South Florida–UCF rivalry

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The South Florida–UCF rivalry, officially known as the War on I–4, is a college rivalry between the University of Central Florida Knights and University of South Florida Bulls. The rivalry is best known for its college football matchup, and originated in a series of football games played from 2005–08. In 2013, when UCF joined the American Athletic Conference, the schools began competing annually in all sports, with the yearly football game played on Thanksgiving weekend. In 2016, the schools officially adopted the "War on I-4" as an official competition series. Each year, the team with the most wins across all sports receives an I–4 road sign trophy; the winner of the football game also receives a similar trophy.

Names[edit]

Starting when the schools first met on the gridiron in 2005, some writers dubbed the rivalry the "War on I–4". When the series resumed in 2013, administrators from both schools named it the "I–4 Corridor Clash". Both names refer to Interstate 4, an interstate highway that runs through both Orlando and Tampa in Central Florida.[1][2] In 2016, when the schools announced the official competition, they formally adopted the "War on I-4" name.[3][4]

Series history[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Founded in 1956 and 1963, respectively, the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida are located 82.6 miles (132.9 km) apart from each other.[a] The schools' distance, combined with their athletic programs concurrent establishment and rise to NCAA Division I helped create a natural rivalry between the two schools. The first meeting between the Florida Technical University Knights of the Pegasus (UCF)[5] and the University of South Florida Golden Brahman was in 1972 in a basketball game in Tampa. The Golden Brahman won this game, 115–96.[6] Since that time, the schools have played each other in 9 other sports.[6]

Official War on I-4 rivalry[edit]

On September 21, 2016, both schools announced the official recognition of the “War On I-4” rivalry series. The schools compete each school year in 14 sports for bragging rights, with each sports team's record counting equally toward a final tally for each program. The winner each year will take possession of a large trophy shaped like the iconic I-4 road sign, which will be displayed on their campus for the following year. The winner of the annual Thanksgiving weekend, football clash will also receive a similarly shaped “War On I-4” trophy.[3][4]

Point system[edit]

Beginning on September 21, 2016, when the rivalry series was officially established, USF and UCF score their head-to-head competitions in 14 sports programs represented at both universities, with each sport being worth 6 points. Nine programs (football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis) compete head-to-head during the regular season. The five programs that don’t compete directly against each other (cross country, golf, and track and field) determine their winner based on the best overall conference post-season performance of the teams. The performances of both athletic programs in the annual NCAA Graduation Success Rate will be used as a tiebreaker, if necessary. Points will be awarded per victory in sports with multiple meetings in a given season.[3]

Football[edit]

History[edit]

Early plans[edit]

Discussions about scheduling a game between the Knights and Bulls began shortly after South Florida fielded its first NCAA Division I-AA team in 1997.[7][8] Supporters suggested such a rivalry could help generate interest and revenue for both burgeoning teams. The prospect became more serious when the Bulls entered Division I-A in 2001 and was very popular among fans, but as it would be a non-conference series, difficulties arose. UCF had overbooked its future schedules and would have to break commitments.[7] Meanwhile, South Florida officials worried that their young program stood to take in less revenue from a home-and-away series against UCF than it would with an additional home game on the schedule.[9] Serious planning for a series did not commence until 2003.[7]

First games (2005–2008)[edit]

By 2003, serious discussions resumed as both schools had joined conferences – South Florida joined Conference USA (C-USA) in 2001, while UCF joined the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 2002.[7] That year, the schools' athletics directors met and agreed to schedule games for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.[7][10] Subsequently, South Florida joined the Big East, an Automatic Qualifying conference, in 2005,[11] while UCF joined C-USA the same year.[12] The Bulls won both games, which both drew crowds over 45,000. The series was extended for 2007 and 2008 as part of an agreement with C-USA that the Bulls play a member of the conference annually for five years.[10][13] South Florida won these games as well, including a 64–12 blowout in 2007. South Florida declined to schedule further games in the series, indicating it wished to pursue more competitive and high-profile opponents and teams from outside Florida.[14][15]

