1989 UCF Knights football team

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1989 UCF Knights football
Conference Independent
1989 record 7–3
Head coach Gene McDowell (5th season)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
← 1988
1990 →

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.[1]

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,[2] defeated No. 4 Eastern Kentucky (I-AA).[3] Against Eastern Kentucky, quarterback Rudy Jones led a fourth quarter comeback, throwing two touchdown passes to lift the Knights to a 20–19 victory.

The team played their home games at the Citrus Bowl in Downtown Orlando. During the decade of the 1980s, the Knights compiled an overall record of 47–59–1 (.443)[4]

Schedule and results[edit]

The Citrus Bowl, the Knights home field.
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 #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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Eastern Kentucky (8-1) At Ucf (5-3)
  3. ^ 2006 UCF Knights Football Media Guide
  4. ^ "2011 UCF Football Yearbook". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. Retrieved 2012-01-12.