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Friday, September 1, 2017

UCF Knights Open Season Strong with 61-17 Pummeling of FIU

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:51

The UCF Knights (1-0; 0-0 AAC) opened their season in a fierce fashion, laying down an absolute whipping on the Panthers of FIU (0-1; 0-0 CUSA).

The Associated Press reports:

ORLANDO, Fla. —  McKenzie Milton threw for four touchdowns and 360 yards, and Central Florida routed Florida International 61-17 in Thursday night’s season opener to spoil coach Butch Davis’ return to the field for the first time since 2010. Milton capped the opening drive with a 22-yard scoring pass to Jordan Atkins, and the Knights capitalized on an interception and a safety to lead 40-10 at halftime. Milton was 16 of 21, with TD strikes of 50 and 3 yards to Tre’Quan Smith and 13 yards to Gabriel Davis before he and many other starters were pulled in the third quarter. Four UCF rushers scored — Jawon Hamilton on a 16-yarder, Taj McGowan on a plunge, Cordarrian Richardson on a 10-yard run, and Greg McRae on a 6-yarders. FIU’s Alex McGough hit Thomas Owens on a 75-yard TD pass and Napoleon Maxwell scored on a 55-yard run. The Golden Panthers turned it over four times. It was Davis’ return to the sidelines after amassing a 79-43 collegiate head coaching record in 10 years at Miami (1995-2000) and North Carolina (2007-10).

The Knights return to Spectrum Stadium next Saturday and open conference play early against the Memphis Tigers (1-0; 0-0 AAC). Kickoff is set for 8:00pm and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN News Network.

Watch video highlights of the Knights’ win, courtesy of ESPN, below:


Photo Courtesy Orlando Sentinel.

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