Drive Chart
UCF
NAVY

No Text

No. 20 Central Florida beats Navy 31-21 for first 6-0 start

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Central Florida finally had been tested in a tight game, and someone wondered if coach Scott Frost enjoyed seeing how his team reacted to the situation.

''Heck no. I lost a year off my life tonight,'' Frost said Saturday after the Knights' 31-21 victory over Navy. ''You need close games because you need to see how your kids experience those situations, but they're not fun. It was stressful.''

Adrian Killins ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns, McKenzie Milton passed for 233 yards and the 20th-ranked Knights pulled out an excruciating victory to improve to 6-0 for the first time in school history.

The Knights came in averaging 50.6 points with an average winning margin of 33.8 points. UCF didn't come close to matching either of those numbers, but it did end Navy's 17-game home winning streak during the regular season.

''We knew we were in for a battle ,'' Frost said. ''We're glad and lucky to get out of here with a win.''

It was tied in the third quarter before Killins bolted down the right sideline for a 79-yard touchdown run to put the Knights ahead for good.

''That's huge,'' Frost said. ''He's an eraser, and he erased a tie game.''

Central Florida (6-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) became bowl eligible and matched its win total of last year.

The Midshipmen (5-2, 3-2) kept it close, but their chances of pulling off an upset dwindled after quarterback Zach Abey was forced from the game in the third quarter. Abey was dazed from a hit to the helmet at the end of a run and had to be helped off the field.

Abey, the key figure in Navy's triple option, carried 25 times for 126 yards and a touchdown - his school-record eighth straight 100-yard game. He also threw a touchdown pass.

His backup, Garret Lewis, directed a 75-yard drive that got the Midshipmen to 24-21 with 12:50 left.

''I felt pretty confident out there,'' Lewis said. ''It's pretty much like practice.''

Lewis and Navy got the ball back after Milton threw an ill-advised interception. The Midshipmen moved inside the UCF 40 before Lewis sent a late pitch to Darryl Bonner, who fumbled when hit by cornerback Brandon Moore.

''That was my fault,'' Lewis acknowledged.

Moore recovered the loose ball with just over seven minutes remaining, and UCF freshman Otis Anderson scored the clincher on a 10-yard run with 3:30 to go.

''That last touchdown was huge. I was really happy for him,'' Frost said.

The first half ended with UCF up 14-7. It wouldn't have been nearly that close of the Knights didn't have one drive ruined by successive penalties, fail on fourth down at the Navy 3 and miss a 45-yard field goal as the second quarter ended.

''I give them a ton of credit, but we should have scored four or five times early in the game,'' Frost said.

MISTAKE PRONE

UCF: Milton's INT in the fourth quarter was poorly thrown, but the call wasn't too smart, either. ''Maybe I should have had us in something different, but we've got to take care of the football there,'' Frost said.

Navy: After committing five turnovers last week in a loss to Memphis, the Midshipmen lost a fumble, were intercepted twice and penalized four times. ''We knew coming in we had to have a clean game,'' coach Ken Niumatalolo said. ''We knew we couldn't have foolish penalties, which we did, missed assignments, which we had.''

THE TAKEAWAY

UCF: The Knights proved they can win - and score - even when not at their best. UCF did what was required to repel a very good team on its home field, and perhaps this close game will prove beneficial if and when the Knights get involved in another tight affair.

Navy: It's all about the system for Navy. Though Lewis had appeared previously only in a mop-up role, he did a decent job of directing the option against a defense that knew the run was coming. Though Navy will never settle for moral victories, the Midshipmen can take consolation in hanging with an unbeaten Top 25 team averaging more than 50 points a game.

UP NEXT

UCF: The Knights host Austin Peay next Saturday. The game was arranged in September after UCF-Georgia Tech was canceled by Hurricane Irma.

Navy: The Midshipmen are off until Nov. 2, when they face Temple in nationally televised Thursday night clash.

---

More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25

Copyright 2017 by STATS. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.

Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:30
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
21
Touchdown 3:30
26-O.Anderson runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
54
yds
03:37
pos
30
21
Point After TD 12:50
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
21
Touchdown 12:50
38-A.Gargiulo runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
75
yds
02:18
pos
24
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:45
11-M.Wright 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
60
yds
04:10
pos
24
14
Point After TD 12:08
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
14
Touchdown 12:08
9-A.Killins runs 79 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
79
yds
00:11
pos
20
14
Point After TD 12:23
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 12:23
9-Z.Abey complete to 10-M.Perry. 10-M.Perry runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
85
yds
02:33
pos
14
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:46
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 2:46
9-A.Killins runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
40
yds
01:49
pos
13
7
Point After TD 4:46
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 4:46
9-Z.Abey runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
92
yds
06:25
pos
7
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:48
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 11:48
10-M.Milton complete to 4-T.Smith. 4-T.Smith runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
69
yds
03:04
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 22 19
Rushing 10 15
Passing 11 4
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 8-13 9-17
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-3
Total Net Yards 478 419
Total Plays 66 73
Avg Gain 7.2 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 247 248
Rush Attempts 42 59
Avg Rush Yards 5.9 4.2
Net Yards Passing 231 171
Comp. - Att. 16-24 5-14
Yards Per Pass 9.6 12.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-5 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-55 4-40
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 3 2
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 3-34.3 3-34.7
Return Yards 133 113
Punts - Returns 1-11 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 4-111 3-83
Int. - Returns 2-11 1-30
Kicking 5/6 3/3
Extra Points 4/4 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
18 UCF 6-0 7710731
Navy 5-2 077721
231 PASS YDS 171
247 RUSH YDS 248
478 TOTAL YDS 419
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Milton 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 233 1 1 156.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.5% 1722 16 3 196.3
M. Milton 15/23 233 1 1
N. Vedral 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 3 0 0 125.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
88.2% 123 0 0 149.0
N. Vedral 1/1 3 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Killins Jr. 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 122 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
49 413 5
A. Killins Jr. 15 122 2 79
O. Anderson 26 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 56 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 157 1
O. Anderson 9 56 1 26
M. Milton 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 245 1
M. Milton 11 47 0 11
T. McGowan 12 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 196 6
T. McGowan 4 42 0 17
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Snelson 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 72 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 285 1
D. Snelson 3 72 0 35
J. Akins 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 261 3
J. Akins 3 47 0 20
O. Anderson 26 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 203 0
O. Anderson 2 47 0 41
G. Davis 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 99 1
G. Davis 3 27 0 15
A. Killins Jr. 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 134 1
A. Killins Jr. 3 19 0 14
M. Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 93 0
M. Williams 1 18 0 18
T. Smith 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 436 8
T. Smith 1 6 1 6
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Guerad 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Guerad 2-0 0.0 0
P. Jasinski 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
P. Jasinski 2-0 0.0 0
J. Pittman 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Pittman 1-0 0.0 0
T. Hill 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Hill 1-0 0.0 0
B. Moore 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
B. Moore 1-0 0.0 1
K. Gibson 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
K. Gibson 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Wright 11 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
6/8 34/35
M. Wright 1/2 35 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Loudermilk 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 34.3 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 39.2 3
M. Loudermilk 3 34.3 3 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hughes 19 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 29.7 58 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 24.7 58 0
M. Hughes 3 29.7 58 0
R. Grant 27 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 22 0
R. Grant 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hughes 19 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 21.2 11 1
M. Hughes 1 11.0 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 115 1 1 324.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
37.3% 606 6 5 156.3
Z. Abey 2/4 115 1 1
G. Lewis 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 56 0 1 63.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 56 0 1 63.4
G. Lewis 3/9 56 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 126 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
208 1142 13
Z. Abey 25 126 1 14
G. Lewis 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 39 0
G. Lewis 11 39 0 7
A. Gargiulo 38 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 34 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 80 1
A. Gargiulo 9 34 1 12
M. Martin 34 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
M. Martin 5 19 0 7
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 431 3
M. Perry 3 17 0 11
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 129 1
D. Bonner 4 7 0 7
N. Smith 43 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
N. