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Holman Stands Out as UCF Beats BYU 31-24 in OT

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Justin Holman throws for 326 yards and two touchdowns as two botched kicks bring on overtime.

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UCF quarterback Justin Holman had a breakout game, completing 30-of-51 passes for two touchdowns Thursday night, as the Knights edged BYU 31-24 in overtime.

Holman’s 4-yard touchdown pass to running back William Stanbeck in the first overtime proved to be the difference, as BYU quarterback Christian Stewart was subsequently unable to complete a fourth-down pass to Jordan Leslie in the end zone, ending the game.

UCF kicker Shawn Moffitt had two failed go-ahead field goal attempts in the fourth quarter, the second of which, a 50-yarder, was blocked after a botched snap led to a second attempt in the final seconds of the game.

Stewart, starting in place of Taysom Hill, completed 22-of-38 passes for three touchdowns — though those 22 completions only went for 153 yards.

UCF’s surprising defense held BYU to 342 total yards, though they were equally balanced (189 yards rushing). UCF was only able to muster 63 yards on the ground, though Stanbeck, who rushed for 80 yards on 16 carries, proved to be the hero.

UCF had four turnovers in the game, two coming from Holman interceptions.

UCF moves to 3-2 on the season, as BYU lost its second in a row — the Cougars are now 4-2. The Knights will host Tulane on Oct. 18