UCF Announces New Secondary Logo — KnightNews.com
To continue the trend of the “New Era” campaign, UCF revealed its newly updated secondary logo via Twitter on Wednesday. Out with the old…in the with 🆕 pic.twitter.com/shj9QJNN41 — UCF Knights (@UCFKnights) November 17, 2021The UCF design team gave UCF Athletics some insight regarding the characteristics of the updated logo. Advertisement“Overall, the new Knighthead logo is more expressive, with a straight-on aggressive stare and new intimidating eyes,” UCF Brand Identity Director Emma Schneider told UCF Athletics. Daniel Forcella / ucfknights.comBringing the updated logo to life will be a six-month process. Merchandise with the updated logo will be introduced “as supply chains allow” in the Winter and Spring semesters, per ucfknights.com.knightnews.com
UCF Football Head Coach Gus Malzahn Suffers Knee Injury During Game — KnightNews.com
During the first quarter of the UCF Knights’ game vs. Tulane, head coach Gus Malzahn might have “blown out his knee,” after being tackled during a play, according to UCF Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir. UCF FOOTBALL HEAD COACH GUS MALZAHN WAS TACKLED DURING A PLAY IN THD FIRST QUARTER AND MIGHT HAVE “blown out his knee”. UCF Medical team is evaluating the extent of the damage and is expected to wear a brace for the rest of the game. #gusmalzahn #UCFootball — UCF Knight News (@UCFKnightNews) November 6, 2021The UCF medical team was seen evaluating the extent of Malzahn’s injury and the coach is expected to wear a brace for the remainder of the game. Malzahn is expected to remain on the field for the remainder of the game.knightnews.com
UCF Seizes 'Space Game' Win over Memphis Behind Big Night from Defense — KnightNews.com
In a game where UCF was efficient in all phases of the game, the Knights picked up their second straight home win in the “Space Game,” defeating the Memphis Tigers 24-7. Bowser rushed for 26 yards on the opening drive – just one yard shy of last week’s 27-yard outing vs. the Bearcats. O’Keefe scored his second touchdown of the game – a 31-yard rushing touchdown – to extend the UCF lead to 21-7 with 4:59 remaining in the third quarter. Bowser finished his productive night with a game-high 110 rushing yards on 26 attempts. UCF’s defense finished the night holding the Tigers to just 77 total rushing yards on 31 attempts.knightnews.com
Former UCF QB Milton Shows Support For Injured Gabriel. — KnightNews.com
Former UCF QB McKenzie Milton tweeted support for former teammate Dillion Gabriel after it was announced he suffered an injury on the final play against Louisville this past Friday night. In a statement provided by UCF Athletics Saturday, it confirmed that Gabriel was injured and would be out for an undetermined period of time for recovery. Advertisement“UCF junior quarterback Dillion Gabriel suffered a fractured left clavicle on the final play of the game Friday night against Louisville, the statement said. Milton is no stranger to injuries as the former UCF QB came back from a nearly three-year absence from the game after suffering a near career-ending injury to his right leg against USF in November of 2018. David J. Chao, a former NFL team doctor for over 17 years, tweeted his expected recovery timeline for the injured Gabriel saying, “6-8 weeks but surgery might be quicker.knightnews.com
Netflix star, Chase Stokes, shows support for UCF Knights — KnightNews.com
The University of Central Florida welcomed leading actor, Chase Stokes (28), of Netflix’s series, Outer Banks, at Saturday night’s football game where the UCF Knights defeated the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 63-14 at the Bounce House. According to a tweet by Stokes, he attended the university for two semesters and “failed out”, but claims to “still love” UCF Football. AdvertisementThe actor moved to Orlando at the age of 13 then later graduated from Timber Creek High School in 2010. Stokes later received his bachelor’s degree from Valencia College where he then continued his education at UCF and Seminole State College, per an Orlando Sentinel article published in April of 2020. Stokes greeted Knight Nation by blowing a kiss to the crowd, then continued to speak to fans, and sign a UCF football.knightnews.com
UCF routs Bethune-Cookman behind RB Bowser's big night — KnightNews.com
