UCF vs. Penn State: 10 Things We Learned in Nittany Lions' Loss

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UCF vs. Penn State: 10 Things We Learned in Nittany Lions' Loss
Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The upset alert was flashing as Central Florida walked into Happy Valley, and the Knights came away victorious, edging out Penn State 34-31.

Blake Bortles threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns, while Storm Johnson trucked for 117 yards and a score. Each team only had to punt twice, although the Nittany Lions were turned away on fourth down in the first half. 

Several big plays helped UCF jump out to a three-possession lead, and, despite a late surge from Penn State, was able to hold on after the Nittany Lions trusted their defense to get a stop rather than attempt an onside kick with under three minutes to play.

The defeat came at the expense of some great offensive performances from Penn State. A late fumble by tailback Zach Zwinak with the Nittany Lions driving wound up suffocating the comeback bid.

Following the upset, there are ten things we picked up on from tonight's showdown in State College. 

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