The two schools discussed scheduling more games over the next several years, including a failed proposal by South Florida to play at the Citrus Bowl in 2011.[16][17][18]

Renewed series (2013–present)[edit]

Conference realignment shed new light on the rivalry in 2011, when UCF was admitted to the Big East Conference (later realigned as the American Athletic Conference).[19][20] For the first time, both schools were part of the same conference, and the rivalry resumed as a regular conference match beginning with the 2013 season.[21] The games have been scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend.[22][23] In 2013, UCF pulled off a late 23–20 win against the Bulls in Orlando to earn its first victory against South Florida.[24][25] In May 2014, The American announced that as of the 2015 season, both schools will be a member of the East Division.[26]

Game results[edit]

Since 2005, the Bulls and Knights have played seven times. South Florida leads the series 5–2. The game has been played in two cities and three stadiums: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and the Citrus Bowl and Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida. South Florida leads the series in Tampa (3–1) and in Orlando (3–1).

South Florida victories UCF victories
# Date Location Winner Score Attendance
1 September 17, 2005 Tampa, FL South Florida 31–14 45,139
2 September 16, 2006 Orlando, FL South Florida 24–17 46,708
3 October 6, 2007 Tampa, FL South Florida 64–12 65,948
4 September 6, 2008 Orlando, FL South Florida 31–24OT 46,805
5 November 29, 2013 Orlando, FL UCF 23–20 45,952
6 November 28, 2014 Tampa, FL UCF 16–0 36,963
7 November 26, 2015 Orlando, FL South Florida 44–3 25,967
8 November 26, 2016 Tampa, FL South Florida 48–31 36,056
Series: South Florida leads 6–2

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Game notes[edit]

2005[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Knights 0 0 7 7 14
Bulls 7 14 7 3 31
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 45,139
  • Television network: FSN

A crowd of 45,139, second-largest (until that time) in South Florida's relatively brief football history, watched the Bulls build a 21–0 halftime lead on the strength of a relentless running attack that finished with 326 yards. Andre Hall ran for 155 yards and scored two touchdowns Saturday night to help South Florida beat UCF 31–14.

UCF was held to 45 yards rushing and was shut out until Joe Burnett returned a third-quarter punt 60 yards to the South Florida 4, setting up Steven Moffett's touchdown run on the next play. Moffett also threw a 9-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall late in the fourth quarter.

One play after Hall nearly scored on a 17-yard run, Pat Julmiste added South Florida's last TD on 1-yard quarterback sneak late in the third quarter. Kyle Bronson added a fourth-quarter field goal to make it 31–7.

2006[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 7 0 3 14 24
Golden Knights 0 10 0 7 17
  • Location: Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 2:30 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 46,708
  • Television network: CBSSN

South Florida freshman quarterback Matt Grothe threw for 302 yards and ran for another 73, eclipsing Marquel Blackwell's 239-yard game against New Haven in 1999. Blackwell also had a 238-yard game that same year against Liberty. Meanwhile, Grothe now has the top three rushing games by a freshman quarterback in South Florida history, including his 73 yards. He had 82 rushing yards against Florida International and 58 in the season opener against McNeese State. Blackwell had held the record with 57 yards against Southwest Texas State in 1999.

2007[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 7 3 0 2 12
• #5 Bulls 12 17 14 21 64
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 65,948
  • Television network: ESPNU

The Bulls defeated the cross-state Knights 64–12 in front of a home crowd announced at 65,948. The Bulls held the Knights to just 145 total yards and Kevin Smith, who came in as the nation's leading rusher at 172 yards per game, to just 55 yards in one half of play, the only time during the season that a defense held Smith to under 100 yards. South Florida gained 543 total yards—over three times as much as UCF—while holding the ball three fewer minutes than the Knights. UCF scored their only offensive points—a Kyle Israel rush for a touchdown, and a field goal—in the first half. UCF and South Florida would also exchange safeties.

