Another game, another dominating performance by the UCF Knights offense. In what we knew would be a lopsided matchup, the Knights were able to dismantle the East Carolina defense in their 63-21 victory. The 63 points scored ties the single-game record set in 2001 against Liberty. Heading into week 8, #UCFast ranks #5 in offensive yards per game (547) and #1 in points per game (50.6).
McKenzie Milton continued his All-American worthy season by throwing for 324 yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 78% of his passes. He stays in 2nd place behind Baker Mayfield for passer rating (203.6) and yards per attempt (11.6).
The passing game produced some big plays including a 37-yard catch from Tre’Quan Smith, a 42-yard catch from Cam Stewart and a 48-yard touchdown catch from Jordan Akins on the first drive of the game. Otis Anderson also played a big role catching 7 passes for 76 yards. The most impressive catch of the game may have been from defensive lineman Jamiyus Pittman who caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the 1st quarter.
5 different Knights scored a touchdown on the ground as carries were spread pretty even throughout this deep group of running backs. Special teams and defense contributed to the scoring as well with a 50-yard pick 6 by Tre Neal and a 66-yard punt return touchdown by Mike Hughes.
East Carolina was able to pull a few big passes and runs against the UCF defense, but the Knights were able to hold them in check allowing 347 yards and 21 points in total.
The announced attendance was 40,287 (91% capacity), which is a season high for UCF. Despite cracking the top-25, the Knights have yet to have a sell out this season through 3 home games. Sell out or not, the students came out in force, which was great to see.
The Knights are back in action this Saturday at 3:30 against Navy. It will be the first time in history that these two teams will meet. UCF moved up to #20 in the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll while Navy dropped out of the rankings after losing to #25 Memphis. The Knights might be in for their biggest test of the season as they face off against Navy’s triple-option offense.