Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 2014: UCF QB Blake Bortles with two interceptions in two consecutive series (GIF)

Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) warms up prior to the game against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

If anything, tonight was supposed to be a national showcase for Central Florida QB Blake Bortles. Not much is known about the Knights’ junior signal caller to the casual fan, but they were supposed to find out this evening in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Big 12 champion Baylor Bears why NFL scouts are reportedly salivating over the prospect of him entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

So far, Bortles really isn’t doing his part in all of that in the first half.

The worst of all happened in the second quarter when two UCF drives were stopped abruptly by two Bortles interceptions–in a row.

Bortles’ first snafu came with just under 10 minutes in the second quarter when this pass was picked off by Baylor’s Demetri Goodson:


Next, on the Knights’ next drive, Bortles found Baylor’s Eddie Lackey with the completion that he did not want on the first play of the drive:

Yeah, that definitely doesn’t validate any of the claims that people were looking to see validated. Good news is, there’s still a lot of game to be played to make it up.

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