In what may have been UCF's most complete win of the season, the Knights absolutely dominated the Pitt Panthers, walking away with a 45-14 victory. Despite numerous fake injuries by Pitt (similar to what we saw against FAU), there was nothing the Panthers could do to stop UCF on either side of the ball.
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The McKenzie Milton Show
In the last two games, KZ is 39/66 with 634 yards passing, 132 yards rushing, 7 passing touchdowns and 5 rushing touchdowns. Tonight was the second consecutive game he accounted for 6 total touchdowns. This time, he threw for 4 and rushed for 6.
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi on McKenzie Milton: "He's got my vote for the Heisman."— Luke Sarris (@LukeSarrisSBN) September 30, 2018
This was the best performance by Randy Shannon's defense so far this season. The Knights held the Panthers to just 272 total yards which is less than they had against Penn State. Pitt averaged just 3.3 yards per cary on 109 total rushing yards which are both season bests allowed by UCF. The secondary continued to shine as Richie Grant snagged his 3rd pick of the season, helping increase UCF's turnover margin to +7.
My boys balled out today!!— Richie Grant (@rgrant1525) September 30, 2018
Next Man Up
UCF was without starting linebacker Eric Mitchell and star receiver Dredrick Snelson due to injury. Nate Evans, who started in place of Mitchell, lead the team in tackles with 11. With Snelson on the sidelines, Otis Anderson saw extended playing time at wide receiver. It paid off with a 13 yard touchdown catch in the 4th quarter.
UCF was explosive on offense and dominant on defense. From start to finish, they were in complete control of this game. It was promising to see huge improvements with tackling and run defense, two areas they struggled with in the first 3 games. There isn't a team in the country who can beat UCF when they play like they played today.