ORLANDO, Fla. -- Quincy McDuffie ran for three touchdowns and Blake Bortles threw for two scores to lead Central Florida to a 49-24 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday.
With the win, UCF (9-3, 7-1) clinched Conference USA's East Division title and will face Tulsa in the conference championship game next Saturday. McDuffie had scoring runs of 9, 8 and 43 yards in his final home game for Central Florida.
Bortles, who completed 17 of 23 for 225 yards, hit J.J. Worton with scoring passes of 18 and 4 yards. Lyle Dankenbring returned an interception 78 yards for a score as the Knights took advantage of numerous Blazer mistakes to jump out to a 35-10 halftime lead.
Jonathan Perry threw for 307 yards, two touchdown passes and a rushing score for UAB (3-9, 2-6).
UAB outgained UCF 322-237 in the first half, but three drives inside the Knights' 20-yard line ended with no points.
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|UCF||J.J. Worton 18 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UCF||Latavius Murray 3 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UAB||Ty Long 25 yd FG|
|UCF||Quincy McDuffie 9 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UCF||Lyle Dankenbring 78 yd interception return (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UAB||Patrick Hearn 76 yd pass from Jonathan Perry (Ty Long kick)|
|UCF||J.J. Worton 4 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UCF||Quincy McDuffie 8 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|UAB||Jonathan Perry 2 yd run (Ty Long kick)|
|UAB||Darrin Reaves 15 yd pass from Jonathan Perry (Ty Long kick)|
|UCF||Quincy McDuffie 43 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-16||6-11|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-5||0-2|
|Kick Return Yds||52||101|
|Punt Return Yds||0||34|
|Time of Poss.||29:57||30:3|
|UAB: Darrin Reaves 18-71, Bashr Coles 3-27, Jonathan Perry 5--2, Austin Brown 1--7|
|UCF: Latavius Murray 15-94, Quincy McDuffie 6-79, Brynn Harvey 6-27, Blake Bortles 6-21, Storm Johnson 4-5, Rob Calabrese 1-3, Jeff Godfrey 1-0|
|UAB: Jonathan Perry 21-28-307-0, Austin Brown 16-28-203-1|
|UCF: Blake Bortles 17-23-225-0, Rob Calabrese 1-1-19-0|
|UAB: Patrick Hearn 8-201, Jackie Williams 8-55, Darrin Reaves 6-52, Kennard Backman 5-78, Jay Davis 4-66, Nick Adams 3-32, Stephen Herring 1-13, Sam Accursio 1-8, Bashr Coles 1-5|
|UCF: Jeff Godfrey 4-46, Breshad Perriman 3-55, Dontravius Floyd 3-45, J.J. Worton 3-36, Rannell Hall 1-19, Quincy McDuffie 1-17, Latavius Murray 1-11, Storm Johnson 1-9, Josh Reese 1-6|
|UAB||5th Conference USA East||2-6||3-9|
|UCF||2nd Conference USA East||7-2||10-4|