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University of Central Florida: Overall Game Grade: A+
Blake Bortles had a great game and was the driving force behind UCF’s offensive dominance. He was 22-of-33 for 272 yards with no sacks or interceptions. His three touchdown passes tied the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl record previously set by Matt Grothe from the University of South Florida in 2008.
He also led the Knights in rushing with 80 yards on nine attempts and a touchdown
Bortles accounted for 242 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the first half alone. His longest play was a 45-yard completion to Breshad Perriman in the second quarter to set up a touchdown seconds before halftime.
That quick start helped the Knights put the game away early, leaving little hope for Ball State.
Ball State University: Overall Game Grade: B-
Keith Wenning played a decent game for Ball State. He was 22-of-34 for 217 yards through the air with no interceptions. He struggled at the start, missing all five of his pass attempts in the first quarter.
The highlight of his night was the Cardinals' first touchdown drive, when he went 6-of-6 leading the team 82 yards down the field.
Down 21-7 in the second quarter, Wenning was sacked on a 3rd-and-goal from the seven, losing 11 yards and setting up a field-goal attempt that would ultimately be missed. That wasted opportunity was the last chance Ball State had at legitimately being in contention in the game.
Overall, he had a good game. Some of the offensive errors weren’t his fault, with receivers dropping passes or not getting open, forcing shorter passes to check-down options.