UCF at Texas-El Paso

UCF 31, UTEP 24


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.

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Scoring Summary
UCFJeff Godfrey 46 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt kick)
UTEPNathan Jeffery 2 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)
UTEPSteven Valadez 20 yd FG
UCFBlake Bortles 2 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)
UCFShawn Moffitt 30 yd FG
UCFBlake Bortles 10 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)
UTEPBlaire Sullivan 2 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)
UTEPNathan Jeffery 69 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)
UCFLatavius Murray 46 yd run (Shawn Moffitt kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2017
Third Down Efficiency7-155-13
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-1
Plays-Net Yards69-40264-346
Passing Yds21479
Kick Return Yds748
Punt Return Yds-820
Time of Poss.27:5230:12
Individual Stats
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
UCF3rd American Athletic East4-46-7
Texas-El Paso5th Conference USA West2-64-8

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