AdvertisementThis was just the beginning for Bowser, who ultimately dominated his way to four first-half rushing touchdowns – making for a historic night. UCF junior quarterback Dillon Gabriel connected with senior WR Brandon Johnson for a 22-yard touchdown to conclude a six-minute drive. On the ensuing drive, Bowser ran in a 1-yard Knights’ touchdown – his second of the half. The following play resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by Bowser – his third rushing touchdown of the half. Bowser ended his historic night rushing for a total of 59 yards and scoring four touchdowns off of 12 carries.knightnews.com
UCF Charges Past Boise State In Come From Behind Victory — KnightNews.com
After a nearly three-hour weather delay to start the game, the UCF Knights came back from an early 21-0 deficit to defeat the Boise State Broncos, 36-31 in Thursday’s season opener. “The key drive was right before the half when we scored with 10 seconds left,” Malzahn said. “We talked and said, let’s go down the field on the first drive of the third quarter,” Malzahn said. The Broncos’ lead was short-lived when UCF Senior RB Isaiah Bowser who finished with 172 yards rushing scored the game-winning touchdown for the Knights in the final four minutes of the game. I’m proud of our guys.”The Knights will be back at 3MG stadium next Saturday night to take on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.knightnews.com
Here’s what you need to know about UCF’s game-day COVID-19 protocols
The University of Central Florida is getting ready to kick off football season but before you head to the Bounce House to watch the Knights play, there’s a few things the university wants you to ensure a safe season amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
UCF Knights Safety Richie Grant drafted in the 2nd round by the Atlanta Falcons
ORLANDO, Fla. — With the 40th overall pick in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons chose UCF Knights Safety Richie Grant. READ: Magic stock up on draft picks, young players as major overhaul beginsThe pick makes Grant the first Knight to be chosen in this year’s draft. pic.twitter.com/efuTjCjcL1 — Christian Bruey (@CBrueyWFTV) May 1, 2021Grant played in nine of 10 games for UCF in his senior season in 2020. READ: Orlando Magic honor fallen soldiers with personalized team jerseysHe led the team in tackles, interceptions and fumble recoveries and was a unanimous selection to the American Conference’s first all-conference team. It’s the fifth straight NFL Draft in which a UCF player was chosen.wftv.com
UCF football wraps up 1st week of spring practices, allows fans to watch scrimmage — KnightNews.com
The UCF football team is set to have a scrimmage in the Bounce House on Saturday. Here's a recap of the Knights' first week of spring practices, and what the team and new leadership have to say.knightnews.com
Knights escape with victory over UNF to close out 4-game series — KnightNews.com
A week after being swept in the series with the Liberty Flames, the UCF Knights closed out their series with the North Florida Ospreys winning 3-2 to close out the series 3-1. The Knights entered Sunday’s game against the Ospreys to determine the winner of the series. After a scoreless eighth inning, it came down to the ninth inning to determine the game. It came down to the Knights to score and win the game and series at the bottom of the ninth inning. With the win, the Knights finished the weekend series 3-1 over the Ospreys to improve to 6-9 overall for the season.knightnews.com
SAVE THE DATE: Seminole County 2021 graduations moving to UCF’s football stadium
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – High school seniors in Seminole County will attend their graduation ceremonies at the University of Central Florida’s football stadium this year after an agreement between the school district and UCF. Seminole County Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin made the announcement this week in a video to families. Griffin said school leadership officials have been working since November to try and find a better solution for graduations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In February, Seminole County parents were notified that their high school seniors’ graduations would be in the auditorium like the year before and students would be required to reserve graduation time slots. Seminole County high schools executive director Mike Gaudreau said the district also looked at using the Amway Center, but it was already booked for Orange County Public Schools events.
