(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Blake Bortles threw for 335 yards and a touchdown as No. UCF moved closer to the American Athletic Conference title with a 41-17 rout of Rutgers.
UCF (9-1, 6-0 AAC) remained unbeaten in conference play and lead both Louisville and Cincinnati by one game for sole possession of first place.
“I thought Blake was pretty much on the whole game,” UCF coach George O’Leary said. “They put a lot of pressure on him, but he was exceptional as far as taking plays that weren’t there and making something good out of them.”
Rutgers (5-5, 2-4) returned a blocked punt for a touchdown before halftime to close to within 28-14, but the Scarlet Knights were unable to get any closer in the second half.
Gary Nova passed for 107 yards and an interception as the Scarlet Knights lost for the fourth time in five games after a 4-1 start to the season.
“There’s no surprise why they’re having the season they’re having,” Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. “Their quarterback is an exceptional player, excellent decision-maker, and very accurate passer. We had opportunities to get him on the ground in the first half, and we couldn’t do it.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire