1993 UCF Golden Knights football team

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1993 UCF Golden Knights football
UCF Golden Knights logo.png
Division I-AA First Round at Youngstown State, L 30–56
Conference Independent
Sports Network No. 12[1]
1993 record 9–3
Head coach Gene McDowell (9th year)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
« 1992 1994 »

The 1993 UCF Golden Knights football season was Gene McDowell's ninth as the head coach of the Golden Knights. Earning their eighth winning season in 1993, with a 9–3 overall record, UCF made the playoffs for the second time in four years.[2] Also during the season, the Golden Knights won their first game over a Division I-A team, a 38–16 victory over Louisiana Tech.

Starting in 1993 (and continuing through the 2006 season), the program was nicknamed the "Golden Knights." Before 1993 (and since 2007), UCF's sports programs were simply known as the "Knights." The name change was proposed in 1993 by then athletic director Steve Sloan as a way to boost the popularity of the program and to boost merchandise sales.[3]

At 6-1 by late October, it was the best start in school history. Their only loss early on was to East Carolina, a Division I-A team. The Golden Knights won three of their last four regular season games, finished 9-2-0 and advanced to the Division I-AA Playoffs. The Golden Knights were defeated in the first round by Jim Tressel's Youngstown State Penguins by the score of 56-30. The Penguins would go on to win the 1993 Division I-AA championship.

Schedule and results[edit]

The Citrus Bowl, the Knights home field.
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 11 Valdosta State* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida W 35–30   11,033
September 18 at East Carolina* Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, North Carolina L 17–41   30,867
September 25 McNeese State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 22–3   10,759
October 2 Yale* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 42–28   23,489
October 9 Samford* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 48–17   8,081
October 16 Western Illinois* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 35–17   12,857
October 23 at Bethune–Cookman* Municipal StadiumDaytona Beach, Florida W 34–14   5,500
October 30 at Troy* Veterans Memorial StadiumTroy, Alabama L 15–29   5,100
November 6 Liberty* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 55–19   8,688
November 13 Buffalo* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 42–7   7,609
November 20 at Louisiana Tech* Joe Aillet StadiumRuston, Louisiana W 38–16   4,000
November 27 at Youngstown State* Stambaugh StadiumYoungstown, Ohio (Division I-AA First Round Playoff Game) L 30–56   7,408
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Central Florida In the Polls". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  2. ^ "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. ^ "Central Florida to drop 'Golden' from Knights nickname". USA Today. 2007-04-15. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 

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