Live: Boise State 24, UCF 7; lightning delays kickoff, two Broncos out (2nd quarter)


Idaho Statesman 02 September, 2021 - 09:01pm 17 views

Why is Boise State UCF delayed?

— UCF Football's 2021 season opening game against Boise State has been delayed due to lightning in the area. ... Kickoff was scheduled for just after 7 p.m. at The Bounce House Thursday night. WFTV OrlandoUPDATE: UCF vs. Boise State kickoff delayed by lightning

Gardner Minshew wants revenge on his new head coach. The 25-year-old NFL quarterback and folk legend spoke with the media for the first time since being traded to Philadelphia and told a hilarious story from 2019.

The tale came from his most meaningful interaction with Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.

Minshew visited the Indianapolis Colts during the pre-draft process in 2019, where Sirianni was the offensive coordinator at the time. The two got to talking and the latter challenged the former to a game of H-O-R-S-E.

Things started getting competitive between the two. Perhaps a little bit too competitive, Minshew jokes.

Minshew, who was wearing a button down, decided to take off his shirt. It didn’t help, he earned all five letters, and Sirianni won.

Now, after reuniting with his former basketball opponent in Pennsylvania, Minshew is out for revenge.

“I’m back for revenge.” Gardner Minshew on how a game of H-O-R-S-E with Nick Sirianni left an impression.

— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) September 1, 2021

Sirianni has gained quite the rapport for being overly competitive. Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon even went so far as to call him “exhaustingly competitive.”

Whether it’s H-O-R-S-E, or chess, or blackjack, or rock-paper-scissors, Sirianni is going all-out. With Minshew calling him out, the stakes are only going to be higher for the rematch.

Although the showdown on the basketball court might be the most time they’ve spent together until now, Minshew and Sirianni are about to get very close. Minshew might only be the third-string quarterback in Indianapolis when the final roster is set, but his laidback, fun-having personality is about to be a prominent voice in that locker room.

Surely, after Minshew’s comments, the rematch is imminent. Can we get a live stream?

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Will the Gus Bus take UCF to the big-time? | Commentary

Orlando Sentinel 02 September, 2021 - 05:41pm

The Gus Bus pulled out of the terminal at UCF Thursday night and started its historic trek into “The Future of College Football.”

Those words — “Future of College Football” — are how new UCF football coach Gus Malzahn described his new program during his introductory news conference in February and what the Knights’ marketing department has spotlighted on billboards from Tallahassee to Gainesville to Miami and other select locations throughout the state during the offseason. Each billboard featured the miles from its location to Orlando as a way to tweak the big-boy programs in the state and send a message to their recruits that UCF is the place to be.

It was a brilliant marketing campaign that got UCF a lot of attention during the offseason, but the real season is here and Malzahn and the Knights must now start attracting attention on the field. Which is why Thursday night’s nationally televised 36-31 victory against Boise State was so much bigger and more anticipated than any UCF opener since former coach George O’Leary’s Knights opened the season and the new stadium against Texas in 2007.

Make no mistake about it, this felt more like a “Group of 5 Super Bowl” than a typical UCF home opener against FAU or FIU. Boise State put G-5 programs on the map all those years ago and continues to be one of the most respected non-Power 5 programs in the country. UCF, of course, watched its national profile skyrocket after those back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons in 2017-18 under former coaches Scott Frost and Josh Heupel.

When Frost took over, he pointed to Boise State as an example of what UCF could become someday even without the financial advantages of being in the Power 5. “You look at what Boise did for all those years, and they didn’t have those advantages,” Frost told me during his first season at UCF. “That’s where I see our program getting — a team that’s at the top of Group of 5 schools and competing against the best teams in the country year-in, year-out.”

Heading into this season, ironically, UCF and Boise State are no longer ranked among the G-5 elites. Cincinnati, which finished unbeaten during the regular season last year, is now the king of the non-Power 5 programs and is ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press preseason poll. In fact, there are three G-5 programs ranked in the top 25 — Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina and Louisiana-Lafayette — and none of them is named UCF or Boise State.

That’s why Malzahn’s hire was so crucial for UCF. After Heupel and former athletic director Danny White suddenly and shockingly left for Tennessee after the Knights had a subpar 6-4 record last season, UCF needed a coach with gravitas who would give the program an instant boost of credibility. When new AD Terry Mohajir pulled Malzahn out of his hat, the Knights were quickly back in the national spotlight.

Don’t kid yourself, if Heupel were still at UCF or the Knights had hired a little-known assistant coach like former UCF quarterback coach and Ole Miss offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, UCF would certainly not be featured on a new ESPN+ all-access documentary series. Entitled “Our Time: UCF Football,” the weekly episodes will premiere Thursday, Sept. 9 — and the only reason ESPN chose UCF is because Malzahn is a big-time coach from the SEC who is taking over a program that believes it belongs in the big-time as well.

“There’s tremendous interest in Gus Malzahn’s first season here at UCF, and this will be a perfect platform to view it up close and personal,” Mohajir says of the new ESPN documentary.

Obviously, there will be no shortage of story lines for ESPN to cover in the documentary, and many of those began to be unveiled Thursday night:

How would Malzahn’s up-tempo offense compare to the up-tempo offense of Heupel, who, despite the criticism he received from Knight Nation, had one of the top five offenses in the nation all three years he was at UCF? Last year’s mediocre record aside, UCF had the second-ranked offense in the nation (570 yards per game) and quarterback Dillon Gabriel led the nation in passing (357 yards per game).

How would new UCF’s new defensive coordinator Travis Williams go about improving on a unit that was one of the worst in the country last year, ranking last in the American Athletic Conference and 123rd in the nation?

How would UCF’s fan base respond without pandemic attendance restrictions but with the state seeing dangerous spikes in COVID cases because of the Delta variant?

Last night was only one game — the first game — of the Malzahn era.

The Gus Bus just pulled out of the terminal.

It will be a long journey before it reaches its final destination as “The Future of College Football.”

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