1999 UCF Golden Knights football team

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1999 UCF Golden Knights football
UCF Golden Knights logo.png
Conference Independent
1999 record 4–7
Head coach Mike Kruczek (2nd year)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
(Capacity: 65,438)
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1999 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Louisiana Tech           8 3  
Louisiana–Monroe           5 6  
Navy           5 7  
Notre Dame           5 7  
UCF           4 7  
Middle Tennessee           3 8  
Louisiana–Lafayette           2 9  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1999 UCF Golden Knights football season was Mike Kruczek's second year as the head coach of the Golden Knights. Kruczek led UCF to an overall record of 4–7 in 1999.[1] With the departure of Daunte Culpepper to the NFL Draft, the quarterback duties were taken over by college journeyman Vic Penn.[2]

The Golden Knights opened the season at the Citrus Bowl, hosting their largest-profile opponent thus far since joining Division I-A. Purdue, led by quarterback Drew Brees, soundly defeated UCF 47-13. UCF got out to an early 6-0 lead, but the Boilermakers scored 47 unanswered points, as Brees threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns. As the game got out of hand, two players were later ejected, and twice fans were arrested for running out on the field.[3]

After being routed by #4 Florida, and #10 Georgia Tech, the Golden Knights almost earned their first victory over an SEC team. UCF was defeated 24–23 by #11 Georgia in a game known as the "Burglary Between the Hedges."[4] The Golden Knights trailed by one point, and were driving inside the red zone in the final minute. At the 20 yard line with 15 seconds left, UCF was looking at a game-winning 37-yard field goal attempt, and a monumental upset. Coach Kruczek decided to run one more play before bringing kicker Javier Beorlegui out on the field. Quarterback Vic Penn lofted a pass to Kenny Clark in the endzone, but Clark was tackled out of bounds by Bulldogs defender Jeff Harris in what appeared to be blatant pass interference. The SEC officials, however, inexcusably called offensive pass interference on UCF. The Golden Knights were backed up 15 yards, and out of field goal range, and were robbed of a chance for victory.

After starting the season 0-4, the Golden Knights earned two victories against Division I-AA opponents (Eastern Illinois and Nicholls State). They finally got their first win of the season against a Division I-A team with a 31-6 win over Eastern Michigan on October 30.

On November 6, UCF was poised for another possible upset. After a near-miss against Auburn a year earlier, UCF once again took the Tigers down to the wire. Trailing 14-10 with three minutes left, the Tigers blasted for two touchdowns in the span of 94 seconds, dropping UCF by a final score of 28-10.[5]

During the decade of the 1990s, UCF would compile an overall record of 67–46–0 (.593) during the decade.[6][7]


The Citrus Bowl, the Knights home field.
Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 6:00 PM No. 22 Purdue* Citrus BowlOrlando, FL ESPN+ L 13–47   40,112
September 11 6:00 PM at No. 4 Florida* Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL PPV L 27–58   85,346
September 18 7:00 PM at No. 12 Georgia Tech* Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA L 10–41   45,355
September 25 1:00 PM at No. 11 Georgia* Sanford StadiumAthens, GA SUN L 23–24   86,117
October 2 6:00 PM Eastern Illinois* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL W 31–21   18,864
October 16 6:00 PM Nicholls State* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL W 28–0   13,875
October 23 6:00 PM Louisiana Tech* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL L 35–46   16,535
October 30 4:00 PM Eastern Michigan* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL W 31–6   27,845
November 6 2:00 PM at Auburn* Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL PPV L 10–28   75,804
November 13 7:00 PM at Middle Tennessee State* Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN W 39–14   10,751
November 20 1:00 PM Bowling Green* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL L 30–33   14,299
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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  1. ^ "UCF Football Flashback - Going on Krucz Control: Part 7 of 8". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. August 8, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated profile - Vic Penn
  3. ^ 1999 Purdue Football Game #2 Notes
  4. ^ Bianchi, Mike (December 30, 2010). "UCF Liberty Bowl Win Against Georgia Would Avenge Burglary Between the Hedges". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Solano, Javier (November 10, 1999). "Ucf Picks Up Pieces After Loss To Auburn". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Division I-AA Football Comes to Orlando: Part 5 of 8". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. July 18, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2011 UCF Football Yearbook". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 

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