NCAAF Game Recap - Central Florida at South Florida
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:15 PM EST

Aub
21
Ala
52
F
SCar
35
Clem
56
F
ND
24
USC
17
F
Mich
39
OHSt
62
F
GATec
21
UGA
45
F
Okla
59
WVU
56
F
Wash
28
WaSt
15
F
UCF
38
SoFL
10
F
LSU
72
TxAM
74
F(6OT)
Tex
24
Kans
17
F
Fla
41
FlaSt
14
F
UtSt
24
Boise
33
F
MD
3
PSU
38
F
KY
56
Lou
10
F
BYU
27
Utah
35
F
Syr
42
BC
21
F
Ill
16
NW
24
F
MisSt
35
Miss
3
F
Pitt
3
MiaFL
24
F
K St
38
IASt
42
F
NIU
21
WestMI
28
F
Ball
21
MiaOH
42
F
ColSt
19
AF
27
F
Hou
31
Mem
52
F
Neb
28
Iowa
31
F
C Mi
13
Toled
51
F
Akr
28
Ohio
49
F
E Mi
28
Kent
20
F
Buff
44
BGSU
14
F
Ark
0
Mizzu
38
F
CoCar
28
SoAl
31
F
UVA
31
VaTec
34
F OT
ECU
6
Cin
56
F
Oreg
55
OreSt
15
F
Navy
28
Tul
29
F
Bayl
35
TxTch
24
F
W Ky
30
LaTec
15
F
Purd
28
Ind
21
F
Marsh
28
FLInt
25
F
NCSt
34
UNC
28
F OT
Wake
59
Duke
7
F
OD
13
Rice
27
F
GaSo
35
GASt
14
F
NMSt
21
Lib
28
F
Wyo
31
NM
3
F
Troy
10
App
21
F
ULLaf
31
ULMon
28
F
Stan
49
UCLA
42
F
SMiss
39
UTEP
7
F
UAB
3
MidTN
27
F
AzSt
41
Ariz
40
F
Minn
37
Wisc
15
F
SMU
24
Tuls
27
F
Temp
57
UConn
7
F
ArkSt
33
TxSt
7
F
Tenn
13
Vand
38
F
Rut
10
MSU
14
F
Char
27
FlAtl
24
F
SJSU
13
Fres
31
F
Colo
21
Cal
33
F
NorTx
24
UTSA
21
F
OkSt
24
TCU
31
F
Nev
29
UNLV
34
F
Hawaii
31
SDSU
30
F OT

Nov 23, 2018, 4:15 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(8) Central Florida (11-0)

7

10

7

14

38

South Florida (7-5)

0

3

7

0

10

No. 8 UCF remains unbeaten, but loses QB Milton in 38-10 win
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:03 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) McKenzie Milton's teammates crowded around the injured UCF quarterback, some kneeling in prayer and others offering comforting words.

"Our guys care deeply about everybody on our football team, and certainly McKenzie," coach Josh Heupel said after the eighth-ranked Knights rebounded from losing their leader to an apparent right knee injury to finish a 38-10 rout of intrastate rival South Florida on Friday.

"You could tell by their reaction, wanting to be over near him, by him, to support him. ... In that moment, it's hard," Heupel added. "I'm proud of our kids - just the resiliency to come back from something like that that happened and continue to play football. ... I'm proud of the way they finished the game."

Central Florida (11-0, 8-0, No. 9 CFP) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 24 and completed a second consecutive undefeated regular season.

Heupel would not confirm the nature or severity of Milton's injury. Still, it seems unlikely the junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, will play again anytime soon.

"Obviously, a traumatic injury. All of our thoughts and prayers are with him," Heupel said. "I'm not going to discuss anything right now until medically I get more information."

Milton, eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting a year ago, hurt his knee when he was tackled at the end of a 5-yard run in the second quarter. Darriel Mack Jr. replaced him and probably will make his second start of the year when UCF faces Memphis next week in the American Athletic Conference title game.

"We'll be ready to go play," Heupel said. "This is a team game. Again, everybody inside that locker room is thinking about McKenzie at this time. At the same time, we'll push forward and be ready to play next week."

Players from both schools, which are located about 100 miles apart via Interstate 4, kneeled on one knee while a cart was rolled onto the field and Milton received medical attention in front of the South Florida bench. The entire UCF squad left their sideline at one point to form a crowded circle around Milton, who was placed on the cart and taken to the locker room and later a nearby hospital.

Heupel said he didn't have a clear view of the play from the sideline.

"My immediate concern was one, his well-being. And two, his mental state as well," the coach said. "I told him I love him."

