1979 UCF Knights football team

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1979 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1979 record 6–2
Head coach Don Jonas (1st year)
Home stadium Orlando Stadium
« 1978 1980 »

The 1979 UCF Knights football team was the first official varsity team fielded by the University of Central Florida. The Knights first head coach was Don Jonas.

UCF hosted its first game on September 22, 1979 against Saint Leo University. The Knights would prove victorious with a 21–0 shutout, and less than a week later, the Knights would win their first home game by defeating Ft. Benning, 7–6.[1] Jonas led the Knights to a 6–2 inaugural season, behind an average attendance of 11,240, including a Division III record crowd of 14,138.[1][2]

Season schedule[edit]

Orlando Stadium, the Knights home field.
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 22 at Saint Leo* St. Leo, Florida W 21–0   1,000
September 29 Fort Benning* Florida Citrus Bowl StadiumOrlando, Florida W 7–6   14,138
October 13 Maryville* Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium • Orlando, Florida W 10–7   7,350
October 20 at Fort Lauderdale* Fort Lauderdale, Florida W 14–0   500
October 27 at Presbyterian* Clinton, South Carolina L 0–48   3,800
November 3 at Emory & Henry College* Emory, Virginia L 14–28   1,000
November 10 Sewanee* Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium • Orlando, Florida W 24–0   10,111
November 17 Morehouse* Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium • Orlando, Florida W 14–7   13,309
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.


  1. ^ a b "Finally, Gametime Arrives: Part 2 of 8 - The History of UCF Football". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Central Florida Game by Game Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2011-12-24.