A 47-yard field goal by Sam Ficken only temporarily halted UCF’s momentum. The Knights were driving to score yet again late in the half before Bortles made a rare mistake when Penn State cornerback Malcolm Willis gambled and leaped in front of a pass down the left sideline. Willis held onto the ball as he crashed to the ground. The interception was the first in 233 attempts by Bortles, snapping the longest active streak in the nation.
It merely served as a speed bump on a night UCF showed the AAC is more than just No. 7 Louisville and a bunch of nobodies.
Bortles hit Josh Reese for a 25-yard touchdown pass to put UCF 28-10 early in the third quarter and it proved to be just enough cushion.
Penn State got its act together behind Zwinak — who had little trouble when allowed to go north-south instead of east-west — and wide receiver Allen Robinson. The junior caught nine passes for 143 yards and a touchdown that drew Penn State within 34-31 with 2:57 remaining.
Bortles, however, hit Worton to convert a third-down on the ensuing possession and the Knights ran out the clock. Bortles tumbled to the ground in celebration on the final snap as the chants of "U-C-F" echoed throughout cavernous Beaver Stadium as fans walked out in stunned silence.