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No. 17 UCF survives turnovers, hangs on to beat South Florida 23-20

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    South Florida running back Marcus Shaw (20) is tackled by Central Florida linebacker Terrance Plummer (41) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold MatayThe Associated Press

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    Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles (5) is pressured by South Florida defensive lineman Aaron Lynch (19) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold MatayThe Associated Press

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    South Florida quarterback Mike White (14) drops to throw under pressure from Central Florida defensive lineman Demetris Anderson (94) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold MatayThe Associated Press

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    Central Florida running back William Stanback (28) avoids the tackle of South Florida linebacker Tashon Whitehurst (51) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold MatayThe Associated Press

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    South Florida quarterback Mike White (14) is sacked by Central Florida defensive lineman Thomas Niles with help from defensive lineman E.J. Dunston (95) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold MatayThe Associated Press

Breshad Perriman scored on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles late in the fourth quarter to give No. 17 UCF a 23-20 win over South Florida Friday night, keeping the Knights on course for a conference title and BCS bid.

The Knights won despite committing five turnovers, including three by Bortles.

UCF (10-1, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) secured at least a share of the conference title. A victory against SMU next week will give it the title outright and the Knights' first bid to the BCS.

USF (2-9, 2-5) had a final chance to win or send the game to overtime, but a late interception by freshman quarterback Mike White ended its hopes.

The Bulls came into the game with just nine offensive touchdowns on the season, but had a pair rushing scores.