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  Mikey Keene threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Alec Holler with 20 seconds remaining to lead No. 25 UCF to a 46-39 win over South Florida on Saturday night and earn a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Keene completed a 41-yard pass to Javon Baker for a first down at the South Florida 29. Keene added a 10-yard run on a keeper to get the ball to the Bulls' 15 and set up the game-winning play for UCF (9-3, 6-2 AAC). South Florida (1-11, 0-8) got the ball to the UCF 32, but the Bulls' Hail Mary attempt went out of the end zone. UCF scored on its first four possessions of the game to take a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter. But South Florida stormed back, scoring 22 points in a 3:44 span of the third quarter to pull within 31-29, forcing two turnovers to set up touchdowns.

South Florida even took a 39-38 lead with 7:02 remaining in the game when Bulls quarterback Bynum Brown reeled off a 42-yard TD run off an option keeper. The Knights answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Keene throwing a 4-yard touchdown to Kobe Hudson to make it 38-29. Keene was 15 of 19 for 129 yards and two touchdowns. UCF starting quarterback John Rhys Plumlee had eight carries for 133 yards and a touchdown before he left the game with a pulled hamstring. He was also 9-for-9 passing for 73 yards and a touchdown. Brown threw for 140 yards and rushed for 109 and a touchdown. Brian Battie rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulls. - UCF/AP College Football


rSr/2023 TE Alec HollerCentral Florida
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  NOV 14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: John Rhys Plumlee, Sr., QB, UCF,...Plumlee led UCF to a 38-31 win at No. 17 Tulane, handing the Green Wave its first American Athletic Conference loss of the season and moving the Knights into a three-way tie atop the conference standings. Plumlee figured in 308 yards of total offense and three touchdowns as he rushed for a game-high 176 yards and two TDs and completed 17 of 30 passes and another score. Plumlee, who ranks fifth in The American in rushing (66.5 ypg), set UCF's single-game rushing record for a quarterback. - American Athletic Conference Football

Sr/2023 QB John Rhys PlumleeCentral Florida
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  UCF used a season-high 336 yards of rushing to run past Tulane, 38-31, in New Orleans. The win put the Knights in the driver's seat for the American Athletic Conference title as they have the tie-breaker advantage over both the Green Wave and Cincinnati who they are tied with at the top of the standings. The win moved UCF up to No. 18 in this week's USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, while Tulane dropped to No. 22. - American Football Coaches Association

Sr/2023 QB John Rhys PlumleeCentral Florida
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  John Rhys Plumlee accounted for 308 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 22 UCF took over first place in the American Athletic Conference with a 38-31 victory over No. 16 Tulane on Saturday. Returning from an Oct. 29 concussion against Cincinnati, Plumlee rushed for 176 yards and two TDs. He also passed for 132 yards and a score as UCF (8-2, 5-1) surpassed 400 yards of offense for the eighth time this season. Plumlee's rushing total was his highest with UCF but short of his career high of 212 for Mississippi against LSU in 2019. Tulane (8-2, 5-1) pulled within a touchdown with 11:39 left when Michael Pratt hit Reggie Brown in the back of the end zone to cap a drive sustained by Pratt's fourth-and-6 conversion on a pass to Lawrence Keys. But the Knights responded with a 16-play, 75-yard scoring drive that consumed 8:07 and was sustained by a fourth-down pass interference penalty on Tulane's Jarius Monroe on running back Isaiah Bowser's pass intended for Plumlee along the sideline.

Bowser finished it off with his second short touchdown run of the game to make it 38-24 with 3:32 left. Tulane drove for one final score on Pratt's 6-yard pass to Shae Wyatt with 1:46 left, but the Green Wave's onside kick was recovered by UCF, which didn't punt the ball back until the final seconds. Pratt finished 23 of 39 for 236 yards and three TDs. Tulane's Jha-Quan Jackson caught five passes for 95 yards. Plumlee helped UCF to a 10-0 lead when he kept the ball up the middle, cut outside to his right and outraced all pursuers for a 67-yard touchdown. Tulane answered with Pratt's 1-yard fade to Duece Watts, set up by Tyjae Spears' 70-yard run. UCF restored its 10-point lead when Bowser took a direct snap on fourth-and-1, faked left and darted right for an easy score, his 12th this season. - UCF/AP College Football


