(15) UCF 39

(8-1, 5-0 American)

Temple 36

(1-9, 0-6 American)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, November 16, 2013

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
#15UCF 5 17 0 1739
TEM 0 21 7 836

Top Performers

Passing: B. Bortles (UCF) - 404 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: S. Johnson (UCF) - 14 CAR, 122 YDS

Receiving: J. Worton (UCF) - 10 REC, 179 YDS, 3 TD

UCF escapes Temple with amazing TD catch, last-second FG

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- A sensational one-handed catch to tie. An unlikely long-gainer to set up the last-second winning kick.

UCF's latest comeback victory was the wildest yet.

Shawn Moffitt kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired after Rannell Hall got behind the Temple defense for a 64-yard reception, and the 17th-ranked Knights survived a scare with a 39-36 victory Saturday.

For the fourth time this season, UCF (8-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) trailed in the second half and won.

UCF's last possession started at its own 19, with no timeouts. Overtime seemed likely until Blake Bortles found Hall deep to get to the Temple 6.

"Rannell Hall has previously said that Temple was sitting on everything and jumping things outside," Bortles said. "He told me he wanted to go and he went and made a big play."

Bortles managed to get the ball spiked with 2 seconds left and Moffitt booted through the game winner to keep UCF in control of the American Athletic Conference race and its BCS bid. The Knights are the only unbeaten team in AAC play, and with three games to go can even afford to lose a game.

Bortles completed 27 of 38 attempts and finished with a career-high 404 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Freshman P.J. Walker was spectacular for Temple (1-9, 0-6), with a season-high 382 yards passing, four TD passes and a touchdown run. He finished 26 of 44 and his yardage was the third-best passing game in school history.

"This is by far the toughest one to deal with," Walker said. "We had this game. For them to be a top-ranked team, we felt like we were better than them. We just had another game where we came up short."

Temple dropped to 2-78 all-time against the Top 25 opponents, and eight of the Owls' 10 opponents this season have passed for at least 300 yards.

Bortles threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Worton to tie the score at 36 1:06 left. Worton made a diving, one-handed catch in the left corner of the end zone.

"That's the best catch I've ever had," Worton said. "Practice or in a game. All glory to God right now. I'm just lucky I was able to come down with the ball."

Worton finished with a career-high 178 yards receiving on 10 catches and pulled in three touchdowns.

Moffitt said he had never kicked a game-winning field goal before.

"I'm glad I got the opportunity," he said. "My line did great, my snapper, my holder -- I love them. They all picked me up afterwards. It was just a great feeling."

Walker gave Temple a 36-29 lead with 2:04 to play when he found tight end Chris Parthemore for a touchdown, and then a 2-point conversion.

That was how it went Saturday in a game that featured 10 lead changes. The first half alone offered five touchdowns, two field goals, a safety and six lead changes.

Temple and UCF combined for 75 points, 1,175 total yards and 50 first downs.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2822
Total Yards657518
3rd Down Conversions5-139-15
4th Down Conversions1-20-0

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

SF06:39Zaire Williams Tackled By Troy Gray In End Zone 20
FG03:31Shawn Moffitt 20 Yd 50
TD13:48Jamie Gilmore 32 Yd Pass From P.J. Walker (Nick Visco Kick) 57
TD11:08William Stanback 49 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 127
TD06:15P.J. Walker 3 Yd Run (Nick Visco Kick) 1214
TD03:56J.J. Worton 4 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 1914
TD02:13Robbie Anderson 30 Yd Pass From P.J. Walker (Nick Visco Kick) 1921
FG00:00Shawn Moffitt 35 Yd 2221
TD03:31Robbie Anderson 75 Yd Pass From P.J. Walker (Nick Visco Kick) 2228
TD06:37J.J. Worton 38 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 2928
TD02:04Chris Parthemore 7 Yd Pass From P.J. Walker (P.J. Walker Pass To Chris Parthemore For Two-Point Conversion) 2936
TD01:06J.J. Worton 30 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Shawn Moffitt Kick) 3636
FG00:00Shawn Moffitt 23 Yd 3936

Research Notes

Temple has 21 points in the 1st half so far against Central Florida. This is the 4th time Temple has scored 20+ points in the 1st half this season -- they are just 1-2 in the previous 3 such games (win vs Army, losses to Cincinnati & SMU).

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