UCF Continues Its Dominance At Home And Beats UConn

The 18th ranked UCF Knights continue their home dominance and defeat UConn by the final score of 49-24.

The Knights were firing on all cylinders in the first quarter, scoring on all three drives in under four minutes of each possession.

They were creating havoc on the defensive side of the ball. They must have delivered 8-10 devastating hits that even the fans can fell.

However, even though they won this game convincingly, there were still some hiccups that the Knights need to address.

For instance, the Knights got called for 10 penalties which is a couple to many. Some were not so good calls, but the Knights must avoid those calls. They can’t let the referees dictate the game.

The offense between the second and third quarter only scored seven points and in the third, they didn’t score at all. It was the first time since the game against Maryland that the Knights were held scoreless in a quarter.

Defensively, they let UConn’s quarterback, David Pindell run around for most of the game. They allowed him to get 96 yards on the ground and a touchdown in the game. That is something the Knights must get fixed as they’ve been letting mobile quarterbacks get what they want the last couple of games and with Quinton Flowers coming to town in a couple of weeks in a must win game, that could be deadly.

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton (10) hands off the ball to running back Adrian Killins Jr. (9) in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Cincinnati. Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo.

There is a lot to like though as the Knights still managed to score 49 points in this game and a couple of players from the Knights stood out as well.

In the receiving game, Tre’Quan Smith caught seven passes for 120 yards and one touchdown while Gabriel Davis, a freshman, caught eight passes for 95 yards as well.

McKenzie Milton had another great performance, going 24-36, 311 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 52 yards and scored a touchdown on a read option play.

Otis Anderson had 84 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yard score which was after he fumbled the ball during the third quarter.

Anyone into special teams because UCF’s punter Mac Loudermilk delivered a huge punt that went for an impressive 69 yards.

With the win, the 18th ranked Knights move to 9-0 on the season and will continue to fight for a New Year Six Bowl entry. Their next game will be against Temple on the road.

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Anthony Abruzzo is a sports writer that covers the UCF Men's Basketball team. He is currently a student at UCF as well.