If the University of Central Florida’s 56-17 thrashing of Connecticut to open the season didn’t open some eyes, but another big victory will do something to change the narrative. The Knights, whom have now not lost in 631 days, rolled to a solid 38-0 victory against SC State Saturday evening at Spectrum Stadium.

Everything wasn’t as easy as expected for UCF’s bunch, as quarterback McKenzie Milton threw three interceptions in the win. Though Milton had his errors in the passing game, the Knights did well in other phases. Adrian Killins Jr. rushed for a game-high 89 yards on just eight carries and scored two touchdowns.

The Knights will hit the road next week to face the University of North Carolina on the road in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels are currently 0-2 on the season and lost to East Carolina 41-19 yesterday on the road.

Despite not having the usual dominance in the passing game, the Knights made due with a dominant rushing attack, which churned up over 300 yards on the ground. Six running back recorded 30 yards rushing or more on the night.

”We’ve got a deep pool of backs all of whom have something a little bit different in their skill set,” UCF head coach Josh Heupel said about his deep backfield. ”But they all have some similar traits. They did a good job of going north and south.”

UCF’s defense played a major role in keeping South Carolina State’s offense in check, as the Bulldogs were held to 257 yards of offense and turned the ball over three times through the air.

With the win over SC State out of the way, the Knights shift their attention to next weekend’s game, which could be threatened by the direction of Hurricane Florence. Florence is forecasted to be heading up the coast of the Carolinas by next weekend.

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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