The UCF Knights led for 58 minutes Saturday night at the Bounce House. Temple quarterback Phillip Walker found Keith Kirwood in the back of the UCF end zone with 1 second left in regulation to give the Owls a 26-25 win over the Knights. After a tough home loss against Maryland, the Knights suffered their second consecutive heartbreaking loss at the hands of Temple on the last play of regulation.
The stats say it all. With 13 minutes left in the second quarter, UCF had 224 yards of offense. They finished the night with only 296 yards. The Knights imploded on offense in the second half and were unable to produce any sort of a strong drive.
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Think about this: freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton scored at the 12:34 mark of the 2nd quarter. Milton took a read option for 63 yards and a touchdown, marking the second-longest run by a UCF quarterback in school history. Despite the long run, Milton was sacked 7 times and finished the game with only 13 rushing yards on 9 carries total. The offensive line struggled against the Temple front seven.
UCF falls to (3-3) on the year, still an improvement from last season. The Knights are on the road the next two weeks for two critical conference matchups against UConn then #11 Houston. The Knights can still make a run for a bowl game as long as they re-group and win on the road before returning home to face Tulane on November 5th.