AKRON 0 0 0 7 7
UCF 14 10 14 0 38
Date of game: 8/29/2013

Recap: UCF vs. Akron

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Blake Bortles threw for three touchdowns and Storm Johnson scored twice on the ground as the UCF Knights registered a convincing 38-7 win over the Akron Zips in the 2013 kickoff for both schools at Bright House Networks Stadium.

Bortles converted 18-of-24 for 314 yards and shook off three sacks as he guided the Knights (1-0) to victory. Johnson carried the ball 20 times for a game-high 99 yards, the team coming up with 476 yards of total offense in the outing.

The Zips (0-1) struggled on both sides of the ball as quarterback Kyle Pohl hit on 16-of-21 attempts, but finished with just 98 yards and was intercepted once. Backup signal-caller Nick Hirschman converted two of his four passes, one of those going for a touchdown in the final minute of the contest to prevent the shutout.

Bortles and the UCF offense struck immediately, needing less than a minute to record a 91-yard TD pass play to Breshad Perriman. Later in the first quarter Bortles combined with Rannell Hall on a 19-yard scoring strike to make the score 14-0.

With just under seven minutes left in the half, Bortles capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a 39-yard TD pass to J.J. Worton. Just before the end of the second period, kicker Shawn Moffitt knocked through a 32-yard field goal to give the hosts a commanding 24-0 lead at the break.

Johnson tallied both of his touchdown runs in the third, first reaching the end zone on a nine-yard effort and then crossing the goal line from one yard out to push the lead to 38-0.

Hirschman put together a 10-play, 77-yard drive for the visitors late in the fourth, culminating with a 11-yard TD pass to Imani Davis, but that was the extent of the good news for an offense that was limited to a mere 250 yards.

Akron, which was last held scoreless by Ohio State in the 2011 opener, 42-0, is coming off a 1-11 campaign in 2012, the lone victory coming against Morgan State (66-6) in the third game of the season.

The Knights, winners of a 56-14 decision against Akron in last year's opener, posted a pair of shutouts a season ago, holding both Charleston Southern (62-0) and Memphis (41-0) scoreless.

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