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#16 UCF takes down FAU by a score of 56-36

UCF Knights charge on to the field prior to their game against the South Carolina State Bulldogs. (Photo: Derek Warden)
UCF Knights charge on to the field prior to their game against the South Carolina State Bulldogs. (Photo: Derek Warden)

People have been talking about this game for months and it turned out to be just as exciting as we expected. This offensive shootout where FAU once lead 17-14, ended with the Knights coming away with a 56-36 victory.

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Highlights

Turnover Machine

This was UCF's third consecutive game forcing at least 3 turnovers. In an offensive shootout, these are the key moments that change the momentum of a game. Tonight's turnovers were all interceptions by all 3 starting linebackers. The Knights turnover differential this season is +6 which is now tied for best in the nation.

#HIsman

It was no secret that McKenzie Milton struggled in UCF's last game, throwing 3 interceptions against South Carolina State. Tonight, we saw KZ return to form with a monster 6 touchdown performance (3 passing, 3 rushing). He was 21 of 32 for 306 yards through the air with 81 yards on the ground. There were still a few balls under thrown but there's no doubt he was the x-factor tonight.

Knight Nation is heuped

Last year I had written an article about the attendance woes for UCF. Scott Frost even said that some of his staff were upset at the lack of attendance. Lets be clear, that has not been a problem so far this year. Each of the last 4 games at Spectrum Stadium (going back to the USF game in 2017) have had more than 41,000 fans in attendance. Tonight was on the brink of a sellout.

Final Thoughts

This was a convincing win against a very good FAU team. Lots of people expected this to be a trap game but UCF did what they do, pushing their win streak to 16 games. The offense clicked, the defense made plays when they needed to and the crowd was phenomenal. You can't ask for much more.

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