A canceled game against North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence combined with a somewhat lackluster performance versus South Carolina State the week before fueled UCF to impress in front of a national audience when they faced Florida Atlantic Friday night.

In McKenzie Milton’s last outing under center, the signal caller didn’t look like himself at all and ended up throwing three interceptions against SC State.

Last night, he looked to be right back in mid-season form.

The darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate had 387 total yards of offense and threw three touchdowns and ran for another three as the No. 16 Knights rolled by the Owls 56-36 at Spectrum Stadium.

With the victory, UCF improves to 3-0 on the season and will host Pittsburgh next Saturday. The Knights will get a full week to prepare for the Panthers before next weekend.

The Knights made sure to keep Owls’ running back Devin Singletary bottled up to a point, though the tailback still had a solid night running the ball. Singletary ended the evening rushing for 131 yards on 25 carries and scored three times. UCF had its own answer to Florida Atlantic’s dynamic rushing attack and that was to counter with a good dose of Milton.

Milton through the air was much more proficient compared to his last start, as the quarterback completed 21-of-32 passes for 306 yards and on the ground rushed for 81 yards on 13 runs. Running back Adrian Killins Jr. was the other primary ball carrier for the Knights, rushing for 66 yards on 16 carries.

The game was an overall shootout between the teams, with Florida Atlantic even taking a brief 20-17 lead in the second quarter. Josh Heupel’s team went into halftime with a 21-17 lead and never looked back. UCF was able to break the 50-point mark for the second time this season, with the other time being when the Knights defeated UConn 56-17 in the opener.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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