2008[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
• #17 Bulls 10 0 14 0 7 31
Knights 7 3 0 14 0 24
  • Location: Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 46,805
  • Television network: ESPN2

In what was the final meeting of the War on I-4 for many years, the visiting Bulls downed the Knights 31–24 in a closely contested overtime battle. With UCF trailing 24–7 late in the 4th quarter, quarterback Michael Greco threw two touchdown passes in less than a minute, including passes of 13 yards to Corey Rabazinski and 31 yards to Rocky Ross, to tie the game at 24 with 1:40 remaining in regulation. South Florida won the game when they stopped UCF on a 4th and short in overtime.

2013[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 3 3 7 7 20
• #17 Knights 3 10 3 7 23
  • Location: Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 45,952
  • Television network: ESPN

UCF debuted their black helmets for the first and only time for this matchup (worn with gold jerseys and black pants). Despite turning the ball over five times, the Knights found a way to earn their first victory in the I-4 Corridor Clash against South Florida. Running back Storm Johnson fumbled the ball on UCF's first two drives, including a drop at the Bulls 10 yard line. Trailing with under five minutes left in regulation, QB Blake Bortles found WR Breshad Perriman for a 52-yard go-ahead touchdown reception. With 1:20 left in the fourth quarter and charging down the field, South Florida quarterback Mike White was intercepted by CB Jordan Ozerities, and he returned the ball 52 yards to the Bulls 37 yard line. The Knights ran out the clock for the victory.

2014[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 0 14 2 0 16
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 36,963
  • Television network: ESPN2

After a scoreless first quarter, Justin Holman led the Knights on a 17-play, 80 yard scoring drive to open the second quarter. The Knights held the Bulls offense to a three-and-out on the next series, which was followed by an 8-play, 73 yard scoring drive by UCF capped off by a 21-yard run from Rannell Hall. UCF held South Florida to 200 yards of total offense, 5 yards rushing, and forced three turnovers on downs. The Bulls missed a field goal and were not able to convert on three UCF turnovers.

2015[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 7 17 14 6 44
Knights 3 0 0 0 3
  • Location: Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 7:30 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 25,967
  • Television network: ESPN

After scoring a field goal on their first drive, the Knights were shut out by the Bulls defense. The Bulls held UCF to 203 yards of total offense and caught two interceptions. Scoring 44 unanswered points and gaining 455 offensive yards, South Florida handed UCF their twelfth loss of the season, guaranteeing their second winless campaign since 2004. For the first time since 1995, UCF wore black jerseys and black pants. USF, on the other hand, completed one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in college football history to finish 8–4 after a 1–3 start.

2016[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 7 7 10 7 31
Bulls 14 10 7 17 48
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 36,056
  • Television network: CBSSN

The 2016 game was the first official War on I-4 football game and both teams entered the game having already secured bowl eligibility (UCF was 6–5 and USF was 9–2), for the first time since the 2007 meeting. Following the game USF was ranked in both the AP and Coaches poll.

Basketball[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

The two schools began competing against one another in men's basketball during the 1971–1972 season and have met thirty-three times to date. The Bulls currently hold a 22–12 edge over the Knights, however two Knights' victories were vacated due to NCAA sanctions. The 2013–2014 season marked the first time the schools would compete in the same conference, with UCF holding a 5–2 series lead in American Athletic Conference play. USF holds the longest win streak in the series having won nine consecutive games against their rivals, while the Knights have never won more than four in a row against the Bulls.