What can Auburn RB transfer Mark-Antony Richards bring to UCF's backfield? — KnightNews.com
The UCF Knights landed running back Mark-Antony Richards, a former four-star recruit and redshirt freshman from Auburn, on Tuesday. The aforementioned Auburn product was recruited by UCF’s new head coach Gus Malzhan in 2019 out of West Palm Beach High School in Florida. AdvertisementWhile at West Palm Beach, Richards racked up over 3,000 all-purpose yards — including 1,300 yards rushing — his senior season. If you went by Richards’ high school ranking, he’d be the highest-rated player ever to commit to UCF in its history. Richards best outing of his four-game stretch game against No.1 Alabama, where he averaged 4.1 yards per carry on a total of 57 rushing yards.knightnews.com
Stetson Hatters run wild and dominate Knights — KnightNews.com
The UCF Knights looked to turn things around after two losses as they hosted the undefeated Stetson Hatters at John Euliano park Tuesday night but fell 7-0 in the first midweek game of the season. The start of the game foreshadowed a bleak evening for UCF as Stetson got out to a red hot start with a 4-0 lead by the bottom of the first inning. The Knights’ collected four hits at 32 at-bats and no RBI through the entire contest, while leaving eight guys on base. The Hatters drove in nine hits at 36 at-bats and seven RBI — while still leaving seven guys on base — but dominated the Knights to the 7-0 shutout. This marked the first game the Knights have gone scoreless since the matchup against the Houston Cougars in May 2019.knightnews.com
Bounce House is 84% sold out, UCF hopes for full capacity this football season — KnightNews.com
The official Twitter account of the UCF Knights shared a graphic stating that 84% of 2021 season tickets at the Bounce House are sold out as of Friday. AdvertisementAlthough UCF said it is too soon to know whether the Bounce House will operate at 100% capacity in 2021, season tickets are still being sold on an ongoing basis, UCF Athletics spokesman John Heisler said. “In the meantime we are selling season tickets on an ongoing basis.”Courtesy of UCF Knights’ Twitter. UCF Athletics also said some of the 20,079 total includes seats reserved for recruits and other university guests, and the total does exclude suites, lodges and ADA seating. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to a UCF Athletics event, click here or call 407-823-1000.knightnews.com
Knights charge past Bulls in War on I-4 series — KnightNews.com
The UCF Knights faced the South Florida Bulls at home for the second round of the War On I-4 rivalry series this season and were able to avenge the previous loss by defeating the Bulls 81-65 on Wednesday. The sophomore forward shot 5-of-6 from the floor leading the team with 12 points making his last four shots in a row. While the Bulls fought hard inside the paint to close the gap to within 6 points of the lead, the Knights ultimately proved too much for the Bulls. “The thing I really liked was we were able to sustain it,” Dawkins said, in reference to the Knights’ lead throughout the game. The Knights will next take on the Tulane Green Wave in New Orleans on Saturday at 3 p.m.knightnews.com
UCF holds off Tulane to secure victory at home — KnightNews.com
In a game full of runs and lead changes, the UCF Knights were able to pull away from the Tulane Green Wave in the final four minutes of the game on Friday to secure a victory at Addition Financial Arena. After the game, UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins praised Walker’s performance. Green Jr. was able to do this by shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. “I thought he gave us a great start of this game,” Dawkins said. A 5-minute and 47-second Knights’ scoring drought, however, would allow Tulane to go on an 8-0 run and retake the first-half lead.knightnews.com
UCF basketball team visits Lorraine Motel before game against Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ahead of Monday’s away game against the Memphis Tigers, the University of Central Florida men’s basketball team was in for quite a visit. “It’s more than just basketball, and I think it’s important to know your history,” head coach Johnny Dawkins said. “Show young people what’s going on in history, try to broaden their horizons because it’s bigger than just basketball,” Coach Dawkins said. When the team wasn’t learning about history, they were practicing for the games against the Tigers but also taking in the city. AdThe UCF Knights will face off the Memphis Tigers on Wednesday and will return to Orlando after the game.
UCF’s winningest head coach dies at 80
UCF’s winningest head coach Gene McDowell has died at the age of 80. QUINCY, Fla. – The University of Central Florida’s winningest head coach Gene McDowell has died at the age of 80. The university said McDowell died Tuesday morning in Quincy. [TRENDING: Great white shark bites boat in Florida | Orange County deputy’s TikTok videos under investigation | Governor touts vaccine rollout]In his run as head coach, UCF played in Division II, Division 1-AA and Division 1. The Waycross, Georgia native played college ball at Florida State University, where he was a linebacker and offensive guard.
