ORLANDO, Fla. -- Blake Bortles threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as the No. 21-ranked Central Florida Knights annihilated winless Connecticut 62-17 on Saturday.
Bortles completed 20 of 24 passes for 286 yards for UCF (6-1, 3-0) before taking a seat one possession into the second half. The four touchdown passes were a career-high for the Knights quarterback. Jeff Godfrey, who lost his starting position to Bortles two years ago, caught two touchdown passes from his successor and a third from backup Justin Holman.
Storm Johnson added two touchdowns, one a 10-yard run and the other a 7-yard pass from Bortles. J.J. Worton caught the last Bortles touchdown pass, one of six receptions for a career-high 119 receiving yards.
UConn (0-7, 0-3) quarterback Tim Boyle had just the opposite kind of day. Boyle was 7 of 21 for 47 yards and two interceptions before giving way to Casey Cochran in the middle of the third quarter. Cochran got his first career touchdown pass, a 46-yard strike to Brian Lemelle at the start of the fourth quarter and finished the day 7 of 11 for 95 yards.
UCF dominated the game from the opening kickoff, scoring on all seven first-half possessions, while outgaining the Huskies 338-90. Bortles was 19 of 23 for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the half and the Knights didn't punt.
UCF had scoring drives of 75, 80 and 49 yards in the first period alone. Storm Johnson started the scoring with a 10-yard burst to finish off a seven-play, 75-yard drive that included a 16-yard run by Bortles. The UCF quarterback, who normally runs as a last-ditch option, scrambled 10 yards for a touchdown on the next possession, converting a third-and-goal opportunity in the process. He reverted to customary form on the next drive, tossing a 7-yard scoring pass to Johnson that made it 21-3 with 13 seconds left in the first quarter.
UCF all but handed the Huskies their only touchdown of the half with a series of mistakes that started when reserve lineman Stanley Sylverain mistakenly touched a UConn punt and Elijah Norris recovered at the Knights 24-yard line. The Huskies needed seven plays, including a fourth-and-one conversion and a roughing the passer call, before Lyle McCombs scooted through the middle of the UCF defense for a nine-yard scoring run.
Things quickly got out of hand from there. UCF scored four times in the final eight minutes of the second quarter, aided by interceptions from Troy Gray and Sean Magg.
Shawn Moffitt started things with a 50-yard field goal and Rannell Hall followed it with a 17-yard run. Bortles took over from there, hitting Jeff Godfrey with scoring passes of 10 and nine yards, the last coming with 47 seconds left in the half.
Bortles then completed a 62-yard scoring pass to Worton on UCF's second offensive play of the second half to tie set a new personal best for touchdown passes in a game. He sat out the rest of the game.
NOTES: UCF quarterback Blake Bortles has been sacked just four times in the last six games after being sacked four times in the season opener against Akron. UConn quarterbacks have been sacked 33 times. ... UCF is 6-1 for the first time since the 1998 team started the season 7-1. ... UConn LB Yawin Smallwood, the third-leading tackler in the country with 12.8 a game, had a season-low two tackles in the game.