South Florida victories UCF victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 February 22, 1972 Tampa, FL South Florida 115–96
2 December 11, 1972 Orlando, FL South Florida 100–88
3 December 3, 1973 Tampa, FL South Florida 96–76
4 November 30, 1974 Orlando, FL FTU 75–74
5 February 17, 1975 Tampa, FL South Florida 120–87
6 November 29, 1975 Orlando, FL South Florida 94–76
7 November 29, 1976 Tampa, FL FTU 66–57
8 January 26, 1978 Orlando, FL FTU 79–57
9 February 6, 1986 Tampa, FL South Florida 81–65
10 December 17, 1987 Tampa, FL South Florida 86–71
11 December 12, 1992 Tampa, FL South Florida 92–81
12 January 26, 1993 Orlando, FL South Florida 77–72
13 February 7, 1994 Orlando, FL UCF 89–85OT
14 December 10, 1994 Tampa, FL South Florida 89–64
15 December 11, 1995 Orlando, FL South Florida 92–82
16 December 14, 1996 Tampa, FL South Florida 66–47
17 December 30, 1997 Tampa, FL (N) South Florida 73–72
18 December 17, 1998 St. Petersburg, FL (N) South Florida 69–55
19 December 3, 1999 Orlando, FL South Florida 79–55
20 December 15, 2000 Tampa, FL South Florida 85–55
21 January 29, 2002 Orlando, FL South Florida 84–79
22 December 1, 2007 Tampa, FL South Florida 75–67
23 December 6, 2008 Orlando, FL UCF 71–63#
24 December 16, 2009 Tampa, FL South Florida 69–65
25 November 18, 2010 Orlando, FL UCF 65–59#
26 November 10, 2012 Tampa, FL UCF 74–56
27 January 2, 2013 Orlando, FL South Florida 65–56
28 February 5, 2014 Orlando, FL South Florida 79–78OT
29 February 15, 2014 Tampa, FL UCF 75–74
30 February 11, 2015 Orlando, FL UCF 73–62
31 March 4, 2015 Tampa, FL South Florida 74–45
32 January 6, 2016 Orlando, FL UCF 75–64
33 January 20, 2016 Tampa, FL UCF 64–54
34 January 17, 2017[28] Orlando, FL UCF 86–64
35 March 2, 2017 [29] Tampa, FL UCF 59–56
Series: South Florida leads 22–13

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[#] – UCF's victories in 2008 and 2010 were vacated due to NCAA sanctions

(N) – neutral site locations

Women's basketball[edit]

The schools claim two different baseball records and results, due to when they declare the first meeting occurred. According to USF, they lead the women's basketball series 25–9, with the first meeting occurring on January 20, 1973, with a USF 41–30 win in Tampa.[32] According to UCF and the official War on I-4 website, the first meeting occurred on January 12, 1978, with a USF 81–70 win in Tampa, resulting in a 22–6 USF lead in the series.[33] USF had not lost a game in the series since the 1980–81 season until UCF beat the #22 USF on February 14, 2017.[34][35]

South Florida victories UCF victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 January 20, 1973[b] Tampa, FL South Florida 41–30
2 December 30, 1973[b] Orlando, FL FTU 59–47
3 January 21, 1974[b] Orlando, FL FTU 55–48
4 January 27, 1975[b] Orlando, FL South Florida 54–45
5 February 4, 1975[b] Tampa, FL South Florida 53–37
6 February 10, 1977[b] Orlando, FL FTU 75–68
7 January 12, 1978 Tampa, FL South Florida 81–70
8 February 4, 1978 Orlando, FL FTU 65–59
9 December 5, 1978 Tampa, FL South Florida 59–52
10 January 26, 1979 Orlando, FL UCF 76–73
11 November 30, 1979 Tampa, FL South Florida 66–64
12 December 13, 1979 Orlando, FL UCF 78–76
13 January 26, 1980 Orlando, FL UCF 76–56
14 December 10, 1980 Orlando, FL UCF 72–66
15 November 19, 1981 Tampa, FL South Florida 54–51
16 February 2, 1987 Tampa, FL South Florida 87–80
17 January 9, 1988 Orlando, FL South Florida 92–73
18 February 2, 1988 Tampa, FL South Florida 72–63
19 December 5, 1988 Tampa, FL South Florida 91–80
20 December 19, 1989 Orlando, FL South Florida 81–70
21 March 3, 1992 Tampa, FL South Florida 76–64
22 December 1, 1992 Tampa, FL South Florida 110–55
23 January 4, 1993 Orlando, FL South Florida 81–78
24 February 2, 1994 Tampa, FL South Florida 81–57
25 December 10, 1996 Orlando, FL South Florida 66–49
26 November 19, 1999 Orlando, FL South Florida 62–60
27 November 21, 2000 Tampa, FL South Florida 67–58
28 January 18, 2014 Orlando, FL South Florida 63–38
29 January 24, 2014 Tampa, FL South Florida 88–49
30 February 8, 2014 Tampa, FL South Florida 89–54
31 February 3, 2015 Tampa, FL South Florida 91–68
32 February 28, 2015 Orlando, FL South Florida 99–71
33 January 5, 2016 Tampa, FL South Florida 108–63
34 February 14, 2017 Tampa, FL UCF 66–62

