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Monday, October 2, 2017

With Commanding Win Against Memphis, UCF Knights Enter Top 25 Rankings

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:17

The UCF Knights (3-0; 1-0 AAC) pounded the undefeated Memphis Tigers (3-1; 0-1 AAC) 40-13 Saturday in front of close to 35,000 fans who withstood the rain pelting Spectrum Stadium on the UCF campus to cheer on UCF to victory. The win not only marked another solid performance for the Knights, who defeated B10 opponent Maryland (3-1; 1-1 B10) last week 38-10, but also garnered them enough votes to land in the top 25 since 2013. The Knights came in at #25 on Sunday in both the AP and Coaches Polls. To recap the win against Memphis, the American Athletic Conference reports:

McKenzie Milton threw for three touchdowns, Adrian Killins Jr. accounted for two more scores and UCF beat Memphis 40-13 Saturday night in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Killins’ first touchdown, a 96-yard run, was the longest play from scrimmage in conference history. Milton was 19-of-31 passing for 253 yards and had 88 yards rushing on 11 carries. Killins finished with five receptions for 64 yards and a score and added nine carries for 115 yards.

Taj McGowan’s 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal capped a 17-play, 92-yard drive to open the game for UCF (3-0) but, after the Knights failed to convert the PAT, Memphis took a 7-6 lead when Patrick Taylor scored on a 2-yard run with 5:15 left in the first quarter. Matthew Wright’s 28-yard field goal made it 9-7 midway through the second quarter and provided the first of 34-straight UCF points. Riley Ferguson passed for 321 yards and a touchdown but threw three interceptions and lost a fumble for Memphis (3-1). The Tigers came in averaging 43 points per game. The Knights finished with 603 total yards, including 350 rushing.

Check out video highlights of the win, courtesy of the American Athletic Conference below. UCF travels to Cincinnati this weekend to take on the Bearcats (2-3; 0-1 AAC). Kickoff for that game is at 8pm. The matchup will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

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