ORLANDO, Fla. -- Central Florida jumped out to a 23-0 halftime lead, and then held off a second-half rally to beat Florida International 33-20.
Blake Bortles threw for 251 yards and two TDs for UCF (2-1).
Darian Mallary had 71 yards rushing and scored twice for FIU (1-2).
UCF was up 23-0 at halftime after Bortles threw TD passes of 4 yards to Billy Giovanetti and 16 yards to Rannell Hall. Brynn Harvey added a 4-yard scoring run, and J.J. Worton had a 10-yard scoring reception from Jeff Godfrey for the Knights' only TD in the second half.
FIU, which had only two first downs and 26 yards total offense in the first half, rolled up 280 yards and 20 points in the final two quarters. Mallary scored on runs of 28 and 4 yards and Kedrick Rhodes caught a 5-yard scoring pass from quarterback Jake Medlock.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.