Baseball[edit]

The schools claim two different baseball records and results, due to when they declare the first meeting occurred. According to USF, they lead the baseball series 68–62, with the first meeting occurring on March 13, 1971, with USF winning 5–1 in Tampa.[36] However, according to UCF and the official War on I-4 website,[6] the first meeting did not occur until FTU's 6–3 victory over USF on April 12, 1973, in Orlando, giving USF only a 65–63 lead in the series. Since that time, the two schools have played each other at least twice per year, except for 1981–1984, in which they did not face each other.[36][37] The two teams have played four times in the postseason, splitting the games 2–2.[38]

South Florida victories UCF victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 March 13, 1971[b] Tampa, FL South Florida 5–1
2 April 29, 1971[b] Orlando, FL FTU 5–4
3 March 3, 1972[b] Tampa, FL South Florida 17–1
4 April 22, 1972[b] Orlando, FL South Florida 11–6
5 April 12, 1973 Orlando, FL FTU 6–3
6 April 28, 1973 Tampa, FL South Florida 10–0
7 April 20, 1974 Tampa, FL South Florida 2–0
8 April 29, 1974 Orlando, FL South Florida 7–5
9 March 15, 1975 Tampa, FL South Florida 6–5
10 May 2, 1975 Orlando, FL FTU 6–5
11 February 28, 1976 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–0
12 April 30, 1976 Orlando, FL South Florida 12–4
13 February 26, 1977 Orlando, FL FTU 2–0
14 May 2, 1977 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–2
15 March 2, 1978 Tampa, FL South Florida 2–0
16 April 11, 1978 Tampa, FL FTU 11–4
17 March 7, 1979 Orlando, FL South Florida 8–7
18 April 7, 1979 Tampa, FL South Florida 7–4
19 1980[c] Orlando, FL UCF 10–3
20 April 15, 1980 Tampa, FL UCF 7–3
21 May 3, 1985 Tampa, FL South Florida 13–2
22 May 4, 1985 Tampa, FL South Florida 13–6
23 May 5, 1985 Tampa, FL South Florida 8–7
24 May 6, 1985 Orlando, FL South Florida 6–4
25 May 2, 1986 Orlando, FL South Florida 4–3
26 May 3, 1986 Orlando, FL UCF 6–3
27 February 25, 1987 Tampa, FL South Florida 9–2
28 April 1, 1987 Tampa, FL South Florida 6–2
29 March 30, 1988 Tampa, FL UCF 10–1
30 April 13, 1988 Orlando, FL UCF 4–3(11)
31 March 28, 1989 Tampa, FL UCF 6–3
32 April 4, 1989 Orlando, FL UCF 7–3
33 February 28, 1990 Tampa, FL UCF 6–3
34 May 2, 1990 Orlando, FL South Florida 7–6
35 February 5, 1991 Orlando, FL South Florida 5–2
36 April 10, 1991 Tampa, FL South Florida 10–2
37 February 7, 1992 Kissimmee, FL* UCF 7–1
38 February 9, 1992 Kissimmee, FL* South Florida 7–4
39 April 14, 1993 Tampa, FL UCF 2–0
40 April 21, 1993 Orlando, FL UCF 7–6
41 May 1, 1993 Tampa, FL South Florida 17–6
42 May 2, 1993 Tampa, FL South Florida 11–0
43 May 28, 1993 Tallahassee, FLNCAA UCF 2–0
44 April 5, 1994 Orlando, FL South Florida 8–4
45 April 12, 1994 Tampa, FL South Florida 5–1
46 April 19, 1994 Orlando, FL UCF 5–2
47 May 3, 1994 Tampa, FL UCF 7–6
48 April 4, 1995 Orlando, FL UCF 5–4
49 April 11, 1995 Tampa, FL UCF 2–0
50 April 18, 1995 Orlando, FL UCF 3–2
51 April 25, 1995 Tampa, FL UCF 11–4
52 April 2, 1996 Tampa, FL UCF 9–4
53 April 9, 1996 Orlando, FL UCF 5–1
54 April 16, 1996 Tampa, FL South Florida 10–3
55 April 23, 1996 Orlando, FL UCF 3–2
