UCF vs. Georgia Tech called off

By Katherine Smith, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Monday, September 11, 2017, 4:27 PM EDT

For the second-straight week, UCF's football team will be sidelined.

The Knights have canceled their Sept. 16 game against Georgia Tech. In an official statement, UCF officials cited Governor Rick Scott's call for public universities to assist with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. 

"We're honored to host the National Guard and play a part in helping our community and state recover from Irma," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White. "On behalf of our student-athletes, athletics staff and fans, I promise the Knights will do everything we can to assist in recovery efforts."

UCF's game against Memphis on Sept. 8 was canceled because of Hurricane Irma's impending arrival. Now with the Georgia Tech game called off, the Knights will only play 10 games this season. The cancellation also shortens the Yellow Jackets season.

"We are in complete agreement with the decision," said Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury, who served as UCF's A.D. from 2012-15. "While we're disappointed for both teams' student-athletes, coaches and fans, recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma should be and is the top priority for UCF and the entire state of Florida at this time. We wish them the very best in their recovery efforts and look forward to meeting on the gridiron down the road."

Fans with tickets to the Sept. 16 game can contact UCF Athletics at 404-823-1000 for options.