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UCF routs SMU to extend nation’s longest winning streak to 18

UCF routs SMU to extend nation’s longest winning streak to 18

On a brisk evening of 83 degrees in Orlando, The UCF Knights extended the nations longest winning streak to 18 games with a 48-20 victory against the SMU Mustangs. The Knights were led by a balanced attack offensively. Running back, Adrian Killings followed up a career-high 141 total yards last week with a 113-yard rushing performance against the Mustang and accounted for the game’s first touchdown. The sophomore from nearby Daytona Beach established himself early rushing for 46 yards on the opening drive. UCF starting quarterback McKenzie Milton passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns. The junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, tossed TD passes of 14 yards to Dredrick Snelson in the first quarter and 30 yards to Tre Nixon on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Knights, 5-0 this season, jumped on the Mustangs early and had a 21-3 lead by the end of the first quarter. UCF’s up-tempo offense knocked the SMU defense down early and it was a knockdown they could never recover from.
SMU gave the undefeated Knights one of their toughest games last year with UCF winning by only seven points, but tonight’s game was never in doubt. SMU got the ball first and went down immediately and put three points on the board but the Knights responded with 21 consecutive points to take an 18-point lead to the second quarter. It was a lead that proved to be insurmountable for the Mustangs.

The #12 ranked Knights look to once again move up in the polls. With #5 LSU and #6 Oklahoma both losing yesterday, there is a good possibility the Knights will move up into the top 10. It took the Knights the entire season last year just to get to #12. Five weeks into this season they are already knocking at the door of the number 10 spot so their chances of making the four-team playoff this year are much better. Additionally, two future opponents, South Florida and Cincinnati could both be undefeated when they play them. You have to think that if the Knights can finish undefeated again this season that there’s no way they can’t be shut out of the four-team playoff
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