History was made Saturday afternoon when UCF visited Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in an American Athletic Conference matchup. The Golden Knights goes to 6-0 for the first time in school history and defeated the Midshipmen 31-21  in a thrilling contest.

With the victory, the Golden Knights enter next week’s game against Austin Peay with a chance to improve to 7-0 on the 2017 season. Not many could’ve predicted this impressive start by Scott Frost’s bunch, but UCF has certainly been one of the most entertaining teams in college football.

”Heck no. I lost a year off my life tonight,” Frost said about the big win. ”You need close games because you need to see how your kids experience those situations, but they’re not fun. It was stressful.”

Last week’s 63-21 victory over East Carolina was going to be hard to follow up, as UCF entered Saturday’s contest as the highest scoring team in college football at just over 50 points per game. Though the Golden Knights were held 19 points below their season average, Frost’s offense was able to move the ball up and down the field against Navy’s defense.

UCF’s offense racked up 483 yards in comparison to Navy’s 419 and the Golden Knights were able to amass yards with balance. Quarterback McKenzie Milton had another solid outing completing 15-of-23 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown. Milton also added 47 yards rushing on the day.

There was the usual cast of characters contributing to the offensive output, with Adrian Killins Jr. rushing for 122 yards on 15 attempts and scored two touchdowns. Wide receiver Otis Anderson also stepped into the backfield and rushed for 56 yards on nine carries.

“It was a great feeling to see all that space in front of me,” Killins Jr. said. “My coaches put that scheme in practice. The offensive line did a great job blocking that.”

The AAC has only two teams left undefeated with I-4 rival USF being the other. The Bulls improved to 7-0 after defeating Tulane 34-28 on Saturday night. UCF hosts Austin Peay for a 5 p.m. kick next weekend and then goes on the road on Nov. 4 to face Southern Methodist University.

 

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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