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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

UCF Knights Catapulted to #25 in College Football Playoff, Coaches, and AP Polls after Defeating #20 Cincinnati

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

The UCF Knights (6-2; 3-1 AAC) skyrocketed into the Top 25 in both the AP and Coaches Polls after defeating the Bearcats of Cincinnati (6-2; 3-1 AAC) on Saturday in front of an at-capacity crowd of almost 46,000 fans at FBC Mortgage Stadium. But the real reward from the victory came on Tuesday when the College Football Playoff rankings were released. UCF found itself ranked at #25. The Knights now travel to Memphis to face the Tigers (4-4; 2-3 AAC) before heading to Tulane to take on the Green Wave, which also finds itself in the rankings at #19. Kickoff for the UCF at Memphis game is set for 3:30pm (EST). The game will be televised on ESPN2. The AAC reports on the Knights’ win against Cincinnati below:

RJ Harvey had a 17-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds remaining, sending UCF to a 25-21 win over No. 20 Cincinnati on Saturday.

Harvey’s go-ahead TD capped a seven-play, 75-yard march directed by Mikey Keene. The backup quarterback was 4 for 4 for 57 yards on the drive.

Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) took a 21-18 lead with 3:04 remaining. Ryan Montgomery scored on a 39-yard touchdown run, and the Bearcats added the 2-point conversion on a Ben Bryant pass to Tyler Scott.

UCF (6-2, 3-1) took a 10-6 lead into halftime on the strength of a 26-yard touchdown run by Harvey. The Knights added a safety in the third quarter when Josh Celiscar sacked Bryant in the end zone.

Cincinnati had won six in a row since a season-opening loss to Arkansas. Bryant passed for 298 yards and a touchdown, and Montgomery had a team-high 40 yards rushing on three carries.

Harvey had 18 carries for 84 yards for UCF. The Knights finished with 258 yards on the ground and 247 through the air.

Following a fumble recovery, Bryant threw a 14-yard touchdown to Josh Whyte to make it 13-12 at the end of the third quarter. Whyte’s TD capped a 10-play, 84-yard drive.

UCF quarterback John Rhys Plumlee was 7 of 11 for 71 yards when he was knocked out of the game late in the first half. He also rushed for 31 yards.

Outside of Montgomery’s touchdown run, the Bearcats couldn’t get anything established on the ground.

Keene’s experience from starting 10 games last year as a true freshman proved to be invaluable. He walked into a tough situation, but one he was familiar with. Keene put together his best drive of the day when the Knights needed it most and kept UCF in contention for the American Athletic Conference championship.

Check out video highlights of the game, courtesy of the AAC below:

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