Scores

Final

Akron 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

UCF 38

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 29, 2013

Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL

1 2 3 4 T
AKR 0 0 0 77
UCF 14 10 14 038

Top Performers

Passing: B. Bortles (UCF) - 314 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: S. Johnson (UCF) - 20 CAR, 99 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Perriman (UCF) - 3 REC, 113 YDS, 1 TD

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

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- 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.

Just about everything went right for the Knights in their first outing of the season.

Bortles found three different receivers for scores in a first half that saw the Knights punt on only two of their six possessions.

The junior quarterback survived a near disaster when he was stripped as he drew his arm back to throw on the game's opening play. He fell on the ball, though, and on the next snap Bortles' hit a streaking Breshad Perriman in the middle of the field with his first actual pass of the night.

Akron had its best drive of the half on its first possession, but it ended with a punt right after the Zips past midfield.

UCF quickly went back to work as Bortles led the Knights on a 12-play, 91-yard drive that was capped with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Rannell Hall. The drive also featured a 20-yard scramble by Bortles, mixed in with several elusive runs by Johnson.

The Knights' lead grew to three touchdowns early in the second quarter on another long Bortles' pass, this time a 39-yard strike J.J. Worton, which made it 21-0. Bortles managed to hit Worton in stride despite being on the run and throwing across his body.

The Zips' offense tried to keep up its fast-paced no-huddle attack throughout the half, but managed just 83 total yards in the opening 30 minutes, including one turnover. The handful of drives that did show some traction were all stunted on third down.

Their defense did at times get some pressure on Bortles -- producing three sacks -- but still gave up 310 yards to the Knights.

Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl was 16 of 28 for 98 yards and an interception in his first-career start.

The Zips' lone score came late in the game with junior backup Nick Hirschman under center.

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

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AKR
UCF
1st Downs1523
Total Yards250476
Passing116319
Rushing134157
Penalties6-491-10
3rd Down Conversions8-169-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers20
Possession27:2132:39

Passing Leaders

AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pohl16/21984.701
UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bortles18/2431413.130

Rushing Leaders

AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones55410.8023
Hundley10505.0013
UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson20995.0228
Stanback7385.4012

Receiving Leaders

AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bickley3268.7013
Traylor-Bennett3258.3010
UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Perriman311337.7191
Worton36020.0139

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAKRUCF
TD14:02Breshad Perriman 91 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 07
TD02:23Rannell Hall 19 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERAKRUCF
TD06:54J.J. Worton 39 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 021
FG00:58Shawn Moffitt 32 Yd 024
THIRD QUARTERAKRUCF
TD09:38Storm Johnson 9 Yd Run (Rodrigo Quirarte Kick) 031
TD02:23Storm Johnson 1 Yd Run (Rodrigo Quirarte Kick) 038
FOURTH QUARTERAKRUCF
TD00:42Imani Davis 11 Yd Pass From Nick Hirschman (Robert Stein Kick) 738

Research Notes

Breshad Perriman's 91-yard TD catch from Blake Bortles in the 1st quarter is the longest pass completion in UCF history.
UCF WR Breshad Perriman caught a 91-yd TD pass in the 1st quarter vs Akron. Last season, Perriman failed to record 91+ yds in a single game.

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