UCF Defeats Florida Gators: In UFC Football, Great News! At the Bounce House, UCF can put up another unofficial championship. In the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday night, the Knights earned the title of the best team in Florida by defeating the Gators 29-17. “That’s what we always thought,” said MVP Ryan O’Keefe. We now have proof.
The proof was presented at Raymond James Stadium in front of an evenly split crowd of 63,669 people.
Knights coach Gus Malzahn emphasized several times that his team had beaten them handily.
Putting up 436 total yards, his Knights (9-4) won on offense. Florida (6-7) allowed more points to Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee (led by former Knights coach Josh Heupel).
O’Keefe was the most valuable player on the field, accumulating 251 all-purpose yards (110 rushings, 85 receiving, and 56 on kickoff returns). During the third quarter, he caught a 54-yard touchdown pass to set up a 74-yard touchdown – the longest in the bowl’s 14-year history.
2nd Best Player On the Field
Bowser pounded the ball 35 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns, making him the second-best player on the field. According to Malzahn, UCF was able to “impose our will” on Florida in the fourth quarter with Bowser. I agree with him.
UCF: Isaiah Bowser RB (Questionable), Dillon Gabriel QB (Out).
Florida: Anthony Richardson QB (Out), Zachary Carter DL (Out).