ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With McKenzie Milton on best of his sport, No. 16 UCF assists in keeping rolling alongside.
The junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, ran for a career-best 3 touchdowns whilst throwing for 3 extra, serving to the Knights rally from a second-quarter deficit to stay unbeaten and prolong the country’s longest profitable streak with a 56-36 rout of Florida Atlantic on Friday night time.
“When things got a little shaky,” Milton mentioned, “we didn’t flinch.”
The 2017 American Athletic Conference participant of the 12 months finished 21 of 32 passes for 306 yards with out an interception. And the Knights (Three-Zero), who trailed 17-14 overdue in the second one quarter, received for the 16th immediately time to set a file for consecutive victories through an AAC staff.
“They’re a good football team,” Milton mentioned. “You’re not always going to be able to break (the game) open right away.”
Milton scored on runs of 12, Nine and 13 yards, the usage of a nifty leap minimize to steer clear of a defender and get into the top zone at the ultimate one.
Touchdown passes of 12 yards to Dredrick Snelson, 21 yards to Marlon Williams and 19 yards to Gabriel Davis hiked Milton’s profession general to 56 — tied with Blake Bortles for fourth-most in class historical past.
“Playing good teams, you’re going to have to use the QB run as well,” mentioned Milton, who completed with a team-high 81 yards speeding on 13 makes an attempt.
FAU (2-2) stayed shut for a part, however in the end could not stay tempo with the prolific UCF offense. Devin Singletary rushed for 131 yards and 3 TDs for the Owls, who completed with 320 yards at the flooring.
UCF led 21-17 on the part, letting a two-touchdown lead slip away and falling in the back of on a second-quarter box function.
That’s when Milton took over, transferring the Knights 78 yards in simply over a minute and connecting with Williams to position UCF forward for just right.
Chris Robison settled down after throwing an interception that resulted in UCF’s first landing and fed the UCF protection a gentle vitamin of Singletary. The Owls battled again through hanging in combination a few time-consuming scoring drives that stored Milton off the sector.
Singletary’s first landing completed an 11-play, 71-yard march. The Owls additionally held the ball for six mins, riding 54 yards to place Vladimir Rivas to kick a 32-yard box function for a short-lived 17-14 lead.
Robison was once intercepted thrice and completed 13 of 26 passing for 124 yards, together with a 23-yard TD throw to Kerrith Whyte overdue within the 3rd quarter.
Florida Atlantic: The Owls entered the season with hopes of operating their manner into the playoff dialog in December. Those aspirations had been dashed through a 63-14 loss at Oklahoma, however Friday was once a possibility to knock UCF off direction to be a part of the talk
UCF: Milton completed 8th in Heisman Trophy vote casting ultimate season, when he helped UCF move 13-Zero, together with a victory over Auburn within the Peach Bowl. He went four of four for 74 yards at the Knights’ go-ahead power after which ran for a couple of ratings within the 3rd quarter to construct the result in 35-17.
UCF moved up two spots within the Top 25 in spite of having an unscheduled bye week on account of Hurricane Florence, which pressured ultimate week’s sport at North Carolina to be canceled. Beating FAU would possibly not bolster the Knights’ case for a better score, however they may receive advantages if groups forward of them stumble.
LIGHTING IT UP
UCF, which completed with 545 yards general offense, has scored 30-plus issues in each sport all through its profitable streak. Meanwhile, Milton has thrown for a minimum of one landing in 17 immediately video games, courting to 2016.
Singletary has an excellent streak of his personal for FAU, scoring a speeding landing in 17 consecutive video games. The Five-foot-Nine, 200-pound junior scored 5 TDs in opposition to Bethune-Cookman and has 9 in 3 video games this season after scoring 32 a 12 months in the past.
Florida Atlantic: Conference USA opener at Middle Tennessee subsequent Saturday.
UCF: Hosts Pittsburgh subsequent Saturday in its ultimate nonconference sport.
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