Sr/2023 QB John Rhys PlumleeCentral Florida
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  OCT 31 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: RJ Harvey, Jr., RB, UCF,...Rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in a 25-21 win against No. 20/19 Cincinnati. - American Athletic Conference Football

rJr/2024 RB RJ HarveyCentral Florida
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  NOV 7 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: RJ Harvey, Jr., RB, UCF,...Rushed for a career-high 151 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in a 35-28 win at Memphis. - American Athletic Conference Football

rJr/2024 RB RJ HarveyCentral Florida
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  Mikey Keene passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns and RJ Harvey rushed for 151 yards and a score to lead No. 25 UCF to a 35-28 win over Memphis on Saturday. UCF (7-2, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) handed Memphis (4-5, 2-4) its fourth consecutive loss, the Tigers' longest losing streak since 2013. Keene was pressed into his first start of the season after quarterback John Rhys Plumlee suffered an injury in last weekend's upset of nationally ranked Cincinnati. Plumlee sustained a possible concussion in UCF's 25-21 victory over the Bearcats. "I haven't been playing consistently for a little bit, but nonetheless we prevailed," Keene said. "I've been preparing like I was the starter, but it's always a little bit different coming out there. We had to fight through and that's what championship teams do." Keene rallied the Knights, who were held scoreless in the third quarter, by tossing two fourth-quarter touchdowns. The first was a 13-yard pass to Kobe Hudson early in the fourth quarter for a 28-21 UCF lead.

Hudson's second TD reception of the game came after the Knights stopped the Tigers on downs at the UCF 39 in the closing minutes of the third quarter. Keene added his third TD pass - and second of the quarter - with 4:58 left by finding Javon Baker on a perfect strike to the left corner of the end zone for a 35-21 advantage. "Mikey stepped in and handled himself like a champ like we thought he would," said UCF coach Gus Malzahn. Malzahn said Plumlee, an Ole Miss transfer, could have played, but hadn't practiced much until late in the week. "I just felt real strong that we needed to go with Mikey and give (Plumlee) a little more time," Malzahn said. "It was just a gut instinct." Keene, who completed 22 of 28 passes, was aided by a UCF defense that ranks No. 1 nationally in red zone defense. The Knights held Memphis scoreless on three trips inside the UCF 10-yard line in the first half. - UCF/AP College Football


So/2025 QB Mikey KeeneCentral Florida
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  OCT 31 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Celiscar, Jr., DE, UCF,...Celiscar led a UCF defense that limited No. 20/19 Cincinnati to 35 rushing yards and 333 total yards as the Knights moved into a tie for second in the American Athletic Conference and ended the Bearcats' winning streak against conference opponents at 19 games in a 25-21 victory. Celiscar registered five solo tackles, including a sack and a safety to help the Knights hold the Bearcats to three rushing first downs and 4-for-14 on third-down conversions. - American Athletic Conference Football

Jr/2024 DE Josh CeliscarCentral Florida
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  RJ Harvey had a 17-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds remaining, sending UCF to a 25-21 win over No. 20 Cincinnati on Saturday. Harvey's go-ahead TD capped a seven-play, 75-yard march directed by Mikey Keene. The backup quarterback was 4 for 4 for 57 yards on the drive. Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) took a 21-18 lead with 3:04 remaining. Ryan Montgomery scored on a 39-yard touchdown run, and the Bearcats added the 2-point conversion on a Ben Bryant pass to Tyler Scott. UCF (6-2, 3-1) took a 10-6 lead into halftime on the strength of a 26-yard touchdown run by Harvey. The Knights added a safety in the third quarter when Josh Celiscar sacked Bryant in the end zone.

Cincinnati had won six in a row since a season-opening loss to Arkansas. Bryant passed for 298 yards and a touchdown, and Montgomery had a team-high 40 yards rushing on three carries. Harvey had 18 carries for 84 yards for UCF. The Knights finished with 258 yards on the ground and 247 through the air. Following a fumble recovery, Bryant threw a 14-yard touchdown to Josh Whyte to make it 13-12 at the end of the third quarter. Whyte's TD capped a 10-play, 84-yard drive. UCF quarterback John Rhys Plumlee was 7 of 11 for 71 yards when he was knocked out of the game late in the first half. He also rushed for 31 yards. - UCF/AP College Football


rJr/2024 RB RJ HarveyCentral Florida
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  Central Florida became the sixth team this season to score 70 points with its 70-13 win over Temple. The Golden Knights have a history of putting up big offensive numbers, so let's talk defense. UCF has held nine straight opponents to 20 points or fewer, the longest active streak in the FBS, and allowed just nine points in the fourth quarter this season. Only Illinois, at seven, has allowed fewer points in the final 15 minutes of games. - AP College Football

