UCF trounces Rutgers, earn sixth straight win


James Tutten / Valencia Voice

Blake Bortles (No. 5) rushes for the end zone against Rutgers.

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles led his team to a 41-17 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Thursday at Bright House Networks Stadium

“Blake Bortles had an exceptional game,” UCF head coach George O’Leary said “Taking plays that weren’t there and making plays out of them.”

UCF as a whole played a dominating game on both sides of the field; defense and offense both imposed their dominance at will.

“Thought as a team we played very well,” said O’Leary after the game

Throughout the game Bortles kept Rutgers’ pass defense on their heels, exposing Rutgers weaknesses by showing his dual threat ability to run and throw.

This is the fourth game in the season Bortles threw for over 300 yards.

“We are big on finishing, not giving teams a chances late,” said Bortels in the post-game interview.

Bortles did a great job of sensing pressure within the pocket and showed his athletic ability to escape to make the accurate throw.

Bortles closed the end of the game going 21-30, 335 yards, one touchdown.

Rutgers was able to put up 14 points in the first half due to their special team, 1 block punt which was recovered in the end zone, and a fake punt leading a running touchdown at the 1-yard line.

Rutgers looked as if they lost the will to fight going into the fourth quarter.

Gary Nova, Rutgers’ quarterback had a horrific game passing for only 107 yard going 11-34 with one interception.

Not much good could be said about Rutgers’ performance tonight except for their special teams that come through for them in a few moments of the game.

UCF will be playing one of the, if not the biggest rivalry game of the season next week against the University of South Florida.

“Everyone knows its a rivalry game, we will get back at and geared up for them Friday,” said Bortles after the game.

The Knights are on a six-game winning streak, their future is looking bright for their next game and the remainder of the season.