June 1, 2023

The UCF Knights reigned victorious over the Florida Gators at the Gasparilla Bowl Thursday night.

The game ended in a score of 29 to 17.

More than 63,000 fans packed the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to see these two teams play today.

Gators QB Emory Jones, last time playing in a Gators jersey, keeps the ball himself until he’s taken down. Advertisement

The Gators will slowly creep up to the end zone. Jones finds Kemore Gamble to help move the chains for this Gator’s team.

And Florida will find themselves leading this game after Jones gets the ball into the hands of Dameon Pierce.

The Gators will lead 7 to nothing early in the game but that might have just been the spark that the Knights needed because they will return with an answer themselves.

Knights’ Mikey Keene gets to Johnny Richardson for a 38-yard fun and down to the Florida 34 for the first down. Richardson will bring all the speed and power in the game.

And Isaiah Bowers, back after missing a few games for the Knights this season due to injuries will rush in for the touchdown. That was just one of two touchdowns for Bowers in this game.

“It’s insane just being in this position that I am right now. I’m just super blessed to be in this position. My family, my teammates, my coaches, I’m super blessed to have them in my life and support me as well,” UCF QB Mikey Keene said about the win.

The Gators will be following interim head coach Greg Knox, but they do have a new leader, Billy Napier, who will be taking over as head coach next season.

“It’s pretty exciting. I feel as if he might have something to bring, being a younger coach. Someone’s who’s younger is gonna work harder to produce a quality team. I think he might be able to bring that,” Florida Gators fan Bobbie Reborn said.

The Knights looked to make a special statement during this game.

They finished the season 5 and 1 in their last six games with freshman Mikey Keene leading the pack.

UCF fans are also eager to see what head coach Gus Malzahn can do next year.

“I feel like he’s done a pretty great job. He’s built a good foundation. Unlike the last few coaches we’ve had, I don’t think he’s gonna leave anytime soon,” said UCF Knights fan Jack Orchard.

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