In case you're new to BSD, we have an annual, recurring post that takes a look at how the teams are doing that Penn State has already played. Last season, the opening loss to UCF looked bad... at the time. Few of us realized just how good that team was, but you would have known had you followed Former Foes because we covered them every week. We kept you in the know and up to date on Blake Bortles' rise to 1st round draft pick as UCF went 12-1 including a 52-42 win over Baylor in the Fiesta bowl.
So, how is UCF doing anyway?
lost to No.20 Missouri 38-10
In a word: not so good. UCF had a lead, the first given up by Missouri this season, early in the 2nd quarter when Justin Holman tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to take a 10-7 lead. But Missouri scored 6 minutes later to take a four-point lead into the half. In the second half, the Tigers' defense clamped down, causing four turnovers and five sacks while holding UCF to 7 of 15 on third downs. UCF was shut out the rest of the way, while Missouri cruised to a 28-point win.
Justin Holman got his first career start after his impressive second half against Penn State and was effective in the first half, completing 10 of 13 passes for 97 yards and rushed for 30 more. But he struggled in the second half, throwing two interceptions. He finished 22 of 36 for 209 yards with 1 TD and those 2 picks. UCF and Missouri were pretty close yardage wise (302-322), and UCF had 10 minutes more of possession time, but they couldn't overcome 4 turnovers.
Up Next: Bethune-Cookman (2-0)