Heavy runs the cross-pollination between FIU and UCF, especially out of the Liberty City-North Central Miami-Dade area.
Six players on the two rosters graduated from Miami Northwestern High: sophomore quarterback E.J. Hilliard, senior center Donald Senat, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury and redshirt sophomore wide receivers Clinton Taylor and Dominique Rhymes for FIU and redshirt junior offensive lineman Torrian Wilson for UCF.
UCF pulled four players from Miami Central High: senior wide receiver Jeff Godfrey, redshirt junior wide receiver Josh Reese, redshirt junior defensive back Jamar McClain and redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Miles Pace. All of them played at Central with FIU fifth-year senior wide receiver Jairus Williams.
All three wide receivers who caught passes for UCF in the first three quarters came from Miami-Dade County: Godfrey, Rannell Hall (Carol City) and J.J. Worton (Homestead South Dade).
Rhymes left the game with what appeared to be a shoulder or wrist injury after diving for a second-quarter pass. Rhymes missed the 2012 season with a wrist injury sustained during training camp.
Four players — redshirt freshman guard Trenton Saunders, fifth-year senior outside linebacker Derrick Jones Jr., senior safety Mitch Wozniak, junior college transfer Randy Harvey — made their first starts for FIU a week after 13 players did so against Maryland.
The first three were the result of injuries sustained last Saturday by, respectively, redshirt junior Jordan White; sophomore Davison Colimon; and redshirt junior Demarkus Perkins. Harvey started in place of academically ineligible Richard Leonard.
Redshirt freshman Jordan Davis, redshirted last season with a knee injury, got into his first action in the third quarter, taking Wozniak’s place.
NFL scouts from New Orleans, Oakland, Kansas City, Tampa Bay and the Jets took in the game. Also present: former Florida State quarterback Danny McManus for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger Cats, for whom former FIU wide receiver Greg Ellingson is third in the CFL in receiving yards.
UCF QB streaking
UCF quarterback Blake Bortles extended his streak of passes without an interception to 217, the longest current streak in the NCAA. Bortles left the game after three quarters for freshman Justin Holman.