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UCF pounds Pitt 45-14, extends nation’s longest winning streak to 17

UCF pounds Pitt 45-14, extends nation’s longest winning streak to 17

As I crossed the Orange County Line today on my way to Spectrum Stadium in Orlando to cover the UCF Knights versus Pittsburgh Panthers game I began to realize we were in for an extra hot Central Florida afternoon.  As temperatures soared to the upper 90s and lower 100’s in the heat index the UCF Knights offense got off to an equally hot start.

The Knights scored touchdowns on each of their first two possessions to get off to a quick 14-0 start en route to a 31-7 halftime lead. UCF starting quarterback, McKenzie Milton, threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns and ran it into the end zone for two more. The Junior from Kapolei, Hawaii has 12 touchdowns in his last two games, and in the process passed Blake Bortles for number four at UCF in career touchdowns. Milton has once again solidified himself as a Heisman candidate after suffering a lackluster outing in the Knight’s opener against South Carolina State.

Running back Adrian Killins, Jr., scored on a 71-yard reception and had a career-high 141 total yards.

With the combination of the Central Florida heat and the Central Florida Knights offense, the Pittsburgh Panthers began to melt in the second quarter. Multiple substitutions were being made by the Panther defense on just about every play and it was clear that the elements of this day were a huge factor in terms of fatigue and exhaustion on Pitt’s side of the football.

Within the first three minutes of the second half, the Knights scored and made it a 38-7 lead in route to a 45-14 victory. As the game wore on the Pittsburgh defense wore out.

The UCF Knights (4-0) owners of the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games have now scored 30 or more points in all 17 of those games and they accomplished that today before the end of the first half.

“Great team win” UCF coach Josh Heupel said. “I thought our defensive line dominated the football game. Special teams were really solid. Offensively I thought we did a really good job adjusting in the run game.”

As for poll implications, UCF (4-0), moved up from #16 after a victory against Florida Atlantic to #13. They should once again rise in the polls.

In other action tonight there will be two games that feature top 10 teams playing against each other so the Central Florida Knights most likely will be knocking on the door of the top 10 when the polls come out next week.

Next Saturday, UCF will have an opportunity to take advantage of the extended summer in Florida and once again have the extreme Central Florida heat to their advantage as they host SMU next Saturday at 7:00 at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando.

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