UCF falls to No. 13 BYU in Boca Raton Bowl — KnightNews.com
Two of the nation’s top gunslingers duked it out in the Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium on Tuesday. 13 BYU Cougars and the UCF Knights matched up in the third bowl game of the college football season, but the Knights fell short and were defeated by the Cougars 49-23. 13 BYU Cougars defeated the UCF Knights 49-23 in the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium on Dec. 22. UCF sophomore receiver Ryan O’ Keefe tackles a BYU defender after a tipped pass during the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium on Dec. 22. UCF redshirt sophomore receiver Jaylon Robinson during the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium on Dec. 22.knightnews.com
UCF to face No. 17 BYU in Boca Raton Bowl — KnightNews.com
After the UCF Knights accepted the bid to play at the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 7, their opponent was officially announced on Monday. 17 BYU in the Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. and the game will broadcast on ESPN. The BYU Cougars will certainly be the most formidable opponent the Knights have faced this season. “We’d always put that BYU game on, when they ended up beating Ty Detmer after he won the Heisman. #UCF — Brian Murphy (@Spokes_Murphy) December 14, 2020The all-time series between UCF and BYU is currently tied 1-1.knightnews.com
UCF to play BYU in Boca Raton Bowl ahead of Christmas
The University of Central Florida will be playing against Brigham Young University in the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl, the Knights announced. The game will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton with the 6-3 Knights going up against the 10-1, 14th-ranked Cougars. This bowl matchup is a challenge for the Knights as BYU is the only team to be nationally ranked in the top 10 in total offense (No. Knights vs. Cougars in Boca 😎🤙🌴 pic.twitter.com/Z2QgM83WUR — UCF Football 😷 (@UCF_Football) December 14, 2020“BYU plays complementary football, in terms of offense, defense and special teams, as well as any team in the country,” says UCF head coach Josh Heupel. The Knights have won two of the last three bowl games it has played in.
UCF heading to Boca Bowl, likely to face Power 5 team with limited crowd — KnightNews.com
UCF said donors and season-ticket holders will receive information Wednesday morning from the UCF Ticket Office. “We’re excited to continue our season in the Boca Raton Bowl — a great location for our fans and families to see us play,” UCF Director of Athletics Danny White said. Both the total offense and passing yard figures are on track to be all-time UCF high, UCF Athletics said in a release. “Our players and staff are excited to be in this bowl game,” UCF head coach Josh Heupel said. We’ve done a lot of good things this year, and we look forward to this next opportunity.”This is a developing story.knightnews.com
Star quarterback McKenzie Milton announces transfer from UCF
ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton is transferring to another school, the star player announced in a video released Thursday. “I will be entering the transfer portal and playing my last year of college football elsewhere,” Milton said in an Instagram post. “I may be suiting up in different colors, but I’ll always bleed Black and Gold.”It’s not known where Milton will play next. In the video, Milton said leaving UCF is “one the hardest things for me to do.”“I’m trying to think of it more logically than emotionally,” he said. Milton thanked UCF Nation in his farewell video.
UCF Athletics’ financial game plan takes a $14.7 million hit due to COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. – The financial game plan for the athletic department of the University of Central Florida is taking a hit due to the coronavirus. School officials said they eliminated plans for hiring 32 full-time positions and 40 additional part-time football game day positions. UCF officials said they are close to hitting a $2 million goal on the Keep Charging on Fund, one million of it came from donated salaries from staff. School officials said they have accounted for a $10-11 million 2021 budget loss and projected a $12.7 million loss in revenue. UCF athletics is also facing $2 million in increased coronavirus related expenses for a total loss of $14.7 million.
