Nov 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) under center during the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

J.J. Worton hauls in catch of the year from Blake Bortles (video)


It was a hard-fought win for the No. 17 UCF Knights, who were tied 36-36 with Temple late in the fourth quarter. Despite entering the game with just one win on the year and looking like one of the worst teams in college football, Temple has challenged UCF from the opening kickoff and held a 36-29 lead with under two minutes remaining left in the game.

The game has featured 10 lead changes and will probably go down as one of the best games of the year in college football, and it may be a game the Knights look back at and realize it helped them ultimately win the AAC, as a loss would have dropped them back into a three-way tie with the Cincinnati Bears and the winner of tonight’s Louisville Cardinals vs Houston Cougars game.

The game has featured nine lead changes, with Temple pushing UCF on both sides of the ball. Temple dodged a potential safety and drove the ball 99 yards to score on the Knights. True freshman P.J. Walker connected with his receiver for a 75-yard touchdown. With the extra point, Temple took a 28-22 lead with 3:31 left in the third quarter.

Blake Bortles connected with J.J Worton for an acrobatic 30-yard touchdown pass. Shawn Moffitt hit the extra point to tie the wild back-and-forth game with 1:06 left in the contest.

The catch will not only go down as the best we’ll see this weekend, but it will go down as perhaps the catch of the year in college football, especially since the Knights would go on to win the game by a final score of 39-36:

After getting the ball back with 20 seconds remaining, Bortles connected with receiver Rannell Hall for 64 yards, moving the ball to the Temple 6-yard line. After the Knights spiked the ball, Moffitt hit the game-winning field goal with two seconds left.


[H/T to Kevin McGuire]

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