PHOTOS: UCF Football 2018 Home Opener

In front of 43,269 fans — the second-largest home-opening crowd in school history — UCF moved to 2-0 on the season with a 38-0 victory over South Carolina State on Sept. 8 at Spectrum Stadium. The Knights recorded their first shutout in two years as they extended their nation-leading winning streak to 15 games. (Words by Jenna Marina Lee. Photos by Nick Leyva '15.) (10 photos total)

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    1UCF's spirit squad leads the March to Victory down East Plaza Drive on the way to Spectrum Stadium.

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    2UCF's Marching Knights set the tone on the March to Victory.

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    3Prior to kickoff against South Carolina State, Josh Heupel (center) runs out of the tunnel with the Knights at Spectrum Stadium for the first home game of his career as head coach.

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    4Knightro calls for cheers from the crowd before back-flipping off a surfboard.

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    5Wide receiver Tre Nixon wrestles the ball away from a South Carolina State defender in a highlight-reel-worthy play.

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    6Defensive lineman Titus Davis celebrates with his teammates after coming up with a stop.

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    7Running back/wide receiver Otis Anderson scored one of the Knights' five touchdowns against the Bulldogs.

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    8“Game ball to the student section. That’s absolutely fantastic, walking out to that at the first home game. That’s the best student body section I’ve seen anywhere I’ve been for an opener. Appreciate the energy and atmosphere that they created inside of that place. We’re going need that from them as we continue to go down the schedule," says UCF Head Football Coach Josh Heupel.

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    9Following their win, the Knights moved up in the national polls to No. 18.

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    10With each score, the Knights enjoyed celebrating their 38-0 win throughout the game.