Knights of the Zoom conference: the changing face of college in 2020 — Opinion — KnightNews.com
AdvertisementSpirit Splash at UCF’s Reflecting Pond, October 2019. UCF’s Reflecting Pond, October 2020. Spirit Splash at UCF’s Reflecting Pond, October 2019. Currently ranked in the top 5 of the American Athletic Conference, the pandemic has certainly done little to stop our Knights’ football team from dominating our competition. Although the advent of the 2020s has thrown us into a tumultuous time, faith remains strong that UCF Knights will do as we have always done: Charge On!knightnews.com
UCF dominates Temple, extends win streak to 3 — KnightNews.com
The UCF Knights relied heavily on defensive efforts to defeat the Temple Owls 38-13 on Saturday night at the Bounce House. AdvertisementThe Knights’ offense, which came into the matchup having the No. UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel (11) and running back Greg McCrae (30) celebrate after a touchdown during the game against Temple on Saturday. After the game, Gabriel said the defense played lights out and the team found a way to win. The Knights’ offense may not have set new records during the matchup, but Williams said he’s happy.knightnews.com
5 things to look out for in UCF’s matchup against Temple
UCF will take on the Temple Owls Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bounce House, and after coming off a bye week, here’s a breakdown of what UCF fans should look out for. If Nixon is able to return against Temple, expect the Owls to have trouble matching up against UCF’s foursome of speedy receivers. Temple QB Anthony Russo is not here in Orlando. — OwlsDaily (@TempleOwlsDaily) November 14, 2020The Knights will face the Temple Owls at 7:30 p.m. at the Bounce House, and the game will air on ESPNU. Update: This story has been updated to reflect new information about Temple QB Anthony Russo.knightnews.com
SpaceX launch fitting kick off for UCF Knights Space Game
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Did a little rocket fuel help propel the University of Central Florida Knights football team to win the annual Space Game? A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket could be seen soaring over the UCF Bounce House stadium late Saturday morning just hours before the Knights host Tulane University for its Space Game. A little rocket power might have helped UCF’s top-ranked offense roll in a 51-34 victory over Tulane on Saturday. A rocket launch is the cherry on top of a special game day. Watch the launch from the stadium below:Get the full game recap here.
UCF’s offense rockets past Tulane to snap 2-game losing streak — KnightNews.com
The UCF Knights rebounded with an impressive 51-34 win against the Tulane Green Wave on a sunny afternoon at the Bounce House on Saturday. The Knights came into the 2020 Homecoming Weekend on a two game losing streak after losing at home to Tulsa and on the road to Memphis. 76 in the country in total defense and have given up 517.8 total yards to the opposing offense this season, while the Green Wave rank No. As the Knights showed off their grey NASA inspired uniforms and helmet and their offense truly took off with 689 yards of total offense, compared to the Green Waves’ 340 yards. With the win, the Knights improve to 3-2 overall, and 2-2 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Green Wave fall to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in conference play.knightnews.com
UCF beats Georgia Tech, Heupel praises team’s ability to adjust
The UCF Knights opened their season Saturday with a 49-21 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, and UCF head coach Josh Heupel said he’s proud of the team for staying the course and growing together. “They didn’t know until 9:30 this morning for sure if we were going to play,” Heupel said after the game. — UCF Knight News (@UCFKnightNews) September 19, 2020A 9-yard pass from Georgia Tech freshman quarterback Jeff Sims to freshman running back Jahmyr Gibbs would shrink the deficit just before halftime. “I’m really proud of them for staying the course together and growing together over the last six months,” Heupel said. Georgia Tech did not make the field goal attempt — the Knights are tied with the Yellow Jackets 7-7 with 14:46 left in the 2Q.knightnews.com
10 UCF football players opt out of season due to COVID-19 concerns
ORLANDO, Fla. Ten UCF football players have opted not to play during the 2020 season over concerns about COVID-19, head coach Josh Heupel said. Its the most unique thing that most of us have ever encountered in our lifetime, he said. Each of these kids that chose to opt out have different reasons behind their decision. THREAD: Full comment from #UCF Head Coach Josh Heupel on the 10 players opting out of the upcoming football season @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/iW4Qab7wG4 Nathaniel Rivas (@nathanielrivas9) September 1, 2020#UCF Head Coach saying 10 players opting out of the upcoming 2020 football season. Tay Gowan and Darriel Mack, Jr., among the players not playing Nathaniel Rivas (@nathanielrivas9) September 1, 2020
AP Top 25: Clemson No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Alabama
4 and defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma is No. For now, big conference games such as Ohio State-Michigan and Washington-Washington State could still be made up in the spring. All Division I teams were eligible for the preseason AP Top 25, but after the season starts, only teams scheduled to play in the fall are eligible. STREAKINGOhio State extended the longest active streak of preseason Top 25 appearances with 32, followed by Oklahoma with 21, LSU with 20, Georgia with 19, Alabama with 13 and Clemson with nine. Big 12 4 (Nos.
