The improvement of the UCF Knights was evident for the first half Saturday.

The distance yet to travel was clear in the second.

The Houston Cougars scored 28 straight points in the second half, taking a 31-24 comeback win over the UCF Knights. The Cougars outgained Central Florida by more than 200 yards (398-195) in taking the win.

Greg Ward Jr. threw for 240 yards in the comeback. UCF freshman McKenzie Milton threw for only 155 with two interceptions. Central Flordia managed only 40 yards on the ground.

UCF receiver Tre’Quan Smith had 13 catches for 137 yards.

UCF took a 21-3 lead on touchdown runs by Adrian Killins (six yards), Dontravious Wilson (one yard) and Jawon Hamilton (28 yards).

The Knights play Tulane next Saturday at 5 p.m. At Bright House Field in the start of a three-game homestand.

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