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Milton accounts for six TD’s as UCF extends winning streak

Milton accounts for six TD’s as UCF extends winning streak

On a hot humid September Friday evening in Orlando, and in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN, the UCF Knights ran the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games and improved their season record to 3-0 by beating the Florida Atlantic Owls by a final score of 56-36. The UCF Knights offense eclipsed 540 yards meanwhile, UCF quarterback and Heisman candidate McKenzie Milton was spectacular accounting for six touchdowns. He had three on the ground and three through the air. The junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, had a career night, a welcome sign for Knights fans who saw him throw for three interceptions in their last home game versus South Carolina state.

The game last night against in-state foe Florida Atlantic was a game of streaks and runs. UCF started the game by scoring the first 14 points. The Owls answered that by scoring the next 17. Then, UCF responded by scoring 21 straight giving the Knights a 35-17 lead. It was a lead the Florida Atlantic Owls simply didn’t have enough firepower to overcome.

During the 16-game winning streak, the UCF Knights have scored 30 or more points in each of those games. Defensively, the Knights gave up 36 points to the Owls, however, in clutch situations, they were able to come up with big stops. All three starting linebackers had an interception in tonight’s game and in a game that had an over-under of 76 points, you were certainly expecting a lot of points to be scored and that’s exactly what we got.

All in all, there is a lot to look forward to for Orlando’s hometown team. They are currently ranked 16th in the country and for the fourth consecutive week, they are the highest rated team in the state of Florida. This, in a state that has produced 11 out of the last 35 national champions in college football between Miami, Florida State and the University of Florida.

When the polls come out next week UCF will be the highest rated team in the State of Florida for the 8th time in the past 10 weeks. It may be time for people throughout the Sunshine State and throughout the country to realize that the Central Florida Knights are here to stay.

For the Florida Atlantic Owls, it’s back to Boca Raton and back to the drawing board. In their opening game against Oklahoma, they gave up 62 points and tonight in Orlando the gave up 56 more points. They certainly have their work cut out for them on the defensive end. After last year’s successful season, The Owls had expectations this year and with defensive performances like these, expectations will quickly dissolve.

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