UCF’s John Rhys Plumlee makes history with dominant seven-touchdown performance


The NFL’s Thursday night game wasn’t giving anybody an offensive showing on Thursday night – UCF quarterback John Rhys Plumlee kept it all to himself.

But in the process, he also made school history in their 70-13 win over Temple.

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Central Florida quarterback John Rhys Plumlee warms up for the team’s NCAA college football game against Temple, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Rhys Plumlee scored seven total touchdowns against the Owls on Thursday, and became the third person in UCF history to record at least three passing touchdowns and three rushing scores.

The other two: McKenzie Milton in 2018 and Daunte Culpepper 20 years prior, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

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.

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)

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For context: the Washington Commanders and Chicago Bears combined for just three points in the entire first half of their game on Thursday. The Bears entered the night having scored just eight offensive touchdowns in their first five games.

Four of Rhys Plumlee’s touchdowns were through the air, as he completed 18 of his 22 passes for an incredible 373 yards, averaging 20.7 yards per completion. 

Kobe Hudson caught two of those touchdowns, while Ryan O’Keefe caught the other two. The duo combined for 11 catches for 232 yards. 

O’Keefe made a 68-yard reception, while Hudson’s longest of the night went for 64. O’Keefe also returned four kicks for a total of 112 yards, including a 51-yard return.

Central Florida quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, left, celebrates a 1-yard touchdown run against Temple with offensive lineman Samuel Jackson (73) and wide receiver Stephen Martin (47) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.

Central Florida quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, left, celebrates a 1-yard touchdown run against Temple with offensive lineman Samuel Jackson (73) and wide receiver Stephen Martin (47) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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UCF moved to 5-1 on the year. while the Owls dropped to 2-4.

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