In the annual War on I-4, UCF pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 58-46 victory over USF on Friday at Raymond James Stadium. The win moved the Knights to 6-3 (5-3 in the American Athletic Conference) on the campaign while the loss dropped the Bulls to 1-8 (0-7 in the AAC) in 2020.
To say the game was an offensive explosion would be an understatement. Both teams posted a total of 104 points but that’s just the beginning of the story. Both offenses combined for 1,223 yards and 66 (yeah, you read that right) first downs.
Sadly, the outcome of this game was determined before kickoff because South Florida had not only been decimated by injuries but numerous players have been ruled inactive due to positive tests for Covid-19 or being exposed to the coronavirus especially on defense.
The Green & Gold
were forced all season to press into service players that, during a normal season, would be honing their skills on the scout team. That is not an excuse but a simple fact.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that, if spring practice rolls around in 2021, there will be a lot more players with game experience than HC Jeff Scott anticipated.
Here’s hoping we get back to some semblance of normalcy for the 2021 college football season. That would mean that the aberration that was the 2020 campaign would go down as the exception and not the rule.
In closing, I would like to thank our excellent group of photo-journalists. Due to the pandemic, this was the first time that we were allowed multiple cameramen into a contest as well as being allowed to move from the end zone concourse.
For that reason, I am posting all 39 pictures from the last game for both teams. My thanks to Trace Crisp and Matt Crisp for providing those shots. Enjoy.