The UCF Knights are one of the most rapidly rising teams in all of college football. Since forming a football team in the late 1970’s as a Division III program, the Knights have done nothing but exceed expectations, and move higher and higher on college football’s ladder. By 1996 UCF had moved into the FBS Division (Division 1A) of college football. It would take the Knights almost a decade before they would reach their 1st bowl game.
In 2005, the UCF Knights qualified for their 1st ever bowl game and took on the Nevada Wolfpack in the Sheraton Hawai’I Bowl. The game would go on to be one of the most exciting of the 2005 season, ending in a 49-48 win for Nevada. Despite the loss, the game proved to be a stepping stone for the Knights who would return to bowl season and achieve some major success. It would take 5 years before the Knights would achieve their first Bowl Victory. In 2010 UCF took on the Georgia Bulldogs in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The game and opponent would be some of the most elite that the Knights had ever competed against. But UCF would come out victorious, etching out a close victory 10-6. The most memorable bowl game for the UCF Knights came in 2014. UCF would win the AAC and earn a berth in the Fiesta Bowl, one of the nation’s top bowl games. Despite facing a heavily favored Baylor Bears team, the Knights, led by the stellar play of quarterback Blake Bortles, would go on to dominate the game. The final score ended up 52-42 and the game was one of the most exciting of the year.
The win in the Fiesta Bowl cemented the UCF Knights as one of the nation’s top football program. Players and fans from around the country were able to see the Knights play outstanding in a top game. This success helped spread the UCF brand across the country. Whenever the Knights play in a bowl game, they travel extremely well, and with half the stadium filled with the Black and Gold.
UCF Knights Recent Bowl Game History
The UCF Knights squared off against N.C. State Wolfpack in the 2014 St. Petersburg Bowl. After coming off UCF’s successful 12-win season in 2013, the Knights were hoping to end their 2014 disappointing season on a high note. The average ticket price for the St. Petersburg Bowl was $75, this was a considerate decrease from the $159 average ticket price from UCF’s showing in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.