The UCF football team is headed to the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl.
UCF (6-3) will meet the BYU Cougars at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, in 30,000-seat FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, in the seventh edition of the postseason event.
The game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Tickets for the game are not currently on sale to the public. A limited public sale is expected at a later date, with pandemic protocols in place. The game has been approved for 20% stadium capacity.
UCF donors and season-ticket holders will receive information Wednesday, Dec. 9, from the UCF Ticket Office.
“We’re excited to continue our season in the Boca Raton Bowl — a great location for our fans and families to see us play,” says Danny White, UCF vice president and director of athletics. “Our football team in 2020 has been one of the most exciting to watch in the country, and the fact we will be playing in the postseason for a fifth consecutive year speaks to the consistency of our program.”
“Our football team in 2020 has been one of the most exciting to watch in the country, and the fact we will be playing in the postseason for a fifth consecutive year speaks to the consistency of our program.” — Danny White, UCF vice president and director of athletics
Adds UCF head coach Josh Heupel, “Our players and staff are excited to be in this bowl game. It gives our guys one more time to play together and gives us one more chance to go 1-0. We’ve done a lot of good things this year, and we look forward to this next opportunity.”
UCF will bring a team that currently ranks second in the nation in both total offense (585.6 yards per game) and passing (373.0 yards) while scoring at a 44.3-point-per-game pace. Both the total offense and passing yard figures are on track to be all-time UCF highs. The Knights also are second in the country in forced turnovers (22) and lead the nation with 13 fumbles recovered.
On an individual basis, UCF sophomore quarterback Dillon Gabriel ranks first nationally in total offense (387.9 yards per game), passing yards (3,353), passing yards per game (372.6) and stands second in touchdown passes (30).
“We are thrilled to extend an invitation to UCF to play in the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl,” says executive director Doug Mosley. “The Knights are an exciting team, featuring one of the top offenses in the nation. They’ve had a great season, and we’re looking forward to announcing an equally compelling opponent for them soon.”
The program-record fifth consecutive postseason bowl appearance for the Knights is also the eighth in nine seasons and the 12th in 16 years. UCF also previously played in the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1987 and in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 1990 and 1993.
2020 marks the third straight season under Josh Heupel the Knights have played in the postseason — following appearances two years ago in the Fiesta Bowl and last year in the Gasparilla Bowl. The Knights have played twice each in the Fiesta Bowl (following 2014 and 2018 seasons), Liberty Bowl (2007 and 2010) and St. Petersburg Bowl (2009 and 2014) and once each in the Hawaii Bowl (2005), Beef O’Brady’s Bowl (2012), Cure Bowl (2016), Peach Bowl (2017) and Gasparilla Bowl (2019).
This will be the sixth time UCF has played a bowl game in the state of Florida — after two appearances in the St. Petersburg Bowl and one each in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Cure Bowl in Orlando and Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa.
Recent previous UCF postseason appearances have produced record numbers in terms of television ratings. In 2018 UCF played in the top-rated game (LSU in the Fiesta Bowl) involving at least one AAC institution. In 2017 and 2013 UCF also played in the top rated-game (Auburn in the Peach Bowl and Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, respectively) among league members.