ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- The University of Central Florida Knights fell short against the South Carolina Gamecocks, with the game's final score being 28-25.
The Knights were in the lead for the first half of the game against the Gamecocks, only to fall behind in the second half. UCF led 10-0 at the start of the third quarter, but the highly ranked South Carolina quickly scored two touchdowns, taking the lead.
The Knights tried to bounce back after scoring a touchdown in the last few minutes of the close game, but it wasn't enough and South Carolina took the win.
Thousands of fans packed Bright House Networks Stadium for what many said was the biggest sporting event in the school's history. The game started off with a bang as UCF's Storm Johnson scored the first touchdown just minutes after kickoff.
The once-undefeated Knights faced the Gamecocks in the first UCF football game to hit network television ever.
Hundreds of people started setting up tents for tailgating as early as 7 a.m. Saturday. Many fans were still trying to find a ticket to the sold out game.
WFTV was there as more than 1,000 students stood in line in the pouring rain Friday night in hopes of getting a ticket to the game. The university gave tickets to students who watched the women's soccer team take on the University of South Florida. Another 1,000 tickets were given to those in attendance at the women's volleyball match, also on campus Friday.
"That ticket guarantees them to be one of the first 2,000 into the game," said James Gilmore of UCF Athletics.
Bright House Networks Stadium was filled to capacity for the game, officials said, with more than 45,000 fans filling the stadium. The last time a UCF home game sold out was in 2011.
"I think it's a big opportunity for UCF to get noticed," student Jordan Victor said.
Additional law enforcement personnel will be on hand to deal with big crowds and any issues that may arise throughout the day.