Southern Miss vs. UCF 2012 final score: Knights hold off Golden Eagles for 38-31 2OT win

The Southern Miss. Golden Eagles have had a pretty miserable season, but they gave the UCF Knights all they could handle. The Knights held on for a 24-21 win, but it was much closer than many thought it would be. Blake Bortles threw for 239 yards and ran for two touchdowns to pace the Knights offense, and the defense held Southern Miss to under 300 total yards.

UCF jumped out to a 10-0 lead but were never able to create much distance between them and Southern Miss. Jalen Richard had two second-half touchdowns to keep the Eagles in the game, but it seemed like their defense wasn't able to get the stops they needed late in the game. However, the UCF offense wasn't able to put the game away, and Southern Miss was able to tie the game with 18 seconds left to send it to overtime.

The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime. UCF scored a touchdown to lead off the second overtime, but Kemal Ishmael picked off Anthony Alford to end the game at 38-31.

Box Score Hero: There weren't a ton of offensive bright spots, but Bortles gets the nod here based on his two rushing touchdowns for the Knights. He went 27-40 for 272 yards in the air.

Rankings Ramifications: Neither team was ranked entering the game, and neither one will be after.

But did they cover? UCF was favored by 16 points, so they failed to cover the spread.

What's next?

UCF: 10/20, at Memphis

Southern Miss: 10/20, vs. Marshall

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.