There was no overlooking of Temple when UCF traveled to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday afternoon. With a chance to go 10-0 heading into this week’s rivalry game against USF, the Knights made a statement against the Owls.

With the offense producing on a weekly basis, it was UCF’s defense that closed the door on Temple. The Knights forced five turnovers, including picking off four passes, en route to a dominating 45-19 victory over the Owls.

UCF continues setting school records and moves to 10-0 for the first time in school history. The Knights will host the Bulls on Friday afternoon, with kickoff slated for 3:30 p.m. at Spectrum Stadium.

“I was a little worried about this game, being the game before the game,” UCF Scott Frost said. “Being in the cold, being our ninth straight week playing a football game. A lot of factors pointed toward this one potentially being a tough one and our guys responded.”

It was another stellar day from quarterback McKenzie Milton, who completed 16-of-23 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns. What was most impressive about UCF’s production on offense was ball protection, as the Knights didn’t turnover the football once on the day.

The Knights (10-0, 7-0) diverse offense had six different players score touchdowns on the afternoon, including wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, who had 89 yards receiving and one score. Smith said the team wanted to make a statement before the game even started.

“All right we got something for them if we come out in no shirts. Show them we’re ready to play,” Smith said about proving the Knights were prepared. “We show them we can play in the cold, too, even though we Florida boys.”

UCF linebacker Pat Jasinski led the Knights with five solo tackles and two assisted and when asked about Friday’s matchup, he reached into his inner Bart Scott.

“Can’t wait,” Jasinski said.

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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