UCF Knights football, 1980–1989

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The UCF Knights football team represents the University of Central Florida in American football. UCF fielded its first official varsity football team in the fall of 1979, and has fielded a team every season since then. In 1980 and 1981, the Knights played in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In 1982, UCF ascended to Division II. During the 1980s, the Knights competed as an Independent, and played their home games at the Citrus Bowl in Downtown Orlando.[1]

This article includes a game-by-game list of the UCF Knights' ten football seasons from 1980 to 1989. During the 1980s, the Knights were coached by Don Jonas (1979–1981), Sam Weir (1982), Lou Saban (1983–1984), Jerry Anderson (1984) and Gene McDowell (1985–1997). The coaches compiled an overall record of 47–59–1 (.443) during the decade.[1][2]

Contents: 1980  · 1981  · 1982  · 1983  · 1984  · 1985  · 1986  · 1987  · 1988  · 1989


1980[edit]

1980 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1980 record 4–4–1
Head coach Don Jonas (2nd year)
Home stadium Orlando Stadium
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1980 college football season was the UCF Knights football second season. Head coach Don Jonas compiled a 4–4–1 overall record, including the programs only tie against Miles.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 13 Carson–Newman* Orlando StadiumOrlando, Florida W 21–30†   13,941
September 20 Saint Leo* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida W 55–0   8,730
September 27 Millsaps* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 7–8   12,793
October 4 Miles* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida T 11–11   8,990
October 11 at Savannah State* Ted Wright StadiumSavannah, Georgia L 0–44   4,100
October 18 at North Alabama* Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama L 3–28   3,500
November 1 Catawba* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida W 14–12   3,500
November 8 SUNY–Albany* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 27–28   7,757
November 15 Emory & Henry* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida W 18–14   6,907
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

† Carson–Newman later forfeited the game.

1981[edit]

1981 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1981 record 4–6
Head coach Don Jonas (3rd year)
Home stadium Orlando Stadium
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1981 college football season was Don Jonas's third and final year as the head coach of the Knights. This was also the last season that the Knights played at the Division III level. Jonas led the team to an overall record of 4–6.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 12 Presbyterian* Orlando StadiumOrlando, Florida L 0–3   8,347
September 19 Elizabeth City State* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 9–14   4,833
September 26 at Millsaps* Harper Davis Field • Jackson, Mississippi W 13–6   800
October 3 Miles* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida W 6–0   6,320
October 10 Savannah State* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida W 47–13   6,493
October 17 at Alabama A&M* Normal, Alabama L 15–23   8,700
October 31 at West Georgia* Grisham StadiumCarrollton, Georgia L 6–20   6,200
November 7 Hampden-Sydney* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida W 17–0   8,391
November 14 Millersville* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 9–27   4,365
November 21 Bethune–Cookman* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 20–24   8,354
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1982[edit]

1982 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1982 record 0–10
Head coach Sam Weir (1st year)
Home stadium Orlando Stadium
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1982 college football season was the first and only for Sam Weir as the head coach of the Knights. The season marked the Knights first in Division II. Weir's 1982 team posted 0–10 overall record.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 11 vs. Georgia Southern* Jacksonville, Florida L 9–16   2,350
September 18 Southeastern Louisiana* Orlando StadiumOrlando, Florida L 14–24   8,196
September 25 at Virginia Military Institute* Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, Virginia L 0–69   6,100
October 2 at Valdosta State* Bazemore–Hyder StadiumValdosta, Georgia L 7–13   9,500
October 9 Bethune–Cookman* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 21–40   9,127
October 16 Alabama A&M* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 10–31   6,654
October 23 at Nicholls State* John L. Guidry StadiumThibodaux, Louisiana L 10–60   8,500
October 30 West Georgia* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 7–41   9,257
November 6 Carson–Newman* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 17–36   3,818
November 13 Eastern Kentucky* Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida L 14–26   4,822
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1983[edit]

