Steven Moffett was sitting at home watching the UCF-Rutgers game on TV Thursday night. He saw UCF quarterback Blake Bortles connect for several pass completions in the first two quarters, but he had no idea of their significance.
Entering the game, Bortles sat seven pass completions behind former UCF quarterback Moffett on the Knights all-time career list. Bortles tied the mark, going 7-fot-7 in the first quarter as UCF sprinted out to a 21-0 lead. His second pass of the second quarter put him past Moffett, pushing the former Winter Park star to No. 5 on the all-time UCF career list, as Bortles moved into the No. 4 spot.
“No, I didn’t know that … that darn Bortles,” Moffett said, jokingly when reached by phone at his Winter Park home during the second quarter. “I was [No. 4]? I didn’t even know that, but he’s doing a great job, obviously. He’s doing his thing out there, putting on a show every game.”
Still sitting ahead of Bortles and Moffett on the UCF list are Daunte Culpepper at No. 1 with 889 career completions, followed by Ryan Schneider (840) and Darin Hinshaw (614). Not bad company for a player who only started 22 games during his UCF career and spent some time in the George O’Leary doghouse.
“Yeah I could have had more if Coach O’Leary hadn’t kept taking me out. He’d get mad at me and say, ‘Come over here and stand by me for three weeks,’ ” Moffett laughed.
The rocky relationship between O’Leary and Moffett was well documented, but Moffett still has fond memories of his UCF time. He still jokes about his clashes with O’Leary.
Moffett, whose last UCF season was 2006, is also No. 5 on the all-time UCF list for pass attempts (860), No. 6 in career yards (6,199) and No. 5 in TD passes (41).
“I had seen the record book before, but I figured he had passed me a long time ago,” Moffett said of Bortles, who had passed Moffett in most other passing categories with the exception of pass attempts. Bortles had 769 heading into the Rutgers game.
“But yeah, it feels great to be in that company. Looking back, I guess I had an all right career.”
He has enjoyed watching Bortles climb from anonymity.
“Yeah, Blake, he’s a good player and I’m proud of him,” Moffett said. “When I first saw him come to UCF, I could just see the difference in his confidence. He knew he could play, but when he came in it was all about Godfrey.”
Speaking of Jeff Godfrey, now a junior receiver for the Knights, he sits at No. 10 on the all-time UCF completion list with 321 and he is ninth on the all-time list for passing yards with 4,095.
“It’s good for Blake that he stuck to it and got his chance to play and it’s not a question anymore who the guy is on that team.”
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