ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 UCF routed winless Connecticut 62-17 on Saturday.
Bortles completed his first eight passes of the game and ended his day early in the third quarter, connecting on 20 of 24 for 286 yards.
The Knights (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) scored on their first nine possessions of the game. They remain the favorite to claim the league's BCS berth.
UConn's offense was anemic throughout and helped dig its own hole early, thanks to two first-half interceptions by freshman quarterback Tim Boyle. A Huskies' fumble in the second-half set up another UCF score.
The Huskies (0-7, 0-3) have lost eight straight games dating to last season.
It was an important game for UCF, which upset Louisville last week and entered the polls this week with its first national ranking since 2010. That year the Knights lost their next game and immediately dropped out.
There was no stumble this time.
UCF's had its way offensively in the first half as it hurried to a 45-10 halftime lead.
The Knights scored on all seven of their possessions of the half, compiling 338 yards on offense.
Bortles continued to show the poise he displayed in that comeback win, spreading the ball around to seven receivers on Saturday.
The Knights' defense also carried over its momentum from the Louisville win, holding the Huskies to 90 yards in the first half.
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