UCF Escapes Upset Against Bulls, Win 23-20

The South Florida Bulls nearly pulled off the upset against the 19th ranked Central Florida Knights, but fell short by the score of 23-20.

ORLANDO, FLA.--- After forcing five turnovers on Black Friday night inside Bright House stadium in Orlando, Willie Taggart and the South Florida Bulls nearly pulled the upset off against the 19th ranked UCF Knights (10-1, 7-0), but fell short thanks to a late fourth quarter touchdown from quarterback Blake Bortles to Breshad Perriman.

The Bulls were sharp all throughout the game and held much of the momentum by forcing several turnovers in the first half in Orlando. True freshman quarterback Mike White had a chance to finish off a game winning drive, but was intercepted by Jordan Ozerities with less than two minutes to go to seal the deal.

White finished with 211 yards on 15-of-34 passing with a touchdown and interception in his fourth career start. On the receiving end, wide receiver Andre Davis with seven catches for 87 yards and tight end Sean Price ended the game with three catches for 55 yards.

The Bulls were flagged for 11 penalties for 89 yards this evening to UCF's six. The freshman duo in the defensive back field of Lamar Robbins and Nate Godwin both recorded an interception for Chuck Bresnahan's defense.

In total yards, both squads were fairly even. The Bulls ended up with 294 yards, while the Knights finished just two yards more with 296 yards. South Florida (2-9, 2-5) will end their dreadful 2013 season in New Jersey next week against the 5-5 Rutgers Knights.

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