It was Senior Night at the Bright House as the UCF Knights battled the Tulsa Hurricane. The Golden Hurricane were too powerful for UCF as they racked up 474 yards on offense and clobbering the Knights 35-20.
The night started out strong for UCF when senior D.J. Killings intercepted the ball and ran it back for the seventh defensive or special teams touchdown this season. It was Killings 3rd interception of the season. However, the Knights struggled on offense as they were held to only 88 yards of rushing. The Knights didn’t get a first down until late in the first quarter and starting quarterback McKenzie Milton couldn’t find his touch all night, finishing with just 233 passing yards on a career-high 51 pass attempts.
At halftime, UCF honored former head coach George O’Leary with a short presentation and unveiling of the new statue that is outside the stadium. O’Leary led the Knights football program to some of its best moments during his tenure from 2004-15, including a Fiesta Bowl win in 2013.
UCF rallied late but was unable to score as Milton’s pass sailed out of the endzone on 4th down in the red zone. Despite the loss, the Knights are (6-5) and travel next weekend to Tampa to face the USF Bulls. The Knights look to bounce back with a win on the road against their rival next weekend.
“That is a tough game,” Frost said. “I’m still proud of my guys, this team and the way they battle, and they didn’t quit tonight … We just made a few too many mistakes and sputtered too much on offense.”