UCF holds off South Florida, remains atop American
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Bortles threw a go-ahead 52-yard touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter, and Jordan Ozerities came up with a game-sealing interception as 17th-ranked UCF upended a pesky South Florida team, 23-20, to claim a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.
The Knights (10-1, 7-0 AAC), winners of seven in a row, have just one conference game left, next Saturday at SMU.
Bortles completed 17-of-26 passes for 219 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions, and the Knights overcame several turnovers to avoid the upset.
Mike White connected on 15-of-34 throws for 211 yards, but his costly interception with 1:20 left sealed the outcome for the Bulls (2-9, 2-5), who have lost five in a row.
South Florida had a chance to expand a 20-16 lead, but Marvin Kloss pushed a 51-yard field goal attempt wide right with 5:56 remaining. Three plays later, Bortles pump-faked and Perriman got behind a defender and caught the long pass in stride before racing to the end zone.
Facing a 3rd-and-6 from the UCF 39, White threw a pass to the left side of the field. Ozerities stepped in front of Chris Dunkley to make the interception and seal the win, the first for UCF in five meetings with the Bulls.
11/29 23:52:28 ET