In a back and forth battle in the Lonstar State Saturday night, UCF was simply better when it mattered the most in a 31-24 win Saturday night at SMU. In doing so, the Golden Knights continued the best season to this point in school history at 8-0.
Once again, QB McKenzie Milton was his usual brilliant self with 412 yards passing and a TD. Plus, he had another 44 yards rushing, as the Knights moved the ball almost at will.
Also, Adrian Killins (above) was back at it with more explosive runs, as he scored from 34 yards in the second quarter. Then, he broke free and showed off his world class speed again here:
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Killins 64 yard scamper put UCF up 28-17 in the third and they never gave up the lead.
SMU was led by freshman QB Ben Hicks throwing for 283 yards and a TD, as they hung in for a chance to tie the game. Unfortunately for the Ponies, they had a crucial fourth down and two in the final five minutes that went awry. Hicks had an open WR Trey Quinn slanting over the middle, who would have had the first down and a lot more but dropped the ball. And, SMU turned it back over to UCF on downs.
However, UCF could not kill the clock and SMU got one last chance, but Hicks threw incomplete on third and fourth down in the final minute, as the Knights exhaled on defense.
UCF head coach Scott Frost did coach the entire game in Dallas despite his wife being overdue to deliver the couple’s first child back in Orlando anytime. Frost and the university had arranged a private plane for him to leave, if he chose, even while the game was still going on, but that wasn’t needed.
The Knights will now come home to play a poor UConn team next Saturday bidding to be 9-0.