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             === Bortles and UCF outshoot Baylor in Fiesta Bowl ===
 
 Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Bortles accounted for four touchdowns
 and  Storm Johnson rushed for a trio of scores, as No. 15 UCF outgunned sixth-
 ranked Baylor en route to a 52-42 triumph Wednesday in the 43rd edition of the
 Fiesta Bowl from University of Phoenix Stadium.
 
 Bortles  completed 20-of-31 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns with two
 interceptions  while rushing for 93 yards and a score on eight carries for the
 Knights  (12-1),  who made  their  first  BCS  bowl  appearance thanks  to  an
 undefeated run in the American Athletic Conference.
 
 "I  think he  came back and made some  big plays with his legs and also turned
 some  plays that  could have  been very  bad for  us, into  really good  plays
 getting  the  ball downfield," UCF head  coach George O'Leary said of Bortles,
 who was named the game's offensive MVP.
 
 Johnson racked up 124 yards on 20 carries and Rannell Hall hauled in a pair of
 touchdown  passes  in the win,  UCF's ninth in a  row since suffering its lone
 loss of the season against South Carolina on Sept. 28.
 
 The  Bears (11-2)  notched their first-ever 11-win season, Big 12 championship
 and  BCS bowl  berth thanks in large  part to the nation's top scoring offense
 during  the  regular season, but  were unable to put  up enough points to keep
 pace with the Knights despite a five-touchdown effort from Bryce Petty.
 
 Petty rushed for three scores and tossed a pair of touchdown passes, finishing
 30-of-47 passing for 356 yards with an interception in the setback.
 
 "We  caught  a football team that  was hot," Baylor coach Art Briles admitted.
 "They  played extremely well early, got into us. We tried to play catch up the
 whole game, never could turn it around when it needed turning."
 
 Petty's  1-yard TD  run and  subsequent two-point  conversion scamper  brought
 Baylor  even at 28-28 less than five minutes into the third, but UCF found the
 end zone on each of its next three touches to take control of the contest.
 
 The  first score  capped a 9-play, 76-yard trek that featured three third-down
 conversions,  including  a 3rd-and-4 from  the Baylor  10 that saw Bortles hit
 Breshad  Perriman in the  back right corner of the end zone to put the Knights
 back on top.
 
 Following  a Baylor punt, Bortles broke free for 22 yards on the first play of
 the  fourth quarter  before scurrying into the  end zone from 15 yards out two
 snaps later to make it 42-28 in favor of UCF.
 
 Corey  Coleman  returned the  ensuing kickoff  42 yards to  help set up Glasco
 Martin's  9-yard  TD run that brought  Baylor within seven, but Johnson ripped
 off  a 40-yard  touchdown run four plays  into UCF's next drive to restore the
 Knights' two-touchdown lead.
 
 Shawn  Moffitt nailed  a 36-yard field goal  on UCF's next touch and Petty hit
 Clay Fuller for a 9-yard touchdown with just over a minute left to account for
 the final margin.
 
 Early  on, Johnson found the end zone on UCF's first two touches, scoring from
 11 yards out on the first drive and two yards out on the second to give UCF an
 early 14-point edge.
 
 A  short punt from  UCF's Caleb Houston set the Bears up at the UCF 45 late in
 the  first and  after Lache Seastrunk converted a 3rd-and-2 with a 29-yard run
 to the 8-yard line, Petty scored from a yard out two plays later to get Baylor
 on the board.
 
 Baylor's  defense came up with a big play early in the second to help the team
 get  within one,  as Eddie Lackey picked off  a Bortles pass at the UCF 32 and
 Petty hit Levi Norwood for a 30-yard score two plays later.
 
 However,  holder Brody  Trahan dropped the snap on the ensuing extra point and
 tried  to take off  around the right end, but was tripped up short of the goal
 line, leaving Baylor trailing 14-13 with 8:01 left in the half.
 
 After  the  teams exchanged turnovers,  Bortles capped a quick 5-play sequence
 with  a short screen  pass out to the left for Hall, who followed his blockers
 and sprinted into the end zone for a 50-yard score and a 21-13 lead.
 
 Petty answered with a 13-yard TD run that saw him leap for the right pylon and
 get  flipped  head-over-heels before  landing on  his back in  the end zone to
 again bring Baylor within one.
 
 UCF  had the final  say in the frame though, as Bortles went back to Hall on a
 short swing pass out to the right that Hall took the rest of the way for a 34-
 yard score that sent UCF into the break with a 28-20 lead.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 UCF  improved to 3-3 all-time in bowl games, while Baylor dropped to 10-10 ...
 UCF's  12 wins  and nine-game win streak are both school records ... Seastrunk
 finished  with 117 yards  on 17 carries ... Hall had a game-high 113 receiving
 yards  on  four catches  ... The teams  combined for 1,106  total yards and 56
 first  downs  ... Baylor was  called for 17  penalties, totaling 135 yards ...
 Baylor  set the all-time  NCAA record for most points in a 13-game season with
 681 points ... The 94 combined points were the most in Fiesta Bowl history and
 second most in BCS history behind the 2012 Sugar Bowl, which saw West Virginia
 and Clemson combine for 103 points.
 
 
 01/02 02:38:01 ET

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