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Blake Bortles had three touchdown passes and threw for a career-high 314 yards as UCF blew past Akron 38-7 on Thursday night. Storm Johnson added 99 yards rushing and two scores as the Knights won their eighth consecutive season-opener and second straight over the Zips. It was the first 300-yard passing game of Bortles' career and the first by a Knights' quarterback since 2009. Akron dropped its 10th straight game, dating back to last season. The Zips put pressure on Bortles, but never got traction on offense and had a pair of turnovers. Akron also struggled on third down in the first half (2 of 6) and failed to keep UCF's secondary off balance despite its hurry-up attack. Just about everything went right for the Knights in their first outing of the season. Bortles found three different receivers for scores in a first half that saw the Knights punt on only two of their six possessions. The junior quarterback survived a near disaster when he was stripped as he drew his arm bac...
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