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Battle of Florida: Gators vs. UCF in Gasparilla Bowl

December 5, 2021 GMT
Central Florida defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) sacks Connecticut quarterback Steven Krajewski (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Central Florida defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) sacks Connecticut quarterback Steven Krajewski (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Central Florida defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) sacks Connecticut quarterback Steven Krajewski (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

UCF (8-4, American Athletic) vs. Florida (6-6, SEC), Dec. 23, 7 p.m. ET

LOCATION: Tampa, Florida.

TOP PLAYERS

UCF: DE Big Kat Bryant, all-AAC first-team selection, team leader with six sacks, 14 tackles for loss and eight quarterback hurries.

Florida: QB Emory Jones, led Florida in passing and rushing, 2,563 yards passing, 19 touchdowns; 696 yards rushing, four touchdowns.

NOTABLE

UCF: Knights first-year coach Gus Malzahn has qualified for a bowl game all 10 of his seasons as a college head coach.

Florida: The Gators were a top-10 team in early October before losing five of seven that led to the dismissal of coach Dan Mullen. It took a 24-21 rivalry win over Florida State on the season’s final weekend to secure a bowl game.

LAST TIME

Florida 42, UCF 0. (Sept. 9, 2006).

BOWL HISTORY

UCF: Fifth appearance in the Gasparilla Bowl and ninth postseason trip in the past 10 years.

Florida: First appearance in the Gasparilla Bowl, 48th postseason game in program history.

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