Friday nights are usually reserved for high school football, but the UCF Knights take over for revenge.
UCF hosts the Louisville Cardinals at Bounce House Friday night. The Cardinals won their 2021 meeting on a late interception returned for a touchdown. This game also saw quarterback Dillon Gabriel leave early with a broken collarbone, ending his season.
Gabriel is now in Oklahoma. The replacement in Orlando this season is John Rhys Plumlee, a transfer from Ole Miss who threw for five touchdowns in his UCF debut against South Carolina State.
Louisville is coming off a 31-7 loss to Syracuse.
Follow Daytona Beach News-Journal reporter Chris Boyle’s updates below.
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8 p.m. | Isaiah Bowser runs for TD; UCF, Louisville tied
UCF needed very little time to react after Louisville’s first touchdown.
John Rhys Plumlee and Javon Baker connected for two key conversions in third position, and Isaiah Bowser struck in a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 7.
Bowser, who now has three touchdowns this young season, was one of five UCF starters to leave last year’s game with Louisville injured.
Ryan O’Keefe had the most explosive play of practice, breaking away for a 27-yard run.
7:45 p.m. | Tiyon Evans gives Louisville an early 7-0 lead over UCF
Malik Cunningham and the Louisville offense methodically marched down the field and sucked the life out of the Bounce House in the opener of the game.
The Cardinals capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with Tiyon Evans’ 7-yard TD to the belly.
Cunningham, who struggled in last week’s loss to Syracuse, looked as dangerous as he did a year ago against UCF. He went 3 of 3 for 45 yards and rushed for 26 yards to erase a potentially troublesome offensive pass interference call.
UCF will receive the ball with just over 10 minutes left in the first quarter for their first practice, down 7-0.
7 p.m. | Stephen Martin announced as WR starter for UCF
The starting lineup announced by UCF includes an interesting switch at the wide receiver.
Stephen Martin, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound redshirt sophomore, joins Ryan O’Keefe and Javon Baker in the receiving corps. That would leave out Kobe Hudson, one of the Knights’ most high-profile additions to the transfer portal.
Hudson, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior, led Auburn in 2021 with 44 catches for 580 yards and four touchdowns. He was held without a hold in last week’s win over South Carolina State.
Martin played in seven games last season, recording one reception for 14 yards.
6:00 p.m. | Rain passes as UCF and Louisville heat up
The teams are on the field for the first warm-ups and thankfully the afternoon showers in East Orlando have temporarily calmed down.
UCF will be without receiver Amari Johnson (ankle) for the second straight game. There’s been no change to the Knights’ depth chart since their 56-10 opener win over South Carolina State.
As for Louisville, 247Sports reported that senior nose tackle Jermayne Lole is expected to miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury. Lole, a 6-foot-2, 320-pound transfer from Arizona State, hasn’t played at all in 2021 due to a triceps injury.
In the previous three seasons for the Sun Devils, Lole had 123 tackles (20 for loss), 11 sacks and eight pass breakups.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with temperatures in the mid-70s and only a 20 percent chance of precipitation after 8 a.m., according to AccuWeather.
Where and when will the UCF Knights play the Louisville Cardinals?
Where: FBC Mortgage Stadium, Orlando
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
How can I watch UCF Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals on TV, streaming?
Direct: ESPN+, WatchESPN app
How can I listen to UCF Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals on the radio?
Radio: 96.9 The Game
Online Radio: iHeartRadio, TuneIn
What is the last betting line for UCF Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals?
UCF is a 5.5 point favorite over Louisville according to Oddsshark.com, a betting odds aggregator. The over-under for UCF-Louisville is 61.5 points.