Bortles throws 3 TDs, UCF tops Penn State 34-31

WILL GRAVES (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated PressSeptember 15, 2013
Bortles throws 3 TDs, UCF tops Penn State 34-31
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Penn State head coach Bill O' Brien , left, and Central Florida head coach George O'Leary greet each other at midfield before an NCAA college football game at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Blake Bortles passed for 288 and three touchdowns and UCF stunned Penn State 34-31 on Saturday night.

Storm Johnson ran for a career-high 117 yards and a score and added a touchdown reception as the Knights (3-0) beat a Big Ten team for the first time in school history. UCF never trailed, having its way against Penn State's defense to give the newly minted American Athletic Conference a shot of respectability.

Zach Zwinak rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns for the Nittany Lions (2-1) but also fumbled inside UCF territory with less than 6 minutes remaining, blunting a late Penn State rally.

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg completed 21 of 28 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown but the Nittany Lions couldn't quite catch the faster, sleeker Knights after spotting UCF an 18-point lead.