The UCF football team traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to take on the undefeated Cardinals on Friday night. This matchup was very significant because the two schools are in the same conference, and a win here would put the winning team ahead of the other in terms of a Bowl game selection. To make the game even more important, it happened to be the Cardinals’ Homecoming game. Not many people outside of the Central Florida area expected UCF to win this game seeing how they weren’t even ranked up until this point, and were playing the eighth best team in the nation.
The game started off close, but Louisville soon began to dominate the game. By the middle of the third quarter, Louisville had a commanding 28-7 lead over the Knights. But nstead of giving up and calling it a game, UCF kept fighting. The Knights went on to score three touchdowns in a little over seven minutes to tie the game. After stopping the Louisville offense yet again, The Knights kicked a field goal to take a 31-28 lead with seven minutes left in the game. Louisville still had plenty of time to drive down the field for a chance at a field goal or a game winning touchdown, and the Cardinals did just that. Louisville scored a touchdown, making the score 35-31 with only three minutes remaining in the game.
On the plus side, Lousiville left a good amount of time on the clock for one last UCF drive. Knights’ Quarterback Blake Bortles took the field planning to lead the Knights down the field for a game winning touchdown drive. After 10 plays, UCF drove 70 yards down the field and found themselves on goal line with less than a minute left in the game. On Third Down and Goal, Bortles rolled out towards his right and hit Jeff Godfrey in the back of the end zone for the game winning touchdown. The win went down as the biggest victory in UCF History, and got the Knights ranked as the 21st best team in the nation.