2001 UCF Golden Knights Football Team
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2001 UCF Golden Knights Football Team
2001 UCF Golden Knights football
UCF Golden Knights logo.png
2001 record6-5
Head coachMike Kruczek (4th season)
Home stadiumCitrus Bowl
(Capacity: 65,438)
← 2000
2002 →
2001 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
South Florida           8 3  
Troy State           7 4  
UCF           6 5  
Notre Dame           5 6  
Utah State           4 7  
Connecticut           2 9  
Navy           0 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 UCF Golden Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. Their head coach was Mike Kruczek, who was in his fourth season with the team. The season marked the Golden Knights last season as an independent. In 2002, UCF joined the Mid-American Conference in the East Division, the first conference for the Golden Knights since ascending to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996.

On opening day, UCF traveled to No. 19 Clemson. The Tigers outlasted UCF, and won by the score of 21-13. UCF quarterback Ryan Schneider threw for 297 yards, but an ineffective rushing game was the difference in the game. UCF scored a touchdown with 8:09 left in regulation, but a missed extra point and a punt on their next possession allowed Clemson to run out the clock and preserve the win.[1] On October 13, UCF blew out Liberty 63-0, the largest shutout victory in school history.[2] The Golden Knights scored on their first six possessions, jumping out to a 42-0 halftime lead. In UCF's final game as an Independent school, the Golden Knights earned a 31-0 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in their second shutout of the year, and fourth blowout win since October. Finishing with a winning record of 6-5, UCF did not receive a bowl invitation.


The Citrus Bowl, the Knights home field.
September 11:00 pmat No. 19 ClemsonL 13-2181,482
September 812:00 pmat SyracuseSUNL 10-2135,938
September 223:30 pmat TulaneSUNW 36-2917,497
September 2912:00 pmat No. 8 Virginia TechSUNL 14-4653,662
October 66:00 pmUABCSSW 24-730,820
October 136:00 pmLiberty
  • Citrus Bowl
  • Orlando, FL
W 63-017,103
October 204:00 pmLouisiana-Monroedagger
  • Citrus Bowl
  • Orlando, FL
W 38-623,001
October 275:05 pmat Utah StateL 27-3016,135
November 36:00 pmAkron
  • Citrus Bowl
  • Orlando, FL
W 57-1715,779
November 102:00 pmat ArkansasL 20-2761,527
November 241:00 pmLouisiana-Lafayette
  • Citrus Bowl
  • Orlando, FL
W 31-012,264


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