Could COVID-19 present an opportunity for UCF football? They have a chance, analysts say
The NCAA college football season hasnt even started and there has already been plenty of drama. They have a chance to take a grasp of this thing and become national for all of their programs, Ingoglia said. This week the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they will not play football during the fall. [MORE: Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic]Until that knife gets stuck in my heart and they say theres no fall football. Some fans are speculating players from the Big Ten and Pac-12 may decide to transfer to programs committed to playing football in the fall.
UCF Football ranked No. 21 in preseason Coaches Poll KnightNews.com
The UCF Knights landed the No. 21 spot in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll released on Thursday. UCF ended last season ranked No. 24 in the Coaches Poll after finishing the season 10-3 overall and 6-2 in the American Athletic Conference. https://twitter.com/UCF_Football/status/1291403224851898369?s=20UCF marked its third straight season ranking in the preseason Coaches Poll on Thursday.knightnews.com
UCF ranked No. 21 in preseason coaches poll
ORLANDO, Fla. UCF is ranked No. 21 in the first major preseason poll of 2020. Clemson, which lost to LSU in last seasons national title game, sits atop the USA Today Coaches Polls preseason Top 25 rankings, released on Thursday. Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and LSU round out the top five, followed by Oklahoma, Penn State, Florida, Oregon and Notre Dame. UCF sits one spot behind Utah, and just ahead of Cincinnati.
Heres what UCFs 2020 football schedule looks like as of now
ORLANDO, Fla. UCF will play eight games in 2020 -- and possibly more -- after the American Athletic Conference announced Wednesday its plans for fall sports. UCFs conference schedule, beginning Sept. 24 at East Carolina, remains unchanged. The Knights game with Florida International remains up in the air because Conference USA has not announced its plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. We are confident that the protocols put together by our Medical Advisory Group will guide a safe return to play. The number of qualifying teams for conference championships in mens soccer, womens soccer and womens volleyball has been reduced to four.
Bounce House: UCF changes name of football stadium
ORLANDO, Fla. UCFs football stadium has been known as the Bounce House for years. White said the stadium, at some point, could have another sponsor name, but for not, its the Bounce House. [RELATED: Heres UCFs 2020 schedule -- for now]The stadium was nicknamed the Bounce House because it would shake when UCF fans would jump in unison during the stadiums inaugural season. The stadium underwent an $8 million renovation following the 2014 season. The Bounce House was the home of the Orlando Apollos in 2019, the only -- and partial -- season of the Alliance of American Football.