56 February 8, 1997 Kissimmee, FL* South Florida 15–2
57 April 1, 1997 Tampa, FL UCF 11–3
58 April 8, 1997 Orlando, FL UCF 4–3(11)
59 April 15, 1997 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–3(13)
60 April 22, 1997 Orlando, FL UCF 2–1
61 May 22, 1997 Tallahassee, FLNCAA South Florida 5–4
62 February 8, 1998 Kissimmee, FL* South Florida 3–2
63 March 31, 1998 Orlando, FL UCF 10–7
# Date Location Winner Score
64 April 7, 1998 Tampa, FL UCF 17–10
65 April 14, 1998 Tampa, FL UCF 17–10
66 April 21, 1998 Orlando, FL UCF 10–5
67 March 30, 1999 Tampa, FL UCF 7–4
68 April 6, 1999 Orlando, FL UCF 8–6
69 April 13, 1999 Tampa, FL South Florida 5–4(10)
70 April 20, 1999 Orlando, FL UCF 12–11
71 March 28, 2000 Orlando, FL UCF 9–8
72 April 4, 2000 Tampa, FL South Florida 6–2
73 April 11, 2000 Tampa, FL UCF 3–0
74 April 18, 2000 Orlando, FL South Florida 13–2
75 April 3, 2001 Orlando, FL South Florida 15–5
76 April 10, 2001 Tampa, FL UCF 16–9
77 April 24, 2001 Tampa, FL South Florida 13–10(10)
78 April 2, 2002 Tampa, FL South Florida 9–4
79 April 23, 2002 Orlando, FL UCF 6–2
80 May 31, 2002 Tallahassee, FLNCAA UCF 6–1
81 June 1, 2002 Tallahassee, FLNCAA South Florida 7–2
82 April 1, 2003 Tampa, FL South Florida 8–5
83 April 8, 2003 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–0
84 April 15, 2003 Tampa, FL UCF 10–6
85 April 13, 2004 Tampa, FL South Florida 10–4
86 May 4, 2004 Orlando, FL UCF 6–0
87 April 5, 2005 Tampa, FL UCF 8–7
88 April 19, 2005 Tampa, FL South Florida 9–2
89 April 4, 2006 Tampa, FL UCF 11–0
90 April 11, 2006 Orlando, FL South Florida 4–3
91 April 18, 2006 Tampa, FL South Florida 6–4(11)
92 April 3, 2007 Tampa, FL South Florida 11–4
93 April 17, 2007 Tampa, FL South Florida 10–5
94 April 24, 2007 Orlando, FL UCF 11–5
95 April 1, 2008 Orlando, FL South Florida 17–4
96 April 8, 2008 Orlando, FL UCF 6–3
97 April 29, 2008 Tampa, FL South Florida 14–6
98 May 6, 2008 Tampa, FL UCF 9–5
99 March 10, 2009 Tampa, FL South Florida 8–5
100 March 11, 2009 Orlando, FL South Florida 13–5
101 April 28, 2009 Orlando, FL UCF 9–5
102 April 29, 2009 Tampa, FL South Florida 9–3
103 March 16, 2010 Orlando, FL South Florida 4–0
104 April 6, 2010 Tampa, FL UCF 7–3
105 March 15, 2011 Orlando, FL South Florida 6–5
106 May 3, 2011 Tampa, FL UCF 10–4
107 February 28, 2012 Orlando, FL UCF 12–1
108 March 20, 2012 Tampa, FL UCF 6–2
109 February 26, 2013 Orlando, FL South Florida 6–4
110 April 10, 2013 Tampa, FL South Florida 9–3
111 April 4, 2014 Tampa, FL UCF 2–0
112 April 5, 2014 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–2
113 April 6, 2014 Tampa, FL UCF 6–2
114 May 1, 2015 Orlando, FL UCF 3–0
115 May 2, 2015 Orlando, FL UCF 2–1
116 May 3, 2015 Orlando, FL South Florida 9–3
117 May 14, 2015 Tampa, FL UCF 12–9
118 May 15, 2015 Tampa, FL South Florida 7–3
119 May 16, 2015 Tampa, FL South Florida 5–4
120 April 15, 2016 Orlando, FL South Florida 6–4
121 April 16, 2016 Orlando, FL UCF 4–0
122 April 17, 2016 Orlando, FL UCF 6–5
123 April 29, 2016 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–0
124 April 30, 2016 Tampa, FL South Florida 5–4
125 May 1, 2016 Tampa, FL UCF 9–2

