EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Blake Bortles ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Latavius Murray rushed for a touchdown to break a fourth-quarter tie as Central Florida defeated UTEP 31-24 on Saturday night.
Bortles scored on 2-yard and 10-yard runs. He threw a 46-yard pass to Jeff Godfrey for a touchdown. Murray rushed 46 yards for a touchdown, breaking a fourth-quarter tie and giving the Knights (8-2, 6-0 Conference USA) the lead for good.
Bortles was 16 of 27 for 214 yards and was sacked three times. Murray had 23 carries for 117 yards.
Shawn Moffitt added a 30-yard field goal.
UTEP (2-8, 1-5) scored on its ground game. Jeffery Nathan rushed for two touchdowns, including a 69-yard run to even the score, 24-24, in the fourth quarter. Blaire Sullivan was 5 of 11 for 79 yards for the Miners. He also ran 2 yards for a touchdown.
Central Florida has won six consecutive games.
|UCF||Jeff Godfrey 46 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UTEP||Nathan Jeffery 2 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)|
|UTEP||Steven Valadez 20 yd FG|
|UCF||Blake Bortles 2 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UCF||Shawn Moffitt 30 yd FG|
|UCF||Blake Bortles 10 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UTEP||Blaire Sullivan 2 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)|
|UTEP||Nathan Jeffery 69 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)|
|UCF||Latavius Murray 46 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||7-15||5-13|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||0-1|
|Kick Return Yds||7||48|
|Punt Return Yds||-8||20|
|Time of Poss.||27:52||30:12|
|UCF: Latavius Murray 23-117, Blake Bortles 11-39, Rob Calabrese 5-26, Quincy McDuffie 1-8, Team 1--2|
|UTEP: Nathan Jeffery 24-174, Blaire Sullivan 23-74, Laquintus Dowell 2-11, Jim Jones 1-10, Michael Edwards 2-0, Team 1--2|
|UCF: Blake Bortles 16-27-214-0, Team 0-1-0-0|
|UTEP: Blaire Sullivan 5-11-79-1|
|UCF: Rannell Hall 3-72, Jeff Godfrey 3-67, Quincy McDuffie 3-25, Latavius Murray 3-12, J.J. Worton 2-20, Justin Tukes 1-11, Breshad Perriman 1-7|
|UTEP: Jordan Leslie 2-51, Nathan Jeffery 1-14, Michael Edwards 1-9, Craig Wenrick 1-5|
|UCF||1st American Athletic||8-0||11-1|
|Texas-El Paso||7th Conference USA West||1-7||2-10|