Behind 519 yards of total offense, the UCF football team improved to 9-0 on the season with a 49-24 victory over UConn on Saturday at Spectrum Stadium. The No. 12/14 ranked Knights topped 500 yards of total offense for the sixth time this season.
The Knights flew out of the gates with touchdowns on four of their first five drives. Otis Anderson, who finished with nine carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs, strolled into end zone on a three-yard run to open the scoring. Adrian Killins Jr. notched his eighth rushing touchdown of the season with a four-yard scamper on UCF’s second drive. Quarterback McKenzie Milton, who, finished the day with 311 yards on 24-of-36 passing with a pair of touchdown strikes, found Marlon Williams with a four-yard touchdown toss to make it 21-3. Milton then hit Tre’Quan Smith with a 41-yard touchdown strike midway through the second quarter.
The UCF defense forced a pair of UConn turnovers. With the Knights leading 14-3 in the first, Tony Guerad jumped on a loose ball at the Huskies’ 13-yard line to set up the Black and Gold’s third touchdown. Mike Hughes picked off his third pass of the year with a diving effort to halt a Husky drive late in the second quarter. The Knights were in the UConn backfield throughout the afternoon with a trio of sacks, four quarterback hurries and five tackles for-loss
After the game Coach Frost shared, “Anytime you can win in this league, it’s a good win. I told the team after I’m amazed and proud of what they’ve accomplished. It’s hard to be 9-0. It’s also an interesting feeling when you come off and not everybody is elated, because they know we didn’t play quite our best as a football team. It’s awesome when you get a win when you don’t quite play your best. But I think our guys understand we are going to have to be at our best in upcoming weeks, so we’re looking forward to getting back to work.”
The Knights will hit the road for their final regular season game away from Spectrum Stadium with a Noon kickoff against Temple in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 18.