1990 UCF Knights football team

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1990 UCF Knights football
Division I-AA Semifinals at Georgia Southern, L 7–44
Conference Independent
AP No. 18 (NCAA Poll)[1]
1990 record 10–4
Head coach Gene McDowell (6th season)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
← 1989
1991 →

The 1990 UCF Knights football season was the UCF Knights football's first season in Division I-AA (now commonly known as 'FCS'). In their first year in the division, Gene McDowell led the Knights to a 10–4 record, a program best, and a trip to the I-AA playoffs. UCF would make it to the semifinals, and became the first school in history to qualify for the I-AA playoffs in its first season of eligibility.[2]

During the 1990s, UCF would compile an overall record of 67–46–0 (.593) during the decade.[2][3]

Schedule and results[edit]

The Citrus Bowl, the Knights home field.
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 1 Troy State* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida W 16–10   22,462
September 8 at Eastern Kentucky* Roy Kidd StadiumRichmond, Kentucky L 12–24   19,200
September 15 at Bethune-Cookman* Municipal StadiumDaytona Beach, Florida W 42–9   9,500
September 22 at Memphis* Liberty BowlMemphis, Tennessee L 28–37   21,385
September 29 Kentucky State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 49–0   6,055
October 6 at Samford* Seibert StadiumBirmingham, Alabama W 37–16   5,463
October 20 Georgia Southern* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida L 17–38   16,258
October 27 Southern Illinois* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 49–14   14,052
November 3 Liberty* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 28–6   14,107
November 10 Slippery Rock* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 24–21   16,208
November 17 Texas Southern* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 63–6   16,328
November 24 at Youngstown State* Stambaugh StadiumYoungstown, Ohio (Division I-AA First Round Playoff Game) W 20–17   12,500
December 1 William & Mary* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida (Division I-AA Quarterfinal Playoff Game) W 52–38   20,067
December 8 at Georgia Southern* Paulson StadiumStatesboro, Georgia (Division I-AA Semifinal Playoff Game) L 7–44   13,183
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.


  1. ^ "Central Florida In the Polls". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Division I-AA Football Comes to Orlando: Part 5 of 8 - The History of UCF Football". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  3. ^ "2011 UCF Football Yearbook". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. Retrieved 2012-06-05.