Sloppy UCF Hold on to Beat Tulane


Oct 18, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights defensive back Brandon Alexander (37) intercepts a pass as the UCF Knights beat the Tulane Green Wave 20-13 at Bright House Networks Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Despite committing four turnovers, the UCF Knights held on for a 20-13 victory against AAC rival Tulane Saturday afternoon.

Justin Holman threw two interceptions while the Knights also fumbled the ball away twice.

It was the Knights (4-2) defense that clinched the win however as they first stopped Lazedrick Thompson on a 4th-and-1 at their own 28 with less than four minutes left before stopping Nick Montana and the Green Wave offense on 4th down again to preserve the win.

Andrew DiRocco’s field goal gave Tulane (2-5) a 3-0 lead after a quarter before UCF got 13 points in the second thanks to two Shawn Moffitt field goals wedged either side of a William Stanback 1-yard touchdown run to finish a 12 play, 81-yard drive.

DiRocco kicked another field goal on Tulane’s opening possession of the second half, but UCF took a 20-6 lead into the fourth quarter after Holman hit Breshad Perriman for a 45-yard score.

Thompson’s 9-yard run was the only score of the fourth quarter as UCF’s defense stood tall once again.

Holman was briefly benched in the second quarter by George O’Leary and was replaced by Nick Patti, who went 3-of-6 for 26 yards. Holman was 9-of-17 for 113 yards with a touchdown and two picks.

Montana was picked off twice as Brandon Alexander and Jacoby Glenn came up with interceptions, the latter of which set up Moffitt’s second field goal.

The UCF defense held Tulane to 278 yards of offense but UCF could only muster 233 yards themselves.

UCF’s host Temple next Saturday in another AAC matchup.