UCF Baseball Set to Welcome Miami in Top 15 Matchup
The UCF Knights baseball team will welcome the Miami Hurricanes to John Euliano Park on Wednesday. UCF has found itself rising in the polls in recent weeks and currently stands at No. 15 on Baseball Americas ranking. AdvertisementRounding up the week 4 rankings 12 D1 Baseball12 USA Today Coaches Poll12 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper12 Perfect Game14 NCBWA15 Baseball America#ChargeOn https://t.co/ii5yoZ8kI5 UCF Baseball (@UCF_Baseball) March 9, 2020A strong 15-2 overall season record has propelled the Knights into the national spotlight, ahead of the Top 15 matchup on Wednesday. Over the next two weeks, the Knights will host three ranked opponents: in-state rivals Miami and FSU and conference foe East Carolina.knightnews.com
UCF Holds on in Nail-Biter, defeats SMU KnightNews.com
The UCF Knights came out with a 61-58 victory in a close game against the SMU Mustangs at Addition Financial Arena Wednesday evening. AdvertisementA strong defensive effort helped UCF suppress a comeback and take the win in the American Athletic Conference match. UCF junior guard Brandon Mahan (13) scored 12 of the Knights 61 points along with his four rebounds, shooting 4 for 6 from field goal range and two three-pointers helping UCF defeat the SMU Mustangs. Despite the Knights struggling late in the game, UCF redshirt junior forward Collin Smith helped pull UCF to victory, dropping 15 second-half points along with seven rebounds. UCF redshirt junior forward Collin Smith (35) drives past the SMU Mustangs during the game Wednesday.knightnews.com
Late Collapse by UCF gives Tulane Conference Win KnightNews.com
The UCF Knights fell in another conference game with a 75-74 loss to the Tulane Green Wave at Addition Financial Arena on Saturday. UCF was able to turn it around with a solid defense and quick scoring, giving them a 39-32 lead going into the second half. UCFs strong start to the second half was shortlived as both teams turned the ball over and struggled to make shots. UCF was able to recover from their mistakes for a majority of the half but struggled to slow down Tulane late. With the loss, the Knights are now 14-12 overall and 5-9 in conference play, while the Green Wave improve to 12-15 overall and 4-11 in conference play.knightnews.com
UCF Defeats USF, Improves Conference Ranking KnightNews.com
After coming off of four straight wins against American Athletic Conference opponents, a dominant defense helped lead the UCF Knights to defeat the USF Bulls 56-48 at Addition Financial Arena on Wednesday evening. UCF womens basketball team defeat the USF Bulls 56-48 at Addition Financial Arena on Feb. 19. The Knights capitalized off the Bulls 21 turnovers, scoring 13 points, while the Bulls scored seven points off Knights eight turnovers. UCF womens basketball team defeat the USF Bulls 56-48 at Addition Financial Arena on Feb. 19. Wright scored a game-high 24 points against USF, while UCF sophomore forward Brittney Smith had a total of 10 points.knightnews.com
UCF Football Schedule Released, Ranked Top G5 School in ESPN's Preseason FPI KnightNews.com
AdvertisementThe first three weekends of kickoff and television times along with midweek matchup details will be released by the American Athletic Conference in May, according to a UCF Athletics news release. UCF ranked No. 62 BYU are all current or future UCF opponents that ranked in Mondays preseason FPI rankings. The 2020-21 season will also mark the beginning of the 12-year media rights extension with ESPN, according to a press release. As a proud member of The American, this is a big day for UCF, UCF Director of Athletics Danny White said in a release about the media rights extension.knightnews.com
Pair of Knights get Nod to NFL Combine KnightNews.com
In his three seasons at UCF, Davis caught 152 passes for 2,447 yards and 23 touchdowns. According to Pro Football Network, Davis is considered a third or fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, with an NFL Combine invite, Clarke will have the chance to improve his draft stock and increase his chances of being taken when the draft rolls around. The NFL Scouting Draft Combine will commence on Feb. 23 and run through March 2 in Indianapolis, Indiana, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The 2020 NFL Draft follows under eight weeks behind it from April 23 to April 25 in Paradise, Nevada.knightnews.com
UCF falls in Tough Battle against Memphis KnightNews.com
Despite a hard-fought battle, the UCF Knights could not hold off the Memphis Tigers second-half push and fell short of improving their conference record Wednesday as they were defeated by the Tigers 59-57 at Addition Financial Arena. In the first half, the Knights bested the Tigers and led for over fourteen minutes. AdvertisementThe second half was a different story as Memphis got hot from the field scoring 58% of their shots. The freshman was too little too late as Tigers freshman forward Malcolm Dandridge scored the dagger with a tough layup. The Knights last beat the Bulls 55-54 in a defensive battle on Jan. 18 at Addition Financial Arena.knightnews.com
Overview of bowl matchups for Florida teams
College football teams from Florida will travel across the nations for the upcoming bowl season. The Gators defeated both in-state rivals in the Florida State Seminoles (40-17) and the Miami Hurricanes (24-20). Head coach Dan Mullen is the first coach with two 10-win seasons in his first two seasons in school history. Florida State SeminolesFlorida State mustered to a 6-6 finish with head coach woes and road struggles. Florida State will aim to win its 27th bowl win since 1980.
