Continuing the country’s longest winning streak is something UCF plans to continue all throughout this 2018 campaign and against Pittsburgh they left no doubt. The Knights, who were coming off a 56-36 victory over Florida Atlantic last week, got the offense rolling early versus the visiting Panthers.

The always dependable McKenzie Milton had himself a day and threw for 328 yards and tossed four touchdowns, leading UCF to a dominant 45-14 win over Pittsburgh (2-3) Saturday afternoon at Spectrum Stadium. The Knights (4-0) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games with the victory. UCF will host Southern Methodist University next weekend before going on the road for two straight games.

Milton didn’t just do it with his arm, but he was effective running the ball as well. The signal caller ran the ball 10 times for 51 yards and scored twice. He wasn’t alone in the rushing department, with running backs Greg McCrae (10 carries, 61 yards), Bentavious Thompson (7 carries, 49 yards) and Adrian Killins Jr. (12 carries, 40 yards) all joining in on the action.

UCF’s defense answered the bell against Pittsburgh’s offense and held the Panthers to 272 yards of offense and just 17 first downs. The Knights were able to amass 568 yards and 32 first downs on the day. Randy Shannon’s optimistic group kept the pressure on Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, and held him to 163 yards passing and an interception.

The scoring barrage began early on for UCF, with Milton scoring on a 5-yard run with 6:52 left in the opening quarter. Later in the period, Milton connected on a 24-yard touchdown to wide receiver Gabriel Davis, who had four catches for 80 yards.

Milton’s favorite target, though, was the speedster Killins Jr., who caught just three passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Killins ended the evening with a 46.7 yards per catch average. The No. 13 ranked Knights will wait until tomorrow evening and see if the victory is enough to vault them into the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

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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