The Louisville Cardinals entered tonight’s game against the UCF Knights on upset alert as they attempted to stay undefeated and in the national title picture, but the Cardinals were unable to keep their dreams alive.
Knights running back Storm Johnson led the way for the UCF offense with 108 yards rushing and a touchdown.
It was a great start to Louisville as they jumped out to an early lead and held off a respectable UCF attack to get a 28-7 lead, but Blake Bortles and company stayed composed and were able to come charging back with a strong third quarter.
UCF struck first in the final quarter to bring the score within three points, 31-28, and the felt the upset brewing.
Teddy Bridgewater was able to dig deep and bring his team back to having a touchdown lead, but they left too much time on the clock for the Knight, who had plenty of experience against tough opponents in the past.
Blake Bortles once again rose to the occasion to conduct an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a two-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Jeff Godfrey, and UCF took the 38-35 lead.
Teddy Bridgewater had one final chance to come up with the last second drive, but he fell short in the final seconds as the Knights pulled off the upset and brought an end to any championship hopes that Bridgewater and company had.
It was the biggest win in the history of the UCF program.