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[NCAA]NCAA Division I Baseball Championship[38][40]
[*]Olive Garden Classic, played at the neutral site Osceola County Stadium[41]

Softball[edit]

Softball was first played between the teams on April 16, 2003 in a double-header in Tampa.[6][42][43] USF won both games 9–0 and 5–4 respectively. The two schools have played each other five times in the post-season, with USF holding a 3–2 advantage while UCF has won the most recent post-season matchup, 3–1, in the 2015 American Athletic Conference Softball Tournament semi-finals.[44][45]

South Florida victories UCF victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 April 16, 2003 Tampa, FL South Florida 9–0
2 April 16, 2003 Tampa, FL South Florida 5–4
3 May 7, 2004 Orlando, FL South Florida 8–1
4 May 7, 2004 Orlando, FL South Florida 8–6
5 March 12, 2005 Tampa, FL South Florida 6–2
6 April 20, 2005 Tampa, FL South Florida 5–3
7 May 20, 2005 Gainesville, FL NCAA South Florida 14–3
8 May 21, 2005 Gainesville, FL NCAA South Florida 5–4
9 April 12, 2006 Tampa, FL UCF 3–1
10 May 16, 2008 Gainesville, FL NCAA UCF 3–2
11 May 18, 2012 Gainesville, FL NCAA South Florida 1–0
12 April 12, 2014 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–0
13 April 12, 2014 Tampa, FL UCF 3–1
14 April 12, 2014 Tampa, FL UCF 2–1
15 May 2, 2015 Orlando, FL UCF 2–1
16 May 2, 2015 Orlando, FL South Florida 3–2
17 May 3, 2015 Orlando, FL UCF 6–1
18 May 8, 2015 Orlando, FLAAC UCF 3–1
19 April 29, 2016 Tampa, FL UCF 9–0
20 April 30, 2016 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–1
21 May 1, 2016 Tampa, FL UCF 5–3
Series: South Florida leads 12–9

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[AAC]American Athletic Conference Softball Tournament
[NCAA]NCAA Division I Softball Championship

Soccer[edit]

Men's Soccer[edit]

The two schools claim different records in Men's Soccer, due to when they declare the first meeting occurred. Unlike other sports, UCF and the official War on I-4 website claim the first meeting occurred earlier than USF does. According to UCF and the official War on I-4 website,[6] the first meeting occurred in 1975, with USF winning 4–1, giving USF a 24–5–4 lead. However, according to USF, the first meeting did not occur until USF's 2–1 win on September 26, 1979 in Tampa, giving USF a 21–5–3 lead.[49][50]

