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UCF erupts late over UConn

Sports Xchange

ORLANDO, Florida — No. 18 nationally-ranked Central Florida put up 21 points early and 21 more points late, but didn’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.

Anderson’s 65-yard run came just after the Knights had posted only their second scoreless quarter of the season.

“I think it speaks volumes about our team when we’re not at our best and still win by 25 points,” UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton said. “We were just off.”

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 Anderson’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.

“My game kind of went up and down and back up,” he said. “I felt I had a good day.”

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 UConn’s leading rusher with 96 yards, and he completed 18 of 31 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns

"They’re a good football team,” Edsall said. “I thought we gave ourselves a chance at 28-17 when we got that fumble.

“I thought that took the air out of them.”

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.

“I told the team after I’m amazed and proud of what they’ve accomplished. It’s hard to be 9-0,” Frost said. “It’s also an interesting feeling when you come off and not everybody is elated, because they know we didn’t play quite our best as a football team.”

 

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