PHOTOS: UCF Beats Boise State to Kick Off Malzahn Era
The Knights pulled off a thrilling comeback win, 36-31, in the first meeting between the two programs.
By Jenna Marina Lee and UCF Athletics|September 3, 2021
The UCF football team’s first game of the 2021 season with new head coach Gus Malzahn turned out to be worth the wait.
After enduring a 2-hour-and-41-minute lightning delay that pushed back kickoff to 9:46 p.m., the Knights rallied to a 36-31 win in their long awaited matchup against Boise State.
The game technically stretched over two days to complete, wrapping up at 1:26 a.m. Friday in front of a still lively crowd in the stands to witness the victory.
The Knights overcame a 21-0 first-half deficit — matching a program record — and scored 23 consecutive points to earn the victory.
“I think the whole college football world saw it,” Malzahn said after the game. “You go down by 21-0 at home against a really good team and to fight back, keep believing, making plays and answering the bell again — they just kept doing it and you could feel it on the sidelines. There wasn’t any panic. I’m really proud of our staff too. Our staff did a really good job. Overall, it was a really, really quality victory that will help us moving forward.”