Sr/2023 OLB Tremon Morris-BashCentral Florida
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  OCT 17 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: John Rhys Plumlee, Sr., QB, UCF,...Plumlee tied an American Athletic Conference single-game record by figuring in seven touchdowns in UCF's 70-13 win against Temple. Plumlee completed 18 of 22 passes for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns and added three rushing TDs against a Temple defense that had allowed only two offensive touchdowns in its previous 12 quarters. Plumlee became only the third FBS player in the last decade to finish a game with at least four touchdown passes and three rushing TDs. - American Athletic Conference Football

Sr/2023 QB John Rhys PlumleeCentral Florida
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  John Rhys Plumlee accounted for seven touchdown to match a program record and led UCF to a 70-13 rout of Temple on Thursday night. Plumlee threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns and added another 37 yards on the ground with three scores. All three short-yardage touchdown runs and a 25-yard TD pass to Kobe Hudson came in the first half as UCF (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) jumped out to a 35-13 halftime lead. Plumlee hit Ryan O'Keefe with touchdown passes that included a 68-yarder on consecutive drives early in the third quarter. Plumlee added a 64-yard TD pass to Hudson that stretched the Knights' lead to 56-13 about midway through the third. Hudson finished with four catches for 121 yards receiving and O'Keefe had seven for 111.

UCF put up 737 yards of offense while holding Temple (2-4, 0-2) to 293. It was the Knights' sixth straight win against the Owls and the third game this season surpassing 600 yards of offense. It was also the Knights most yards of offense since gaining 798 against Memphis on Oct. 17, 2020. The Knights honored their ties to the Kennedy Space Center, where roughly a third of its employees are UCF alumni, by rebranding as The Space U Citronauts for the game. They wore space-themed, all-black uniforms displaying a Canaveral blue "Space U" wordmark on the front of their jerseys. The Knights are 7-0 in spaced-themed games. E.J. Warner completed 24 of 43 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown pass for Temple. - UCF/AP College Football


Sr/2023 QB John Rhys PlumleeCentral Florida
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  OCT 10 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: John Rhys Plumlee, Sr., QB, UCF,...Completed 20 of 29 passes for 316 yards with two touchdowns in a 41-19 win against SMU. - American Athletic Conference Football

Sr/2023 QB John Rhys PlumleeCentral Florida
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  John Rhys Plumlee threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the second half to Ryan O'Keefe, and UCF scored 31 unanswered points to beat SMU 41-19 on Wednesday night in a game postponed because of tropical weather. UCF trailed 13-10 at halftime before scoring four touchdowns in the second half. O'Keefe made a diving catch in the end zone on a 26-yard throw to extend UCF's lead to 24-13 with 3:07 left in the third quarter. O'Keefe added a 58-yard touchdown early in the fourth on a shuffle-pass jet sweep. O'Keefe finished with six catches for 117 yards and two scores, and Javon Baker added 138 yards receiving for UCF (4-1, 1-0 American Athletic Conference). Isaiah Bowser had three short touchdown runs.

The UCF defense made three keys plays. Jason Johnson recovered a fumble on SMU's first possession of the game, Divaad Wilson made an interception to end the first half and Tre'mon Morris-Brash sacked Tanner Mordecai in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter. Mordecai was 28 of 45 for 295 yards with one interception for SMU (2-3, 0-1). Rashee Rice, who entered leading the nation in receiving yards per game at 141.2, had 12 catches for 122 yards. The game was rescheduled twice due to Hurricane Ian. It was initially scheduled to be played Saturday at UCF's on-campus stadium before shifting to Sunday. - UCF/AP College Football


Sr/2023 WR Ryan OKeefeCentral Florida
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  SEPT 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste, Sr., LB, UCF,...Had seven tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble in a 27-10 win against Georgia Tech. - American Athletic Conference football

Sr/2023 ILB Jeremiah Jean-BaptisteCentral Florida
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