1988 UCF Knights football team

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1988 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1988 record 6–5
Head coach Gene McDowell (4th season)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
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The 1988 UCF Knights 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 before a record crowd of 31,789 in the Citrus Bowl, the Knights jumped to No. 1 in the national rankings.[1] After earning the top national ranking in the Division II poll for two consecutive weeks, the Knights faltered and lost their final four games. McDowell's 1988 Knights finished the season with a 6–5 overall record and missed the Division II playoffs.[2][3]

The Knights competed as an NCAA Division II Independent. The team played their home games at the Citrus Bowl in Downtown Orlando.

Schedule and results[edit]

The Citrus Bowl, the Knights home field.
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 #1 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ten Memorable Home Football Games". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ 2006 UCF Knights Football Media Guide