Year two of the Scott Frost era at UCF got underway Thursday night and sophomore QB McKenzie Milton’s brilliant first half led a 61-17 destruction of cross state opponent FIU.
All it took was 2:17 for the Golden Knights to open the scoring against the Panthers, and when Milton was done in the first half, the game was virtually over.
McKenzie Milton is 9 for 9 with 167 yards and 2 TD…
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) August 31, 2017
Milton actually completed 15 of his first 17 passes, as UCF took a 40-10 lead and was never challenged after that. He finished with 360 yards passing and four touchdowns.
UCF added another 148 yards on the ground as a team, and saw another four touchdowns come from four different players rushing. Many of the starters were pulled in the third quarter with the Knights on cruise control.
For FIU, It was Butch Davis’s first game back on the sidelines, as a college coach since 2010, when he was head coach of North Carolina. Davis previously made his mark in South Florida leading the Miami Hurricanes back to prominence in the early 2000’s. He left the Canes to be the coach/GM of the Cleveland Browns before resigning for health reasons.
He had spent the last two years as an ESPN TV analyst before jumping back into the college game.
FIU’s few bright spots came on big touchdown plays from the offense. Quarterback Alex McGough connected with Thomas Owens on a 75-yard touchdown pass and Napoleon Maxwell also scored on a huge 55-yard touchdown run. But, it obviously wasn’t nearly enough.
The Knights were coming off a finish to the 2016 season, where they lost their final two regular season games, including being routed themselves by rival USF. UCF, also lost their bowl game to Arkansas State. So, needless to say, Milton’s play and this blowout win to start 2017, has fans in Orlando excited.
Central Florida will host Memphis next week in Orlando for their first game of American Athletic Conference play.