UCF Offense On Pace to Rewrite School Record Books

Knights' offensive assault

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UCF receiver Tre'Quan Smith celebrates a touchdown reception against Memphis. (Photo: Derek Warden)

Let’s take a peek at the UCF record book and see where the 2017 UCF offense stacks up against historic Knights teams of the past through the first four games, shall we?

A little note: UCF has played four games this year, so for the sake of mathematical simplicity, I’m extrapolating the season totals to 12 games, which of course would include UCF’s 11 regular season games (the Georgia Tech game was canceled) plus one post-season game, ostensibly a bowl game. Obviously, if UCF makes the American Athletic Conference Championship Game, that would be 13 games, and some more of those total yardage or TD records could fall. So just bear with me here.

One more note: UCF didn’t play the fourth quarter against Cincinnati this past weekend, so any way you look at it, we’re down 1.25 games this season.

And still this is what we’re looking at:

Team Offense

Category  # 12-gm Pace Record Year Record Pace?
Points per game 47.5 37.3 1992 YES
Total points 190 570 502 2007 YES
Total yards 2133 6399 5763 2007 YES
Total yards/game 533.3 487.7 1998 YES
Yards/play 8.0 6.67 1998 YES
Touchdowns 25 75 67 2012 YES

Rushing

Category # 12-gm Pace Record Year Record Pace?
Rush yards 889 2667 3287 2007 No, but in 2nd (2626 in ’10)
Yards/rush 5.8 4.91 2007 YES (!)
Rush yards/game 222.3 234.8 2007 No, but solid 2nd (187.6 in ’10)
Rush TDs 11 33 41 2007 No, but tied for 3rd (2012)

Passing

Category # 12-gm Pace Record Year Record Pace?
Pass yards 1244 3732 3837 2002 No, but close if we play 13 games
Pass yards/game 311 342.8 1998 No, but 3rd (308.3, ’01)
Yards/attempt 11.0 9.1 2013 YES
Pass TDs 13 39 31 2002 YES

Now let’s look at some individuals:

QB McKenzie Milton

Category # 12-gm Pace Record Year Record Pace?
Completion % 68.32% 73.6% 1998 (Daunte Culpepper) No, 4th (68.2%, Bortles ’11)
Pass yards 1165 3495 3770 2002 (Ryan Schneider) No, 4th (3086, Culpepper ’97)
Yards/attempt 11.53 9.4 2013 (Blake Bortles) YES
Yards/completion 16.88 15.6 1992 (Darin Hinshaw) YES
TD passes 13 39 31 2002 (Ryan Schneider) YES
Passer Rating 203.72  170.24 1998 (Daunte Culpepper) YES

WR Tre’Quan Smith

Category # 12-gm Pace Record Year Record Pace?
Yards/reception 22.47 21.8 1986, Bernard Ford YES
TD receptions 7 21 14 1992, Bret Cooper YES

One more for good measure:

RB Adrien Killins

Category # 12-gm Pace Record Year Record Pace
Yards/rush 9.2 6.5 2016, Adrien Killins (!) YES

NOTE: UCF is playing East Carolina this Saturday, and they stink on defense. So we’ll be keeping a close eye on these numbers as the week – and the season – continues.

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Jeff Sharon is the Managing Editor, Publisher, and boss around here. He graduated from UCF in 2005 and worked in the Knights’ athletic department full-time from 2008-2010. He still works for UCF as a public address announcer at several sporting events and also thinks the Atlantic Sun Conference days were more fun than you realized. Follow him on Twitter at @Jeff_Sharon.