Central Florida Edges Temple 39-36

NCAA Football: Central Florida at Temple

Nov 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; UCF Knights wide receiver Rannell Hall (6) stiff arms Temple Owls linebacker Blaze Caponegro (6) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Howard Smith-USATSI)

Shawn Moffit’s 23-yard field goal as time expired helped save the University of Central Florida’s chances of going to a BCS bowl game as the Knights (8-1, 5-0 in AAC) defeated the Temple Owls 39-36.

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles connected with Rannell Hall for a 64-yard pass to put the Knights in field goal position.

Temple (1-9, 0-6 in AAC) kept it close, relying on its offense in the American Athletic Conference shootout.  Quarterback P.J. Walker finished the day completing 26 of 44 passes for 382 yards and five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing).  Walker was able to throw two of his touchdowns to wide receiver Robbie Anderson.

The highlight of the game was the spectacular catch that was made by UCF wide receiver J.J. Worton.  With UCF trailing 36-29 and just more than a minute remaining, Bortles threw a pass that at first looked to be a little long.  However, Worton jumped into the air, stretched out, and make a one handed catch in the back of the endzone for the touchdown.

The 30-yard touchdown pass was one of four that Bortles threw on Saturday.  Bortles finished the day 27 for 38 for 404 yards.

If Central Florida wins the remaining games on its schedule, the Knights will earn an automatic bid into a BCS Bowl game.  The Knights will play Thursday night in Orlando against Rutgers.  Temple will host the University of Connecticut in what will be the Owls last home game of the season.



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