Bortles shines for UCF in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Bortles shines for UCF in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
December 21, 2012, 11:12 pm
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Ball State tight end Dylan Curry (40) is upended by Central Florida linebacker Jonathan Davis (11) during the first quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in St Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Bortles threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth to lead Central Florida to a 38-17 rout of Ball State in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl on Friday night.

Bortles threw first-half TD passes of 7 and 5 yards to Latavius Murray, who also scored on a 2-yard run to help the Knights (10-4) win their final game as a member of Conference USA.

Ball State (9-4) was hoping to finish with at least 10 wins for the third time in school history, however its high-powered offense sputtered while being held to a season-low point total.

Keith Wenning threw a 7-yard TD pass to Willie Snead early in the second quarter, but the Cardinals didn't get into end zone again until Snead scored on a 16-yard reception with 5 minutes remaining.