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UCF Knights Rush Past Memphis Tigers to Improve 3-0

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Head Coach Scott Frost has preached that his team needs to run the football at a high level in order to get the results that they have wanted at the end of the season. On Saturday night, the University of Central Florida Knights ran for the most yards since 2011 as they defeated the Memphis Tigers by the score of 40-13.

The Knights ran for 350 yards as a team and they used their team speed to make the game difficult for the Tigers. Adrian Killins broke the game open with a school-record 96-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Knights a 23-7 lead. Killings took an inside handoff, got to the Memphis secondary, and he was off to the races.

“Once I got to the second level, I knew I was going to score.” -UCF Running Back Adrian Killins on when he knew he was going to score

Killins finished with 115 yards on nine carries and he led the team with five catches for 64 yards and a receiving touchdown as well.

“AK [Adrian Killins] might be the fastest player in the country.” -UCF Head Coach Scott Frost

But it was not just Killins that helped dominate the ground attack, Taj McGowan had 63 yards on 12 carries, but did most of his damage on the opening series as he ran for 41 of the yards and capped off that drive with a one-yard touchdown on 4th and goal. That drive was UCF’s longest one of the season as they went 17 plays and 93 yards which gave the Knights a 6-0 lead. Even though the Tigers would respond with a Patrick Taylor rushing touchdown to give them the lead, Memphis wouldn’t score again until the final play of the game.

The UCF defense was impressive again as they forced four turnovers and made the Tigers fail on two fourth down conversion attempts. They forced one of the best quarterbacks in the conference, Riley Ferguson (321 passing yards), to throw three interceptions, they sacked him twice, broke up 6 of his passes and hurried him the same number of times.

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton threw for 253 yards and three touchdown passes in the game. He also contributed 88 yards on the ground and outside of the interception he threw in the second quarter, he played a pretty flawless game. Outside of the touchdown pass to Killians, he threw two additional ones to Tre’Quan Smith.

UCF is now 3-0 and will travel to Cincinnati next Saturday to take on the Bearcats at 8pm. They will return home to play East Carolina on October 14th at Spectrum Stadium in another American Conference matchup.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter:

  • UCF – McGowen 1-yard TD run (2 point conversion missed) 6-0 UCF
  • Memphis – Taylor 2-yard TD run (extra point good) 7-6 Memphis

2nd Quarter:

  • UCF – Wright 28-yard Field Goal, 9-7 UCF
  • UCF – Killins 96-yard TD run (extra point good), 16-7 UCF
    • Killins set the school record for longest TD run in school history (Previous Record: 89 yards Killins/Kevin Smith)
  • UCF – Milton to Smith 34-yard TD pass (extra point good), 23-7 UCF

3rd Quarter:

  • UCF – Milton to Killins 19-yard TD pass (extra poing good), 30-7 UCF

4th Quarter:

  • UCF – Milton to Smith 25-yard TD pass (extra point good), 37-7 UCF
  • UCF – Wright 35-yard FG, UCF 40-7
  • Memphis – Fergurson to Coxie 14-yard TD pass (extra point not attempted), UCF 40-13

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Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | info@floridanationalnews.com

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