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Top 25 Games of the Year: #16 - UCF Football Holds off Temple’s Challenge

Knights and Owls put on a fireworks show on a Thursday night

McKenzie Milton showed no ill effects from missing the previous week in the Knights’ win over Temple.
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The 9th-ranked UCF Knights hosted the Temple Owls on Thursday, November 2nd in a game where the winner would be in control of first place of The American’s East Division.

The game marked the return of quarterback McKenzie Milton, who sat out the previous game at East Carolina. Milton would go 17 of 33 for 312 yards and three touchdowns, but UCF got locked into in a shootout, trailing Temple at the half, 34-28.

The game featured 92 points and 1,300 yards of total offense, but in the end, UCF outlasted Temple 52-40 at Spectrum Stadium, and never let go of first place in the division.

The win extended the Knights’ win streak to 21, which was the longest in the country, as well as scoring 30 or more points in a game in 21 straight games. The win also made it 12 straight home victories for UCF.