2001 UCF Golden Knights football team

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2001 UCF Golden Knights football
UCF Golden Knights logo.png
Conference Independent
2001 record 6–5
Head coach Mike Kruczek (4th season)
Home stadium Citrus Bowl
(Capacity: 65,438)
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
South Florida           8 3  
Troy           7 4  
UCF           6 5  
Notre Dame           5 6  
Utah State           4 7  
Connecticut           2 9  
Navy           0 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 UCF Golden Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. Their head coach was Mike Kruczek, who was in his fourth season with the team. The season marked the Golden Knights last season as an independent. In 2002, UCF joined the Mid-American Conference in the East Division, the first conference for the Golden Knights since ascending to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996.

On opening day, UCF traveled to No. 19 Clemson. The Tigers outlasted UCF, and won by the score of 21–13. UCF quarterback Ryan Schneider threw for 297 yards, but an ineffective rushing game was the difference in the game. UCF scored a touchdown with 8:09 left in regulation, but a missed extra point and a punt on their next possession allowed Clemson to run out the clock and preserve the win.[1] On October 13, UCF blew out Liberty 63–0, the largest shutout victory in school history.[2] The Golden Knights scored on their first six possessions, jumping out to a 42–0 halftime lead. In UCF's final game as an Independent school, the Golden Knights earned a 31–0 win over Louisiana–Lafayette in their second shutout of the year, and fourth blowout win since October. Finishing with a winning record of 6–5, UCF did not receive a bowl invitation.


The Citrus Bowl, the Knights home field.
Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 1:00 PM at No. 19 Clemson* Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 13–21   81,482
September 8 12:00 PM at Syracuse* Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY SUN L 10–21   35,938
September 22 3:30 PM at Tulane* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA SUN W 36–29   17,497
September 29 12:00 PM at No. 8 Virginia Tech* Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA SUN L 14–46   53,662
October 6 6:00 PM UAB* Citrus BowlOrlando, FL CSS W 24–7   30,820
October 13 6:00 PM Liberty* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL W 63–0   17,103
October 20 4:00 PM Louisiana-Monroe*dagger Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL W 38–6   23,001
October 27 5:05 PM at Utah State* Romney StadiumLogan, UT L 27–30   16,135
November 3 6:00 PM Akron* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL W 57–17   15,779
November 10 2:00 PM at Arkansas* Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR L 20–27   61,527
November 24 1:00 PM Louisiana–Lafayette* Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL W 31–0   12,264
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.