Akron at UCF

UCF passing attack too much for Akron in 38-7 win

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Blake Bortles had three touchdown passes and threw for a career-high 314 yards as UCF blew past Akron 38-7 on Thursday night.

Storm Johnson added 99 yards rushing and two scores as the Knights won their eighth consecutive season-opener and second straight over the Zips.

It was the first 300-yard passing game of Bortles' career and the first by a Knights' quarterback since 2009.

Akron dropped its 10th straight game, dating back to last season.

The Zips put pressure on Bortles, but never got traction on offense and had a pair of turnovers. Akron also struggled on third down in the first half (2 of 6) and failed to keep UCF's secondary off balance despite its hurry-up attack.

The Knights are on the road next at Florida International. Akron opens its home schedule against James Madison.

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Scoring Summary
UCFBreshad Perriman 91 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt kick)
UCFRannell Hall 19 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt kick)
UCFJ.J. Worton 39 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt kick)
UCFShawn Moffitt 32 yd FG
UCFStorm Johnson 9 yd run (Rodrigo Quirarte kick)
UCFStorm Johnson 1 yd run (Rodrigo Quirarte kick)
AKRONImani Davis 11 yd pass from Nick Hirschman (Robert Stein kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1523
Third Down Efficiency8-169-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-0
Plays-Net Yards60-25066-476
Passing Yds116319
Kick Return Yds7832
Punt Return Yds117
Time of Poss.27:2132:39
Individual Stats
AKRON: D.J. Jones 5-54, Conor Hundley 10-50, Kyle Pohl 7-17, Jawon Chisholm 11-10, Nick Hirschman 1-5, Zach D'Orazio 1--2
UCF: Storm Johnson 20-99, William Stanback 7-38, Cedric Thompson 3-16, Rannell Hall 1-4, Blake Bortles 6-2, Team 1-0, Tyler Gabbert 1--2
AKRON: Kyle Pohl 16-21-98-1, Nick Hirschman 2-4-18-0
UCF: Blake Bortles 18-24-314-0, Tyler Gabbert 1-3-5-0
AKRON: Fransohn Bickley 3-26, Mykel Traylor-Bennett 3-25, Dee Frieson 3-10, L.T. Smith 2-25, Imani Davis 2-13, Conor Hundley 2-0, Tyrell Goodman 1-10, Keith Sconiers 1-4, Jawon Chisholm 1-3
UCF: Breshad Perriman 3-113, J.J. Worton 3-60, Rannell Hall 3-54, Josh Reese 2-38, Justin Tukes 2-25, Jeff Godfrey 2-13, Storm Johnson 2-2, Kevin Miller 1-9, Dareen Owi 1-5
Akron3rd Mid American East3-55-7
UCF3rd American Athletic East4-46-7

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