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Monday, October 9, 2017

UCF Knights Rise to #21 in Rankings and Dismantle Cincinnati

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

The UCF Knights (4-0; 2-0 AAC) continued their rise in the Top-25 rankings this week, earning the #21 spot in the Coaches Poll and #22 in the Associated Press Poll. This comes on the heels of another UCF victory. The Knights destroyed the Bearcats of Cincinnati (2-4; 0-2 AAC), scoring on every offensive position. The final score was 51-23 with close to three quarters of play; the game was called due to weather.

Per the American Athletics Conference:

CINCINNATI — McKenzie Milton threw a career-high five touchdown passes — four in the first half — and Tre’Quan Smith scored four times Saturday night as No. 25 UCF rolled to a storm-shortened 51-23 victory over Cincinnati in the Knights’ first game as a ranked team since 2013. UCF (4-0, 2-0 American Athletic) has opened the season with four wins for the first time since 1988, when the Knights were in Division II. They failed to win a game two years ago, and then went 6-7 in coach Scott Frost’s first year.

Storms moved in with 4 seconds left in the third quarter and the game was called after a one-hour delay with more rain on the way. The Knights have dominated each game, outscoring opponents 190-63. Cincinnati (2-4, 0-2) has dropped three straight in Luke Fickell’s first season as head coach. The Knights moved into the top 25 with a 40-13 win over Memphis. They carried the momentum to the road by scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions and getting points all eight times they had the ball. Milton hit open receivers for touchdowns of 54 and 79 yards on the Knights’ first two possessions. The sophomore quarterback finished 16 of 19 for 374 yards with touchdowns of 54, 79, 21, 41 and 22 yards. Smith caught two TD passes, giving him six this season, and added his first career rushing touchdown.

Check out video highlights of the win below, courtesy of the American Athletic Conference:


Photo Courtesy Orlando Senitnel

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