1979 UCF Knights football team
|1979 UCF Knights football|
|Head coach||Don Jonas (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Orlando Stadium|
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. The Knights competed as an NCAA Division III Independent. The team played their home games at Orlando Stadium, now known as the Citrus Bowl, in Downtown Orlando.
UCF played 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. 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.
The humble beginnings for the Knights football team were exemplified during their inaugural season. The team had no locker room, the coaching staff was composed of volunteers, players were asked to bring their own cleats, and all equipment and supplies were donated. Practices took place on a driving range, and players had to go to a classroom building on campus to find showers. Head coach Don Jonas famously offered to take the position for no salary.
|September 22||at Saint Leo*||St. Leo, Florida||W 21–0||1,000|
|September 29||Fort Benning*||Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida||W 7–6||14,138|
|October 13||Maryville*||Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida||W 10–7||7,350|
|October 20||at Fort Lauderdale*||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||W 14–0||500|
|October 27||at Presbyterian*||Bailey Stadium • Clinton, South Carolina||L 0–48||3,800|
|November 3||at Emory & Henry College*||Emory, Virginia||L 14–28||1,000|
|November 10||Sewanee*||Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida||W 24–0||10,111|
|November 17||Morehouse*||Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida||W 14–7||13,309|
|*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.|
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