Before leaving, Milton completed 5 of 10 passes for 86 yards, including a 14-yard scoring throw to Gabriel Davis for a 7-0 lead. The Knights kicked a field goal on the first play after the quarterback departed to make it 10-0.

"You hate to see that happen to Milton because he's such a competitor," South Florida coach Charlie Strong said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him. I just hope he's able to make it back."

Mack got plenty of help from a talented supporting cast that includes Greg McCrae to make sure UCF finished the job. South Florida (7-5, 3-5) finished the regular season on a five-game losing streak, its longest skid since 2013.

McCrae scored on runs of 40, 39 and 31 yards, with the second of the three TDs re-establishing a 14-point after South Florida briefly pulled to 17-10 on Johnny Ford's 34-yard catch-and-run for the Bulls' only touchdown.

McCrae finished with 181 yards rushing on 16 carries for the Knights, who have scored at least 30 points in 24 consecutive games - matching South Florida (2015-17) for the longest such streak since 1939.

Ford rushed for 120 yards on 16 attempts for South Florida, which played without injured quarterback Blake Barnett (shoulder/ankle).

THE TAKEAWAY

UCF: The Knights lost Milton, but were still good enough to take care of their intrastate rival. Mack also led the team to a 37-10 road victory over East Carolina while Milton was sidelined with an undisclosed injury on Oct. 20.

South Florida: After a 7-0 start, the Bulls faded quickly down the stretch. The defense is partly responsible, allowing 57, 41, 35, 27 and 38 points in losses to Houston, Tulane, Cincinnati, Temple and UCF, but the offense had difficulty sustaining drives and getting in the end zone.

I-4 RIVALRY

UCF has won two straight in the series South Florida leads 6-4. Since 2016, the rivalry has been dubbed the "War on I-4" and the winner is presented with a traveling trophy that's 4-foot, 3 inches in height and weighs 160 pounds.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Knights climbed three spots in the AP poll after dominating Cincinnati on national television and have done everything they can to remain in the top 10 for at least another week by beating South Florida. UCF is No. 9 in the latest CFP rankings, the highest spot ever occupied by an AAC team.

UP NEXT

UCF: Hosts AAC championship game against Memphis next Saturday.

South Florida: Despite five-game skid, Bulls are bowl eligible and await a fourth consecutive berth

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Passing

UCF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Milton 10 5 50.0 1 86 38 1 73.3
D. Mack Jr. 14 5 35.7 0 81 47 0 56.0
SoFL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Oladokun 12 7 58.3 1 77 34 1 70.5
B. Kean 17 8 47.1 0 36 8 0 53.8

Rushing

UCF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. McCrae 16 181 11.3 40 3
T. McGowan 11 72 6.5 20 1
SoFL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Ford 16 120 7.5 38 0
D. Bell 7 46 6.6 12 0

Receiving

UCF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Davis 5 69 13.8 38 1
D. Snelson 2 60 30.0 47 0
SoFL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Ford 2 39 19.5 34 1
M. Wilcox 5 38 7.6 17 0

Fumbles

Returning

UCF KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Snelson 0 - 0 0 2 2.0 0 5
SoFL KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Antoine 2 19.5 0 22 0 - 0 0
T. McCants 0 - 0 0 2 1.0 0 2

Punting

UCF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Loudermilk 6 282 47.0 66
SoFL Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Schneider 9 441 49.0 57

Takeaways

UCF Int Yds InTD
R. Grant 1 0 0
SoFL Int Yds InTD
N. Roberts 1 30 0

Team Stats Comparison

UCF SoFL
Points For 38 10
Total Yards 558 309
Rushing Yards 391 196
Passing Yards 167 113
Passing Completions / Attempts 10/24 15/29
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/0
First Downs 27 18
Penalties - Yards 5/34 4/34
Time Of Possession 40:40 20:20
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/18 5/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/47 9/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UCF SoFL
UCF 14:35 TD Gabriel Davis 14 yd pass from McKenzie Milton (Matthew Wright kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter UCF SoFL
UCF 4:00 FG Matthew Wright 42 yd FG 10 0
UCF 9:59 TD Greg McCrae 40 yd run (Matthew Wright kick) 17 0
SoFL 11:51 FG Coby Weiss 25 yd FG 17 3
3rd Quarter UCF SoFL
SoFL 13:45 TD Johnny Ford 34 yd pass from Chris Oladokun (Coby Weiss kick) 17 10
UCF 14:47 TD Greg McCrae 39 yd run (Matthew Wright kick) 24 10
4th Quarter UCF SoFL
UCF 5:43 TD Greg McCrae 31 yd run (Matthew Wright kick) 31 10
UCF 12:09 TD Taj McGowan 4 yd run (Matthew Wright kick) 38 10

Game Information

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Attendance: 57,626
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