1983 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1983 record 5–6
Head coach Lou Saban (1st year)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1983 college football season was Lou Saban's first as the head coach of the Knights. Saban's 1983 team earned a 5–5 overall record.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 2 Elizabeth City State* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida W 37–7   9,041
September 10 at Georgia Southern* Statesboro, Georgia W 33–29   5,815
September 17 at Southeastern Louisiana* Strawberry StadiumHammond, Louisiana L 28–54   5,000
September 24 North Alabama* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 20–47   8,307
October 1 Valdosta State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 20–0   12,777
October 15 at Richmond* City StadiumRichmond, Virginia L 26–31   3,413
October 29 at Austin Peay State* Governors StadiumClarksville, Tennessee W 10–7   7,000
November 5 at Carson–Newman* Burke–Tarr StadiumJefferson City, Tennessee L 14–35   3,300
November 12 Nicholls State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 14–37   4,500
November 19 Fort Lewis* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 59–28   14,212
November 26 Bethune–Cookman* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 22–31   13,294
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1984[edit]

1984 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1984 record 2–9
Head coach Lou Saban/Jerry Anderson (Interim) (2nd year)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1984 college football season was Lou Saban's second and last as the head coach of the Knights. After a disappointing 1–6 start to the season, Saban stepped away from the program, and was replaced by assistant coach Jerry Anderson. The Knights finished the year with a 2–9 overall record.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 1 Bethune–Cookman* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida L 22–43   7,421
September 8 at Louisiana–Monroe* Malone StadiumMonroe, Louisiana L 21–49   19,329
September 15 Georgia Southern* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 28–42   7,124
September 22 at Western Kentucky* Houchens Industries – L. T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, Kentucky W 35–34   8,500
September 29 at Texas State* Bobcat StadiumSan Marcos, Texas L 13–39   10,337
October 6 Akron* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 21–26   6,814
October 13 at Eastern Kentucky* Roy Kidd StadiumRichmond, Kentucky L 14–37   18,300
October 20 Illinois State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 28–24   11,648
October 27 Austin Peay State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 21–24   12,225
November 3 at Indiana State* Memorial StadiumTerre Haute, Indiana L 0–38   8,367
November 10 at Furman* Paladin StadiumGreenville, South Carolina L 6–42   10,162
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1985[edit]

1985 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1985 record 4–7
Head coach Gene McDowell (1st year)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1985 college football season was the first for Gene McDowell as the head coach of the Knights. The team finished with a 4–7 overall record.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 7 Bethune–Cookman* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida W 39–37   21,222
September 14 Southeastern Louisiana* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 27–21   7,142
September 28 at Illinois State* Hancock StadiumNormal, Illinois L 21–48   12,786
October 5 Texas State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 12–48   7,850
October 12 Western Kentucky* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 17–47   9,153
October 19 Eastern Kentucky* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 21–28   8,223
October 26 Stephen F. Austin* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 24–59   11,263
November 2 at Louisville* Cardinal StadiumLouisville, Kentucky L 21–42   21,391
November 9 at Georgia Southern* Paulson StadiumStatesboro, Georgia L 18–35   7,759
November 23 Savannah State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 31–7   3,478
November 30 Samford* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 35–14   3,022
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1986[edit]

1986 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1986 record 6–5
Head coach Gene McDowell (2nd year)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1986 college football season was Gene McDowell's second as the head coach of the Knights. McDowell's 1986 team compiled a 6–5 overall record.[4]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 6 Bethune–Cookman* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida W 26–14   23,041
September 13 West Georgia* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 34–21   10,125
September 20 Valdosta State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 10–7   12,056
September 27 at Akron* Rubber BowlAkron, Ohio L 17–20   12,186
October 4 Murray State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 38–25   13,086
October 11 at Wichita State* Cessna StadiumWichita, Kansas L 6–9   4,167
October 18 at Eastern Kentucky* Roy Kidd StadiumRichmond, Kentucky L 24–51   12,200
October 25 Wofford* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 28–31   23,760
November 1 at Virginia Military Institute* Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, Virginia W 38–9   3,200
November 8 Georgia Southern* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 23–33   11,137
November 15 Samford* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 66–7   6,176
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1987[edit]

