UCF Bowl History

In just a short span, the Knights have a memorable bowl history, which includes the 2014 Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor that capped a 13-1 campaign. UCF has been to a bowl seven times over an 11-year span. The Black and Gold have also earned berths to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, AutoZone Liberty Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowl in its history.

2014 BitCoin
St. Petersburg Bowl

Dec. 26, 2014
St. Petersburg, Fla. (Tropicana Field)


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  • Josh Reese was named team MVP with a Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl-record three receiving touchdowns (14-yd, 6-yd, 2-yd), tying a school bowl game record.
  • Breshad Perriman finished with nine receptions for 138 years
  •  A UCF bowl record was tied by Justin Holman with three touchdowns. He finished with 23 completions for 291 yards.
  • The Knights trailed 34-13 in the fourth quarter and rallied before falling 24-27.
  • UCF sold out two allotments of tickets (7,500 in total). Attendance at Tropicana Field was 26,675, marking the second-highest crowd in bowl history (29,763, 2009, UCF vs. Rutgers).
  • UCF concluded 2014 with a 9-4 record, marking the fifth time in the six seasons the Knights reached eight wins.


2014 Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl

Jan. 1, 2014
Glendale, Ariz. (University of Phoenix Stadium)


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  • Blake Bortles was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Offensive Player of the Game after recording 301 passing yards and three passing touchdowns as well as a career-high 93 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
  • Terrance Plummer was named Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Defensive Player of the Game after racking up a team-high 14 tackles, 0.5 sacks and 0.5 tackles for loss.
  • Storm Johnson set a season high with 124 rushing yards and tied a season-high with three rushing touchdowns.
  • Rannell Hall recorded a 50-yard and 34-yard touchdown reception in the first half.
  • UCF (12-1) won its third straight bowl game and set a school record with its 12th victory.
  • The winningest senior class in school history ended their career with a four-year record of 38-15 from 2010-13. The .717 winning percentage also is a school record over a four-year span.
  • The Knights entered the year with one win in program history over a ranked team (No. 13/12 Houston in 2009). UCF finished the season with two - both over top-10 teams in No. 8/6 Louisville and No. 6/5 Baylor

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Dec. 21, 2012
St. Petersburg, Fla. (Tropicana Field)


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  • Sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles was selected as the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl MVP, and went 22-for-33 with 272 yards, while tying a career-high with three passing touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for a career-high 80 yards and one touchdown.
  • Senior running back  Latavius Murray rushed 21 times for 71 yards and a score. He also had six catches for 33 yards and two touchdowns.
  • True freshman Breshad Perriman tied a personal-best with five receptions while setting a career-high with 90 yards.
  • Senior free safety Kemal Ishmael started his final 49 games and posted seven tackles and forced a fumble for the Knights.
  • UCF finished the 2012 season with a 10-4 record, tying for the second-most victories in a single season, and it was the fourth time since the program's inception in 1979 it collected double-digit victories.
  • By reaching paydirt five times, the Knights eclipsed the most overall touchdowns (67) and the most offensive touchdowns (61) in school history.


2010 AutoZone
Liberty Bowl

Dec. 31, 2010
Memphis, Tenn. (Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium)


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  • No. 24 (Coaches)/ 25 (BCS) UCF completed -- at the time -- the winningest season in school history at 11-3 by registering its first bowl victory. It was also the second-ever win over an SEC foe.  
  • UCF sophomore safety Kemal Ishmael batted down a Hail Mary pass that preserved the Knights' victory over Georgia, and set off a wild celebration among the 8,000 Knights fans inside the Liberty Bowl.
  • UCF finished the season winning nine of its last 10 games after starting 2-2.
  • Latavius Murray, the game's Outstanding Offensive Player and MVP, registered his 11th rushing touchdown of the year and reached the 100-yard plateau for the second time in his career.
  • Freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey completed 16 of 29 passes for 117 yards.


St. Petersburg Bowl

Dec. 19, 2009
St. Petersburg, Fla. (Tropicana Field)


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  • UCF processed and allocated 15,402 tickets for the St. Petersburg Bowl, encompassing a total of four separate blocks of tickets given to the school. The announced attendance was 29,763 – including approximately 20,000 UCF fans -- still stands as a bowl record.
  • The Knights' fourth-best rushing defense in the nation limited Rutgers to just 86 yards on the ground.
  • Junior Kamar Aiken registered a game-high four receptions and two touchdowns to earn UCF's Most Outstanding Player of the Fame.
  • Senior quarterback Brett Hodges wrapped up the 2009 campaign with two touchdown passes, increasing his total to 17 on the year.
  • Junior Bruce Miller recorded his 13th sack of the campaign, tying for the third most in program history.


2007 AutoZone
Liberty Bowl

Dec. 29, 2007
Memphis, Tenn. (Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium)


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  • UCF finished 2007 with a 10-4 record, marking the most wins in a season in program history at the time.
  • The UCF defense held MSU to a school-record 39 passing yards. The Black and Gold's previous season-low was 144 yards vs. Southern Miss.
  • Junior running back Kevin Smith eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the 13th time in the 2007 season, tallying 35 carries for 119 yards. Smith finished the season in second on the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision single-season rushing list with 2,567 yards.
  • Junior Johnell Neal picked off his sixth pass of the season, tying Joe Burnett for the team and Conference USA leads. The interception was the Knights' 24th of the season, which was the second most in the FBS in 2007.
  • Junior safety Jason Venson had a game-high 11 tackles.


2005 Sheraton
Hawaii Bowl

Dec. 24, 2005
Honolulu, Hawaii (Aloha Stadium)


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  • Following the first bowl appearance in school history, UCF finished the season with an 8-5 record, just one year after going 0-11. The turnaround of seven games from 2004 leaves UCF tied with seven other schools for the fourth-best single-season turnaround in NCAA I-A history.
  • UCF scored for the seventh time on its opening drive. Junior QB Steven Moffett tossed a 51-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Brandon Marshall.
  • True freshman Kevin Smith, Conference USA's Freshman of the Year, scored on a 78-yard run, the second longest run from scrimmage in UCF history at the time. The run was the longest in school history by a freshman and longest in UCF's 10-year Division I-A history. It also serves as the longest run in Sheraton Hawaii Bowl History.
  • Brandon Marshall became the 10th player in UCF history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau for receiving in a season. He ended the campaign with 1,195 yards receiving and seven 100-yard games.
  • Senior PK Matt Prater kicked three field goals to move into sole possession of second place in UCF history with 49 career field goals.