1989 UCF Knights football team
|1989 UCF Knights football|
|Head coach||Gene McDowell (5th year)|
|Home stadium||Citrus Bowl|
The 1989 UCF Knights 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 Knight would move to Division I-AA in 1990. The team posted an overall record of 7–3 in 1989 but failed to make the Division II Playoffs.
As a Division II team in 1989, UCF defeated three Division I-AA teams, including two nationally ranked schools. On October 28, UCF upset No. 9 Liberty (I-AA), and two weeks later on November 11, defeated No. 4 Eastern Kentucky (I-AA). Against Eastern Kentucky, quarterback Rudy Jones led a fourth quarter comeback, throwing two touchdown passes to lift the Knights to a 20–19 victory.
Schedule and results
|September 1||Bethune–Cookman*||Citrus Bowl • Orlando, 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 Stadium • Troy, 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 Stadium • Florence, 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 Stadium • Statesboro, Georgia||L 17–31||19,640|
|October 28||#9 Liberty*||Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida||W 33–30||15,095|
|November 11||#4 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.|
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