UCF: Quarter By Quarter

Keep tabs on the Nittany Lions as they take on the Golden Knights at Beaver Stadium. Both teams are undefeated.

Undefeated Penn State and UCF square off at Beaver Stadium Saturday. Keep track of the action right there.


• S Ryan Keiser, and LBs Ben Kline and Mike Hull are on the field warming up after missing action last week due to injuries.

• Adam Gress is warming up with the first-team OL at RT.

• Temperatures are in the 60s with no clouds and little wind.


UCF had a big play on its first drive that led to a Knights' touchdown, and so, too, did the Lions to set-up its first score. Penn State and UCF are tied at seven at the end of the first quarter.

UCF quarterback Blake Borltes received plenty of praise in the build-up to Saturday's game, and he showed why early, marching the Knights 89 yards on 13 plays that ended with a Storm Johnson 4-yard catch on a swing route to put the visitors on top. For the Knights', their big play came facing a 3rd and nine, a play that saw Bortles climb the pocket, elude State's rushers, and find Jeff Godfrey down the sideline for 28-yards and a first down. Johnson scurried in three plays later.

For Penn State, there was no early signs of shakiness as their was a week ago. Instead, there was a 44-yard strike from Christian Hackenberg to Allen Robinson that set-up a four yard Zach Zwinak touchdown run. Penn State is driving to begin the second quarter.


Penn State has not had a quarter like the one it experienced in Saturday's second quarter, one that won't be remembered by Lions fans.

UCF took a 21-10 lead into the half by scoring 14 points on the Lions defense, scoring on a 55-yard touchdown sprint from Johnson before Bortles found J.J. Worton in the corner of the end zone late in the quarter.

The Lions forced Bortles into his first interception in 232 attempts when Malcolm Willis grabbed his pass with a leap along the sideline, but Sam Ficken's 57-yard field goal was on line but fell short, leaving State empty handed. Fickend did connect on one attempt in the stanza, hammering a 47-yard straight down the middle. The length equals a career best for Ficken, who has now made 15 straight field goal.

At the break, UCF is outgaining the Lions 289 to 220, but maybe the most telling stat of all resides on third down, where the Lions are 0-of-5 thus far. Penn State will receive to start the second half.


UCF did whatever it wanted for much of the first half, and with just one quarter left to play at Beaver Stadium, that hasn't changed.

The Knights lead Penn State 31-17 on the strength of a Josh Reese 25-yard touchdown catch and a Shawn Moffitt 22-yard field-goal. It came only after Bortles' appeared to score on a seven-yard touchdown, but he was ruled down, giving UCF a 3rd and one on State's one yard-line. Penn State stopped a Bortles' sneak on third down, and the Knights' had a one-yard touchdown run on fourth down wiped off the board by an illegal formation penalty.

Penn State's only points came on a Zach Zwinak nine-yard touchdown run, which ignited the Beaver Stadium crowd moments after it exploded when Hackenberg found Robinson, despite underthrowing it, for 46-yards down the seam.

Penn State has the ball on UCF's 15, which is where it will have it when the fourth quarter begins.


Penn State suffered its first loss of the season here Saturday, falling to UCF 34-31 in front of 92,855 at Beaver Stadium.

The Lions surrendered 521 yards in total offense, and on a night where they rushed Bortles rarely and missed tackles frequently, UCF never took advantage of it and pulled away. State pulled within three with just under three minutes to play on a Robinson highlight reel 5-yard touchdown grab, but couldn't make a stop on the ensuing Knights' drive, allowing Bortles and co. to run out the clock. Hackenberg finished 21-of-28 for 262 yards and a score, while Zwinak paced the Lions rushing attack with 128 yards on 21 carries and three scores. For UCF, Borltes completed 20 of 27 passes for 288 yards and three scores, while running back Storm Johnson added 117 yards on 17 carries. He also scored once.

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