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October 28, 2013

UCF-Houston to air in primetime

UCF's homecoming game against Houston on Saturday, Nov. 9 will kick off at 7 p.m. with national television coverage on ESPN2.

In the midst of a bye week, the Knights (6-1, 3-0 American) are currently ranked No. 19 in the AP Top 25 following this past weekend's 62-17 win against UConn.

Houston (6-1, 3-0 American), who hosts USF this Thursday, could prove to be UCF's biggest challenger for the American Athletic Conference championship. The Cougars, whose only loss was a one-point setback to BYU, have emerged as a darkhorse title contender after winning big at Rutgers, 49-14.

UCF holds an all-time 3-1 advantage vs. their former Conference USA rivals with each win representing a noteworthy achievement in program history:

In 2005, the 31-29 home win against Houston gave UCF their sixth win needed for bowl eligibility, which was cause for celebration because the Knights had finished 0-11 just a year earlier. UCF would go on to win the East Division of C-USA and make their first bowl appearance in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

In 2009, Houston came into Bright House Networks Stadium with a No. 13/12 national ranking and were knocked off 37-32, which was the Knights' first-ever win against a ranked team.

A year later in 2010, UCF prevailed in a back-and-forth Friday night game in Houston. The 40-33 win elevated the Knights to their first-ever national ranking as they debuted the following Sunday with a No. 23 slot in the Coaches Poll and No. 25 in the AP.

As the first Saturday night home game of the year, fans will be able to enjoy a full day of tailgating with the Gold Zone lots opening at 8 a.m.

In addition to the homecoming festivities, UCF has designated the game as "Military Appreciation Day."

From the press release:

A 1962 Vietnam era Douglas A-4C Skyhawk piloted by Dave Dollarhide will travel from north to south over Bright House Networks Stadium during the National Anthem in what will be one of the biggest games of the season for both teams.

Also on tap for Nov. 9

-Patrick Air Force Base Color Guard

-Mini American flags to the first 20,000 fans

-A Million Thanks - A year-round campaign to show our appreciation for our U.S. men and women in the military, pas and present, for their sacrifices, dedication and service to our country through letters, cards and prayers

-Fans can write thank you notes to military personnel serving - bring letters from home or complete a notecard at the game and they will be distributed to U.S. military personnel around the world

-Military stickers and lapel pins for active/retired/veteran personnel will be distributed in IOA Plaza

-Military vehicles and challenges in IOA Plaza

-Special halftime performance by the Marching Knights



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