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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Lack of Offense, Penalties, and Turnovers Doom Knights in Cure Bowl Loss

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:09

The UCF Knights (6-7; 4-4 AAC) lost in embarrassing fashion Saturday night to the Red Wolves of Arkansas State (8-5; 7-1 SBC) in Orlando during the second annual Cure Bowl, televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. The loss sealed UCF’s 2016 season as a losing one. As reported by the American Athletic Conference:

Justice Hansen threw three touchdown passes to Kendall Sanders to help Arkansas State beat UCF 31-13 on Saturday night in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Hansen and Sanders hooked up for touchdown strikes of 12, 75 and 17 yards, but the biggest plays of the night came from the Red Wolves’ special teams. They scored on a blocked punt and produced two turnovers that were turned into touchdowns. Hansen completed 12 of 26 passes for 205 yards.

The Red Wolves (8-5) sealed the victory when they went up 31-13 on Sanders’ 17-yard scoring reception early in the fourth quarter. That touchdown was set up after UCF returner Chris Johnson mishandled a punt and it was recovered by Logan Moragne at the Knights 37. The tone for the special teams was set in the first quarter when Johnston White broke through the line to block Caleb Houston’s punt and B.J. Edmonds fell on the ball in the end zone to put the Red Wolves ahead 7-0 in the first 4 minutes. The Red Wolves took a 17-0 lead over the Knights (6-7) in the first quarter after a UCF fumbled kickoff return set up Hansen’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Hansen.

UCF freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton and the offense couldn’t get much going. Arkansas State’s defensive front controlled the line of scrimmage and kept Milton off balance throughout. Milton completed 22 of 39 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown. Check out video highlights of the game below, courtesy of ESPN, by clicking the URL below:

UCF Knights Fall to Arkansas State 31-13 in 2016 Cure Bowl

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