South Florida victories UCF victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1975[d] South Florida 4–1
2 1976[d] Tie 1–1
3 October 29, 1977[d] Tampa, FL South Florida 3–1
4 September 26, 1979 Tampa, FL South Florida 2–1
5 October 4, 1980 Orlando, FL Tie 1–1OT
6 September 23, 1981 Tampa, FL South Florida 3–0
7 October 12, 1982 Orlando, FL Tie 1–1OT
8 September 14, 1983 Tampa, FL South Florida 2–1OT
9 September 6, 1984 Orlando, FL Tie 0/1–0OT/1[e]
10 October 15, 1985 Tampa, FL South Florida 3–2OT
11 October 27, 1987 Tampa, FL UCF 1–0
12 October 19, 1988 Orlando, FL UCF 3–2
13 September 6, 1989 Tampa, FL South Florida 5–1
14 September 12, 1990 Orlando, FL South Florida 3–1
15 September 18, 1991 Tampa, FL South Florida 2–0
16 October 27, 1992 Orlando, FL South Florida 1–0
17 October 6, 1993 Tampa, FL South Florida 1–0
18 October 19, 1994 Orlando, FL South Florida 3–0
19 November 1, 1998 Orlando, FL South Florida 3–2OT
20 September 21, 1999 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–3
21 October 4, 2000 Orlando, FL South Florida 3–1
22 October 31, 2001 Tampa, FL UCF 3–1
23 October 8, 2002 Orlando, FL South Florida 3–1
24 August 31, 2007 Tampa, FL South Florida 5–2
25 October 14, 2008 Orlando, FL South Florida 1–0OT
26 September 1, 2009 Tampa, FL South Florida 2–1
27 November 18, 2010 Orlando, FLNCAA UCF 3–0
28 November 20, 2011 Tampa, FLNCAA South Florida 2–1OT
29 October 23, 2013 Tampa, FL UCF 1–0
30 October 22, 2014 Orlando, FL South Florida 1–0
31 October 21, 2015 Tampa, FL South Florida 3–1
32 September 24, 2016 Orlando, FL South Florida 2–1
33 November 11, 2016 Tampa, FLAAC South Florida 2–1

[49][50]
[NCAA]NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship
[AAC]American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament

Women's Soccer[edit]

Unlike Men's Soccer, the two schools claim the same records in Women's Soccer. The first meeting occurred in 1998 with USF winning 4–0 at home in Tampa. UCF currently leads the series 10–2–2,[51][52] after the most recent meeting ended in a double overtime tie in Tampa on October 7, 2016.[53]

South Florida victories UCF victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1998 Tampa, FL South Florida 4–0
2 2001 Orlando, FL UCF 3–2
3 2003 Tampa, FL UCF 2–1
4 2004 Orlando, FL UCF 5–0
5 September 13, 2009 Orlando, FL UCF 1–0
6 September 3, 2010 Tampa, FL UCF 1–02OT
7 August 19, 2011 Orlando, FL UCF 5–1
8 August 17, 2012 Tampa, FL UCF 3–1
9 September 27, 2013 Orlando, FL UCF 2–1
10 November 8, 2013 Orlando, FLAAC Tie 0 (5)–0 (3)[f]
11 October 10, 2014 Tampa, FL UCF 3–0
12 October 23, 2015 Orlando, FL UCF 3–1
13 November 5, 2015 Dallas, TXAAC South Florida 1–02OT
14 October 7, 2016 Tampa, FL Tie 1–1
Series: UCF leads 10–2–2

[51][52]
[NCAA]NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship
[AAC]American Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The distance between the two schools is being measured in a straight line from the front entrance of the UCF Student Union (28°36′06″N 81°12′02″W / 28.601778°N 81.200549°W / 28.601778; -81.200549 (UCF Student Union)) to the front entrance of USF's Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center (28°03′49″N 82°24′48″W / 28.063741°N 82.413310°W / 28.063741; -82.413310 (Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center)).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Not recognized by UCF or the official "War on I-4" website
  3. ^ Date not listed in either schools' media guide
  4. ^ a b c Not recognized by USF
  5. ^ UCF claims that game ended 1–1 in regulation. USF claims the game ended 0–0 in overtime.
  6. ^ UCF advances on penalty kicks.

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