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Monday, September 12, 2016

Knights Look for Bright Spots in Loss to Michigan

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 00:42


The UCF Knights (1-1; 0-0 AAC) went into The Big House at the University of Michigan Stadium on Saturday and battled hard against the #5-ranked Wolverines (2-0; 0-0 B10). And despite suffering what would appear to be a crushing 51-14 defeat, the Knights had some bright spots that indicate that score doesn’t fully represent the success UCF had on the field. The Knights amassed a total of 331 yards of total offense (more than any other team that visited the Big House in 2015) and put up more scoring points than the Florida Gators did playing Michigan in the Citrus Bowl last post-season. On his first and only carry, Freshman Adrian Killins tied a school record for the longest rushing touchdown in school history when he blazed down the field for a 87-yard touchdown. Punctuating quite an improvement on the field this season, UCF collected 472 yards against South Carolina State and Michigan, which is almost half of the 975 yards the team earned during the entire 2015 season. If the Knights rush for just 16 yards against Maryland Saturday, they will reach half of last season’s rushing total with nine games remaining in the regular season. “Jim Harbaugh’s teams are physical, that’s what they’re known for. We came in here and rushed for six yards a carry against them. I think they had 2.9 yards rushing [a carry,]” said UCF coach Scott Frost. “That tells me our guys are playing hard and fighting and that’s what I really wanted to see [Saturday].” The Knights will take on the Terrapins of Maryland (2-0; 0-0 B10) at home on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm and the game will be broadcasted nationwide on CBS Sports Network. Below, watch highlights of UCF at Michigan courtesy of ESPN:

Excerpts Courtesy Orlando Sentinel.

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