Plumlee accounts for 7 TDs, UCF “Citronauts” rout Temple

Oct 13, 2022, 7:47 AM | Updated: 8:02 pm
Central Florida wide receiver Ryan O'Keefe (4) celebrates his 68-yard touchdown on a pass play agai...

Central Florida wide receiver Ryan O'Keefe (4) celebrates his 68-yard touchdown on a pass play against Temple with offensive lineman Samuel Jackson (73) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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              Temple coach Stan Drayton paces the sideline during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Central Florida, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Temple wide receiver Adonicas Sanders (5) and Central Florida cornerback Corey Thornton, right, grab each other's face mask after a Sanders reception during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. A penalty was called on Thornton. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Central Florida wide receiver Ryan O'Keefe (4) outruns Temple safety Elijah Deravil, left, for a 68-yard receiving touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Temple wide receiver Jose Barbon (10) is brought down by Central Florida cornerback Brandon Adams (31) after a reception during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Temple wide receiver Adonicas Sanders makes a reception in front of Central Florida defensive back Philjae Bien-Aime (46) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Central Florida quarterback John Rhys Plumlee looks for a receiver during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Temple, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Central Florida running back Johnny Richardson (0) runs past Temple linebacker Yvandy Rigby during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Central Florida quarterback Brock Hansel (16) runs for a 1-yard touchdown past Temple linebacker D.J. Woodbury (40) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Central Florida quarterback Thomas Castellanos, left, runs past Temple safety DaeSean Winston on a 37-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Central Florida wide receiver Ryan O'Keefe (4) celebrates his 68-yard touchdown on a pass play against Temple with offensive lineman Samuel Jackson (73) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — John Rhys Plumlee accounted for seven touchdown to match a program record and led UCF to a 70-13 rout of Temple on Thursday night.

Plumlee threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns and added another 37 yards on the ground with three scores. All three short-yardage touchdown runs and a 25-yard TD pass to Kobe Hudson came in the first half as UCF (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) jumped out to a 35-13 halftime lead.

Plumlee hit Ryan O’Keefe with touchdown passes that included a 68-yarder on consecutive drives early in the third quarter. Plumlee added a 64-yard TD pass to Hudson that stretched the Knights’ lead to 56-13 about midway through the third.

Hudson finished with four catches for 121 yards receiving and O’Keefe had seven for 111.

UCF put up 737 yards of offense while holding Temple (2-4, 0-2) to 293. It was the Knights’ sixth straight win against the Owls and the third game this season surpassing 600 yards of offense. It was also the Knights most yards of offense since gaining 798 against Memphis on Oct. 17, 2020.

The Knights honored their ties to the Kennedy Space Center, where roughly a third of its employees are UCF alumni, by rebranding as The Space U Citronauts for the game. They wore space-themed, all-black uniforms displaying a Canaveral blue “Space U” wordmark on the front of their jerseys. The Knights are 7-0 in spaced-themed games.

E.J. Warner completed 24 of 43 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown pass for Temple.

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