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Central Florida Blows Out SMU; Stays Atop American Conference

Justin Holman and Dontravious Wilson combined for four touchdowns as the Knights utterly destroyed the Mustangs

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

The University of Central Florida hosted a football game on Saturday that turned into a crime scene.

The victims were the Southern Methodist University Mustangs who lost 53-7 to their American Athletic Conference counterparts, the UCF Knights.

Dontravious Wilson got things started for the Knights (7-3, 5-1) in the first quarter, scoring on rushes of one and 11 yards, respectively. Quarterback Justin Holman increased the lead for the Knights, throwing two touchdown passes, to give his side a 27-0 lead at the end of the opening period.

The Mustangs (0-10, 0-6) finally responded to the Knights surge of scoring when Matt Davis scored on a five yard touchdown. But then, the Knights threw the hammer back down, scoring 26 unanswered points from there that was sparked by a 96-yard kickoff return from Michael Easton.

Holman finished the game with 228 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 22 attempts through the air, while the running game was paced by Micah Reed's 26 carries for 112 yards and Wilson's 15 carries for 80 yards and a pair of scores.

Although the Mustangs picked off Holman twice their defense still allowed 490 yards in the game and their offense made matters worse as they committed five turnovers and only converted four first downs.

For the Knights, the win keeps them tied atop the American Conference with the Memphis Tigers who are also 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference.

On Friday, the Knights will travel about 100 miles southwest to face in-state and conference rival South Florida. The Bulls are facing Memphis today and currently trail, 7-3.