1987 UCF Knights football
Division II Semifinals at Troy, L 10–31
Conference Independent
1987 record 9–4
Head coach Gene McDowell (3rd year)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1987 college football season was the third for Gene McDowell as the head coach of the Knights. After posting an 8–3 regular season record in 1987, the Knights earned their first trip to the Division II playoffs, where they earned a 1–1 record, falling in the Semifinals.[4]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 5 Bethune–Cookman* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida W 17–9   9,768
September 19 Elon* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 34–10   11,752
September 26 Eastern Kentucky* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 16–23   15,197
October 3 at Georgia Southern* Paulson StadiumStatesboro, Georgia L 32–34   15,540
October 10 Savannah State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 36–26   10,743
October 17 West Georgia* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 52–14   10,029
October 24 Northwest Missouri State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 45–3   15,208
October 31 Grand Valley State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 67–3   7,552
November 7 Liberty* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 42–21   11,081
November 14 at Florida A&M* Bragg Memorial StadiumTallahassee, Florida L 14–19   4,803
November 21 Morningside* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 24–7   10,112
November 28 Indiana (PA)* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida (Division II Quarterfinal Playoff Game) W 12–10   15,043
December 5 Troy* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida (Division II Semifinal Playoff Game) L 10–31   14,327
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1988[edit]

1988 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1988 record 6–5
Head coach Gene McDowell (4th year)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1988 college football season was Gene McDowell's fourth as the head coach of the Knights. UCF started the season ranked as No. 2 in Division II, and after defeating the D-II defending national champions Troy, the Knights jumped to No. 1 in the national rankings.[5] McDowell's 1988 Knights finished the season with a 6–5 overall record.[4]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 2 Bethune–Cookman* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida W 29–21   14,831
September 10 West Georgia* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 33–14   11,270
September 17 Troy* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 26–18   31,789
September 24 at East Tennessee State* Memorial CenterJohnson City, Tennessee W 23–17   5,447
October 1 North Alabama* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 35–33   21,682
October 8 New Haven* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 23–31   22,641
October 15 Southern Connecticut State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 24–16   22,439
October 22 at Valdosta State* Bazemore–Hyder StadiumValdosta, Georgia L 19–48   6,500
October 29 Georgia Southern* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 17–31   28,682
November 5 at Liberty* Calvin Falwell FieldLynchburg, Virginia L 7–24   3,530
November 12 at Eastern Kentucky* Roy Kidd StadiumRichmond, Kentucky L 31–35   6,800
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1989[edit]

1989 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1989 record 7–3
Head coach Gene McDowell (5th year)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »

Season overview[edit]

The 1989 college football season was Gene McDowell's fifth year as the head coach of the Knights. The season marked UCF's last in Division II, as the Knights moved to Division I-AA in 1990. The team posted an overall record of 7–3 in 1989.[4]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 1 Bethune–Cookman* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida L 15–23   23,620
September 9 Valdosta State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 35–14   18,046
September 16 at Troy* Veterans Memorial StadiumTroy, Alabama L 6–20   8,000
September 23 Newberry* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 30–3   8,316
September 30 at North Alabama* Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama W 17–16   5,500
October 7 East Tennessee State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 34–0   12,072
October 21 at Georgia Southern* Paulson StadiumStatesboro, Georgia L 17–31   19,640
October 28 Liberty* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 33–30   15,095
November 11 Eastern Kentucky* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 20–19   17,506
November 18 Texas Southern* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 49–12   14,082
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "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. ^ "2011 UCF Football Yearbook". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The Knights Move Up to D-II: Part 3 of 8 - The History of UCF Football". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d "UCF Develops Winning Ways: Part 4 of 8 - The History of UCF Football". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Ten Memorable Home Football Games". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 

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