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Central Florida 46, South Florida 39

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

By Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Alec Holler made a leaping, one-handed catch for a touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Mikey Keene with 20 seconds remaining to lead No. 25 UCF to a 46-39 win over South Florida.

Keene completed a 41-yard pass to Javon Baker for a first down at the South Florida 29. Keene added a 10-yard run on a keeper to get the ball to the Bulls' 15 and set up Holler's leaping, twisting game-winning grab for UCF (9-3, 6-2 AAC).

South Florida (1-11, 0-8) got the ball to the UCF 32, but the Bulls' last-ditch attempt went out of the end zone.

UCF will play at No. 19 Tulane (10-2, 7-1) in the AAC title game on Saturday.

UCF scored on its first four possessions of the game to take a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter. But South Florida stormed back, scoring 22 points in a 3:44 span of the third quarter to pull within 31-29, forcing two turnovers to set up touchdowns.

South Florida even took a 39-38 lead with 7:02 remaining in the game when Bulls quarterback Bynum Brown reeled off a 42-yard TD run off an option keeper.

The Knights answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Keene throwing a 4-yard touchdown to Kobe Hudson to make it 38-29. Keene was 15 of 19 for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

UCF starting quarterback John Rhys Plumlee had eight carries for 133 yards and a touchdown before he left the game with a pulled hamstring. He was also 9-for-9 passing for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Brown threw for 140 yards and rushed for 109 and a touchdown. Brian Battie rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulls.

THE TAKEAWAY

UCF: Plumlee's health will be a big factor going into next week's AAC title against No. 19 Tulane in New Orleans. Keene's experience coming off the bench proved key to another late win for the Knights. UCF, which won six straight against rival USF, will head to the Big 12 next season.

South Florida: The Bulls will be looking for a new coach in the offseason after Jeff Scott was fired on Nov. 6. Whoever takes over could inherit some young talent on offense, especially Brown - as long as he and others decide not to enter the transfer portal.

November 26, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UCFUSF
UCF TD 12:17 John Rhys Plumlee 64 yard TD run (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 7 0
UCF TD 2:44 RJ Harvey 3 yard TD run (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 14 0
Second Quarter UCFUSF
UCF TD 11:25 John Rhys Plumlee 20 yard TD run (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 21 0
UCF TD 7:20 Ryan O'Keefe 3 yard TD pass from John Rhys Plumlee (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 28 0
USF TD 0:40 Sean Atkins 2 yard TD pass from Byrum Brown (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 28 7
Third Quarter UCFUSF
UCF FG 9:15 Colton Boomer 27 yard field goal 31 7
USF TD 7:15 Byrum Brown 4 yard TD run (Jimmy Horn Jr. 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 31 15
USF TD 5:03 Michel Dukes 5 yard TD run (Sean Atkins 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 31 23
USF TD 3:31 Brian Battie 14 yard TD run (2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 31 29
Fourth Quarter UCFUSF
UCF TD 12:27 Kobe Hudson 4 yard TD pass from Mikey Keene (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 38 29
USF FG 9:31 Spencer Shrader 34 yard field goal 38 32
USF TD 7:02 Byrum Brown 42 yard TD run (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 38 39
UCF TD 0:20 Alec Holler 14 yard TD pass from Mikey Keene (Isaiah Bowser 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 46 39
Team Stats
  UCF South Florida
First downs 27 23
  Rushing 17 13
  Passing 10 8
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 10-12, 83% 4-9, 44%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 47-345 43-298
Passing Yards 202 140
Return Yards 18 133
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-29-0 13-20-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-4 1-9
Punts 1 2
Fumbles Lost 3-3 2-2
Penalties - Yards 4-47 2-10
UCF Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Keene 15 19 129 2 0
J. Plumlee 9 9 73 1 0
South Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Brown 13 20 140 1 1
UCF Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Plumlee 8 133 16.6 2
R. Harvey 15 71 4.7 1
I. Bowser 17 57 3.4 0
R. O'Keefe 3 53 17.7 0
M. Keene 3 17 5.7 0
J. Richardson 1 14 14.0 0
South Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Battie 19 144 7.6 1
B. Brown 15 109 7.3 2
J. Horn Jr. 1 16 16.0 0
M. Dukes 5 16 3.2 1
K. Joiner 2 10 5.0 0
J. Albritton 1 3 3.0 0
UCF Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Baker 3 51 17.0 0
R. O'Keefe 6 43 7.2 1
K. Hudson 4 38 9.5 1
A. Holler 4 32 8.0 1
R. Harvey 4 14 3.5 0
J. Richardson 2 12 6.0 0
I. Bowser 1 12 12.0 0
South Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Horn Jr. 5 50 10.0 0
H. Willis 2 33 16.5 0
O. Dollison 2 20 10.0 0
K. Joiner 1 17 17.0 0
M. Dukes 1 9 9.0 0
B. Battie 1 9 9.0 0
S. Atkins 1 2 2.0 1
UCF Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Hodges 1 0
South Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UCF Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. McCarthy 1 46 46.0
South Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. McCreary 2 61 30.5
UCF Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Atkins 1 33 33.0
UCF Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Townsend 1 18 18.0
South Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Battie 4 100 25.0
T. Simpson 1 0 0
UCF Missed FG
Player Length
South Florida Missed FG
Player Length




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