Big 1st half lifts No. 21 UCF past UConn 62-17

Connecticut safety Andrew Adams, right, breaks up a pass intended for Central Florida wide receiver Jeff Godfrey (2) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Blake Bortles threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 UCF routed winless Connecticut 62-17 on Saturday.

Bortles completed his first eight passes of the game and ended his day early in the third quarter, connecting on 20 of 24 for 286 yards.

The junior ran for a TD as the Knights (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) scored on their first nine possessions of the game. They remain the favorite to claim the league's BCS berth.

UConn's offense was anemic throughout and helped dig its own hole early, thanks to two first-half interceptions by freshman quarterback Tim Boyle. A Huskies' fumble in the second-half set up another UCF score.

The Huskies (0-7, 0-3) have lost eight straight games dating to last season.