If back to back losses to end the 2016 regular season didn’t sit well with UCF fans and first year coach Scott Frost, then Saturday’s night blowout loss to Arkansas State in Orlando at the Cure Bowl was definitely “barf bag” worthy.
The Red Wolves blocked a punt for a touchdown four minutes into the game and eventually built a 17-0 advantage late in the first quarter and never looked back in a 31-13 win.
Arkansas State QB Justice Hansen (above) threw three TD’s all to WR Kendall Sanders, including a back breaking 75 yard TD early in the 4th quarter:
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) December 18, 2016
For his part, Sanders was named Cure Bowl MVP tallying 5 catches for 127 yards.
UCF showed some life after falling behind 17-0, as QB McKenzie Milton led two scoring drives for a TD and then a field goal for a 17-10 halftime deficit. But after the Hansen to Sanders bomb above they never got any closer.
Milton finished with 175 yards passing before being replaced by veteran QB Justin Holman who could not spark a Knight comeback late.
Arkansas State finishes a remarkable turnaround season where they were 0-4 but ended up winning 8 of their last 9 games. UCF finishes a disappointing 6-7.