AAC Football

UCF runs win streak to 23 with 38-13 pouncing of Cincinnati

UCF breezes by #24 Cincinnati 38-13.

The national spotlight was on in Orlando Saturday with ESPN’s College Gameday in the house for the first time ever. UCF did not disappoint their audience.

The UCF Knights once again showed unbelievable resiliency after giving up a touchdown to Cincinnati’s defense on their very first offensive play from scrimmage. From there, they completely dominated the Cincinnati Bearcats in a showdown at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando. They ran their record to 10-0, 7-0 in the AAC, and clinched the East division. With the win, they are back in the conference championship game for the second straight year.

UCF starting quarterback McKenzie Milton threw for 268 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to help No. 11 UCF remain unbeaten and extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 23 games with a 38-13 rout of No. 19 Cincinnati on Saturday night.

Milton overcame a sack at the goal line which resulted in that Cincinnati Bearcat touchdown on the first offensive play from scrimmage. He went on to perform like the Heisman candidate that he is and lead the #11 UCF Knights to their first win of the season against a top 25 ranked opponent.

He went on to complete 13 of 25 passes, including TDs of 17 yards and 42 yards to Adrian Killins and 36 yards to Tre Nixon.

The Bearcats took a quick 6-0 lead were unable to build on that lead after missing a field goal and having another one blocked which set up a UCF touchdown. The Knights offense got into a rhythm in the second half of the first quarter propelling UCF to their 23rd consecutive game with at least 30 or more points.

As for the UC Bearcats, they head back to Cincinnati with a chance to finish second in the division and now the Bearcats are back in the national spotlight after only winning four games a year ago in their first season under coach Luke Fickell. They were beaten soundly Saturday night. Still, the future appears bright considering they have an underclassman-laden roster that includes 35 true freshmen.

As for poll implications, UCF looks to move up from number 11 as number 9 ranked West Virginia lost Saturday at Oklahoma State. We will see if that pans out as critics will tell you that they may not deserve a chance at the college football playoffs because of the strength of schedule.

Last year, UCF finished the regular season ranked number 12 by the playoff committee and with a chance to go into next week’s game at South Florida ranked in the top 10, there is a lot to look forward to for the UCF faithful.

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