Throughout its relatively brief history, the University of Central Florida has fostered teams and produced players who have earned their rightful places in the annals of college football. Many are unaware of the great feats that the UCF football program has achieved, both as a team and as individual players, over the past 35 years. But as the 2014 season takes off, it wouldn't hurt Knights fans to know a few fun facts about the program to date.
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5. Senior linebacker Terrance Plummer entered his final season of eligibility having recorded 235 tackles, with 218 of those tackles coming in the past two seasons. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP only needs 113 tackles this season to become UCF's fifth all-time leader in tackles. Plummer had nine tackles against the Penn State Nittany Lions, putting him on pace for 126 tackles this year.
4. From homegrown heroes such as Daunte Culpepper to top-caliber talent such as Brandon Marshall, UCF has produced a plethora of professional talent. Since 1983, UCF has sent 160 players to the NFL, CFL, AFL and a variety of other professional leagues.
3. On New Year's Eve in 2011, the Autozone Liberty Bowl hosted the Georgia Bulldogs and the UCF Knights. The perennial SEC powerhouse entered the game with future NFL-caliber players such as A.J. Green and Aaron Murray, but exited with a bowl game loss, as the Knights won 10-6 in the first-ever bowl victory in program history. Prior to the Liberty Bowl, UCF had been to three bowl games and lost each one. Since the victory over Georgia, UCF has won two consecutive bowl games, the most recent being the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
2. It's not every day that the country marvels at a field goal kicked at the end of the second quarter, but on a frigid afternoon in Denver, Colorado, UCF's very own Matt Prater drilled an NFL-record, 64-yard field goal for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos went on to defeat the Tennessee Titans 51-28.
1. In the 2000-2001 season, the then-Golden Knights traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for an away game against the consistently dominant University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide hosted the Golden Knights in a homecoming game that would last in the memories of the Alabama diehards forever. With six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, down 37-38, UCF kicker Javier Beorlegui drilled the game-winning, 37-yard field goal for the Knights. UCF is undefeated (1-0) all-time against Alabama.