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Beef O'Brady's Bowl 2012: Ball State vs UCF Live Scores, Analysis and Results

December 21, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; UCF Knights running back Latavius Murray (28) is congratulated by wide receiver Josh Reese (19) after he scored a touchdown against the Ball State Cardinals during the first half of the St. Petersburg Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Jamal WilburgCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2012

The UCF Knights completely dominated the 2012 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, defeating the Ball State Cardinals 38-17.

The win marked the first time in the five year history of the bowl game that the Conference USA representative has won the game, including UCF’s loss to Rutgers in the 2009 game.

The Knights were led by redshirt-sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles led the charge with 272 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown. 

Bortles was aided by an incredible performance by running back redshirt-senior running back Latavius Murray. Murray scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving.

Ball State looked outmatched from the beginning of the game.

They fell behind 14-0 early after they could only gain 15 yards on eight plays on their first two drives while not being able to stop UCF.

Their struggles continued with a missed field goal late in the second quarter leaving UCF enough time to add another touchdown before halftime.

They finished with 288 yards of total offense compared to UCF’s 494 yards.

The Cardinals also struggled on third down converting only 3-of-9 attempts while the Knights converted 9-of-12.

With the win UCF brings the series record with Ball State to a 2-2 tie.

 

Jamal Wilburg is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.

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