The Central Florida Knights picked up their second-ever bowl win Friday night, defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 38-17, in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at Tropicana Field.
As the final score indicates, the Knights (10-4) dominated the stat sheet. Central Florida outgained Ball State (9-4), 494-286, and finished with 31 first downs, compared to 23 for the Cardinals. UCF was 9 of 12 on third downs, while Ball State was just 3 of 9. The Knights had a huge advantage in the run game, picking up 223 yards, compared to Ball State's 68.
Quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Latavius Murray had big games for UCF. Bortles was 22 of 32 for 271 yards and three touchdowns, and he rushed nine times for 79 yards and another score. Murray picked up 73 yards and a TD on 21 carries, and he caught six passes for 32 yards and two more touchdowns.
Keith Wenning completed 22 of 34 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals. Jahwan Edwards rushed 14 times for 89 yards, and Willie Snead hauled in seven catches for 78 yards and two scores.