of his team at halftime. "We had a lot of momentum."
The momentum didn't carry over into the second half.
Shawn Moffitt kicked a 32-yard field goal on UCF's first possession of the
third quarter and William Stanback powered through a would-be tackler on a 1-
yard touchdown run on the second play of the fourth quarter to make it 38-14.
Moffitt added a 42-yarder after Rutgers turned the ball over on downs and Kyle
Federico kicked a 35-yard field goal for the Scarlet Knights.
Earlier, Bortles' 29-yard pass to Jeff Godfrey help set up Breshad Perriman's
4-yard touchdown catch on the game's opening drive.
Clayton Geathers intercepted Nova on the ensuing Rutgers possession and
Johnson broke a couple tackles on a 12-yard touchdown run to give UCF a 14-0
lead with less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Johnson's 1-yard run capped an 86-yard drive six minutes into the second
quarter, making it 21-0.
Rutgers faked a punt, with fullback Michael Burton rushing 38 yards to help
set up James' 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down after Nova threw two
Bortles scrambled left and made it inside the pylon for a 7-yard score at the
other end to restore UCF's 21-point lead.
The Knights beat Temple on Saturday by scoring 10 points in the last 1:06 of
the game, winning on Moffitt's 23-yard field goal as time expired. They play
at Connecticut on Nov. 30.
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