Despite controlling most of the game, sacking Missouri Quarterback James Franklin five times and having a huge advantage in total yards and time of possession in the first half, UCF struggled in the 2nd half and lost to Missouri 21-16 in front of 35, 835 at Bright House Networks Stadium.
Miscues on defense and special teams unraveled for the Knights who sputtered on offense down the stretch in their bid to defeat their first Southeastern Conference opponent at home.
The Tiger’s Marcus Murphy returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown in the second half that gave Missouri the lead they would not lose again. Franklin was efficient, going 19 for 30 for 257 yards.
Kendial Lawrence added 104 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Tigers. It is another frustrating loss for Knight fans who been on this road before against schools from a BCS Conference.
Here are Post-game Reactions following the Knights loss.
Up next for UCF is a home game against East Carolina at 8pm on Thursday Night in Conference opener for both teams.