|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe North Carolina State Wolfpack went 3-9 in 2013 and failed to win a single ACC game. Meanwhile, the Central Florida Knights were 12-1 with a perfect AAC record and a Fiesta Bowl win in that same year. However, the two teams have moved into different directions as they met each other in the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field. The Wolfpack won 34-27 to complete an 8-5 record while the Knights finished down to a 9-4 total.
The Knights were -2.5 favorites against the Wolfpack for this game. It started out very close with the Pack having a 17-10 lead at the half. The Knights kept their deficit down by sacking the Wolfpack's Jacoby Brissett at the end of the half while in the red zone.
Matt Dayes had two touchdown runs in the third quarter. The Pack would take a 34-13 lead a little after the start of the fourth quarter as the Knights would come out and try to go after a big comeback. The Knights managed to keep a number of possessions alive throughout the game as they completed three of their four fourth down attempts.
Justin Holman had a touchdown pass to Josh Reese but UCF then had an interception and a turnover on downs from four straight incomplete passes. Holman had another touchdown to Reese with a little later than two minutes to go in the half. However, the team's onside kick attempt failed, thus giving the Wolfpack a secure victory in the end.
For NC State, Jacoby Brissett went 15-26 with 262 passing yards and one touchdown. Shadrach Thornton had 96 rushing yards and Matt Dayes had 78 yards out of thirteen carries. The Wolfpack had one of the best improvements of any team in college football when wins are considered.
For UCF, Justin Holman was 23-53 with 291 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Breshad Perriman had nine receptions and 138 yards while Josh Reece had all three of the touchdowns for the Knights.