By Adam Shadoff
FOX 35 Sports
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - It's awfully hard to win football games when you run the football 30 times for just 46 total yards. And so it was for the Central Florida Knights in its home opener, losing a stunner to the Florida International University, 15-14.
"Tough game, when you don't block, tackle, do the things fundamentally to win games that's usually the end result," said UCF Head Coach George O'Leary. "Give FIU credit, they did things to make plays out there and we didn't make enough plays."
The Knights had a couple of major bright spots in the game, particularly on offense. Jordan Akins had a breakout game, catching 9 passes for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tre'Quan Smith also caught 9 balls for 104 yards and Justin Holman showed flashes of excellent play at quarterback. He finished the night 23 of 34 for 249 yards passing, and 2 touchdowns.
Announced attendance at Bright House Networks Stadium was 39,189, which put UCF over the 2 million mark for all-time.