ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — On an afternoon when senior quarterback John Rhys Plumlee finished simply 8 passes, Central Florida scored on a blocked punt and rode 4 Colton Boomer box targets to a 27-10 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.
“A win is a win, it doesn’t matter what it looks as if,” mentioned Plumlee, who has produced two video games of 300 passing yards and 100 dashing yards this season. “What stood out nowadays was once our protection and particular groups.”
Plumlee didn’t whole a move within the first quarter and completed 8 of 16 for 49 yards with an interception and two sacks. He carried 16 instances for 100 yards to guide the Knights’ flooring sport.
Plumlee described his efficiency as “dangerous. I believe I’ve were given to be higher and I will be able to be higher.”
RJ Harvey and Isaiah Bowser mixed for 143 yards on 31 carries, and the Knights averaged 5.1 yards in step with rush.
“We have been having good fortune at the flooring so he saved leaning on us,” Bowser mentioned.
UCF (3-1) drove 71 yards on 20 performs, they all at the flooring, at the sport’s opening sequence to take a 3-0 lead on a 21-yard Boomer box objective.
Jeff Sims threw a 59-yard landing move to Malachi Carter to present Georgia Tech (1-3) a 7-3 lead in the second one quarter, however the Knights were given box targets from 21- and 31-yards out and, with :41 left within the first part, Jarvis Ware blocked David Shanahan’s punt. Quandric Bullard scooped up the free ball on the Yellow Jackets’ 29 and scored to ship UCF into intermission with a 13-7 lead.
“The massive play of the sport was once the blocked punt proper sooner than halftime. It gave us some momentum,” mentioned UCF trainer Guz Malzahn. “Whilst you cross into the locker room with momentum, that’s in reality just right in soccer.”
The groups traded 3rd quarter box targets and Plumlee charged 28 yards for a landing with 10:37 left within the sport, then handed for the two-point conversion and Boomer added a 43-yard box objective with 4:17 left.
Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste sacked Sims in the second one part and Tre’mon Morris-Brash returned the Tech fumble 89 yards, handiest to be stripped on the objective line by means of Nate McCollum for a Georgia Tech touchback. The Yellow Jackets then drove for a 42-yard Jude Kelley box objective to make it 16-10.
However two giant consequences helped UCF on a 57-yard landing force that ended with Plumlee’s landing run, which gave the Knights a 24-10 lead with 10:37 ultimate.
Sims was once 21 of 32 passing for 314 yards and a landing for Georgia Tech. He was once sacked 4 instances.
Georgia Tech misplaced its 9th immediately sport towards an FBS opponent however outgained UCF, 452 yards to 333. 8 consequences, a few of them prolonging UCF drives, have been vital, and linebacker Charlie Thomas was once disqualified for focused on right through UCF’s fourth-quarter landing force.
UCF didn’t put up gaudy offensive stats however confirmed it would win with protection and massive particular groups performs when Plumleee had an off day. “We did surrender some yards,” famous Malzahn, “however after we were given within the pink zone we got here up with giant performs time and time once more.”
Georgia Tech: Performs at No. 24 Pittsburgh within the first of 7 immediately ACC video games on Oct. 1.
UCF: Opens its AAC time table Oct. 1 with a house sport towards SMU.
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