ORLANDO, Florida â€” No. 18 nationally-ranked Central Florida put up 21 points early and 21 more points late, but didnâ€™t do much in between Saturday in a 49-24 win over Connecticut.
UConn (3-7 overall, 2-5 American Athletic Conference) held high-powered UCF (9-0, 6-0) scoreless for more than 23 minutes in the middle of the game until Otis Anderson broke loose for his second touchdown.
Andersonâ€™s 65-yard run came just after the Knights had posted only their second scoreless quarter of the season.
â€śI think it speaks volumes about our team when weâ€™re not at our best and still win by 25 points,â€ť UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton said. â€śWe were just off.â€ť
The Knights came into the game averaging 48.5 points per game, the most in the nation. But after taking a 21-3 lead in the first quarter, they sputtered until their big fourth quarter.
The sputtering started with Andersonâ€™s fumble when they had a 28-10 lead, so he saw his game-breaking run as redemption.
He finished with nine carries for 84 yards, both career highs.
â€śMy game kind of went up and down and back up,â€ť he said. â€śI felt I had a good day.â€ť
Milton completed 24 of 36 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another touchdown. He entered the game second nationally in passing efficiency with a rating of 189.1.
Quarterback David Pindell was UConnâ€™s leading rusher with 96 yards, and he completed 18 of 31 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns
"Theyâ€™re a good football team,â€ť Edsall said. â€śI thought we gave ourselves a chance at 28-17 when we got that fumble.
â€śI thought that took the air out of them.â€ť
UCF is two games away from an undefeated regular season.
The Knights travel to Temple next Saturday before a November 24 home game against South Florida.
â€śI told the team after Iâ€™m amazed and proud of what theyâ€™ve accomplished. Itâ€™s hard to be 9-0,â€ť Frost said. â€śItâ€™s also an interesting feeling when you come off and not everybody is elated, because they know we didnâ€™t play quite our best as a football team.â€ť