List of UCF Knights bowl games

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The UCF Knights football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing The University of Central Florida in the American Athletic Conference. Since the establishment of the football program in 1979, the Knights have played in seven bowl games. UCF has appeared in four different bowl games, with multiple appearances in the St. Petersburg (3) and the Liberty Bowl (2). The Knights also played in the Hawai'i Bowl, the Cure Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl which was a part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). With their most recent victory in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, UCF has an overall bowl record of 3–5.

UCF's first bowl game came during the 2005 season when, under the leadership of second year head coach George O'Leary, the team underwent the fourth-best turnaround in NCAA history in his second year with the team.[1] Before O'Leary, UCF had not made a postseason appearance since joining the FBS. As an FCS program, the Knights made the 1990 and 1993 playoffs, and were picked as the preseason No. 1 team to start the 1994 season.[2] Since 2004, the Knights have made seven postseason appearances, in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.[3]


Bowl games[edit]

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, score, date, season, opponent, stadium, location, attendance and head coach
# Bowl Score Date Season Opponent Stadium Location Attendance Head coach
1 Hawaii Bowl L 49–48OT December 24, 2005 2005 Nevada Wolf Pack Aloha Stadium Honolulu 26,254 O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary
2 Liberty Bowl L 10–3 December 29, 2007 2007 Mississippi State Bulldogs Liberty Bowl Memphis 63,816 O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary
3 St. Petersburg Bowl L 45–24 December 19, 2009 2009 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Tropicana Field St. Petersburg 28,793 O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary
4 Liberty Bowl W 10–6 December 29, 2010 2010 Georgia Bulldogs Liberty Bowl Memphis 51,231 O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary
5 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl W 38–17 December 21, 2012 2012 Ball State Cardinals Tropicana Field St. Petersburg 21,759 O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary
6 Fiesta Bowl W 52–42 January 1, 2014 2013 Baylor Bears University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale 65,172 O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary
7 St. Petersburg L 34–27 December 26, 2014 2014 NC State Wolfpack Tropicana Field St. Petersburg 26,675 O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary
8 Cure Bowl L 31–13 December 17, 2016 2016 Arkansas State Red Wolves Camping World Stadium Orlando 27,213 Frost, ScottScott Frost

See also[edit]



  • Holic, Nathan, and the UCF Alumni Association. University of Central Florida: The Campus History Series (2009), ISBN 978-0-7385-6768-6
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2012 NCAA Division I Football Records. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 


  1. ^ UCF Football Coach O’Leary Signs 10-Year Contract Extension
  2. ^ "Division I–AA Football Comes to Orlando". University of Central Florida Athletic Association. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ "UCF Football History". University of Central Florida Athletics. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-20.