NCAA to allow athletes to cash in on their fame
The NCAA Board of Governors took the first step Tuesday toward allowing amateur athletes to cash in on their fame, voting unanimously to permit them to "benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness." The NCAA and its member schools now must figure out how to allow athletes to profit while still maintaining rules regarding amateurism. A group of NCAA administrators has been exploring since May the ways in which athletes could be allowed to receive compensation for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The NCAA's shift came a month after California passed a law that would make it illegal for NCAA schools in the state to prohibit college athletes from making money on such activities as endorsements, autograph signings and social media advertising. The NCAA has said state laws that contradict the national governing body's rules could lead to athletes being declared ineligible or schools not being allowed to compete.
Trick play helps Pitt upset No. 15 UCF 35-34
Pitt trailed by six when Pickett drove the Panthers to the UCF 3. Pickett completed 25 of 47 for 224 yards with a touchdown despite leaving briefly with a right arm injury. UCF quarterback Gabriel Dillon passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns but also threw his first two interceptions of the season. POLL IMPLICATIONSExpect UCF to take a drop after losing in the regular season for the first time since 2016. Pitt: Finishes up nonconference play by hosting Football Championship Subdivision opponent Delaware next Saturday.
UCF vs. Pitt: How to watch, listen, stream
Associated PressORLANDO, Fla. - The UCF Knights look to continue their winning ways when they travel to Pennsylvania to play the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Knights are 3-0 on the year while the Panthers are 1-2. Leading the way at quarterback for UCF is Dillon Gabriel, who has thrown for 719 yards and nine touchdowns this season. The Knights defeated the Panthers 45-14, in their last confrontation on Sept. 29, 2018. The total for points scored between both teams has been set at 57.5.
Freshman Gabriel leads No. 18 UCF past FAU 48-14
Dillon Gabriel #11 of the UCF Knights hands the ball off to Greg McCrae #30 the first half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at FAU Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Boca Raton, Florida. 18 UCF extended its regular-season winning streak to 24 games by easing past Florida Atlantic 48-14 Saturday night. Florida Atlantic (0-2) disappointed a home crowd of 30,811, largest in the program's history. THE TAKEAWAYUCF: The Knights weren't tested but remain on schedule for another banner season. FAU: After facing ranked teams in the first two games, Florida Atlantic plays at Ball State (1-1) on Saturday.
Brandon Wimbush named UCF Knights starting quarterback
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Central Florida Knights have tapped Brandon Wimbush to be the team's starting quarterback coming into the 2019-20 season. UCF Football announced on Twitter that Wimbush will be the starting quarterback and Dillion Gabriel will also have an opportunity to play in the first game of the season. "We've been pleased that all three quarterbacks have played at a high level during fall camp," UCF Knights head coach Josh Heupel said in a statement. Wimbush, 22, transferred from Notre Dame University for the 2019 season. Wimbush started 12 games for the Fighting Irish in 2017 and was later replaced by Ian Book, according to ESPN.comThe Knights open their 2019 football season Aug. 29 at home playing against Florida A&M.
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We're days away from college bowl games, including UCF's match against LSU in Arizona. Those games and the continued partial government shutdown are Thursday's top local and national stories as seen on ClickOrlando.com and News 6. UCF Knights arrive in Arizona for Fiesta BowlThe University of Central Florida's undefeated Knights arrived in Arizona Thursday ahead of the New Year's Day Fiesta Bowl game. If the undefeated team wins, it will be the Knights' 26th consecutive win and second consecutive New Year's Day bowl game win. Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida says they've had 200 inquiries and they're now evaluating which is the best home for Sniffles.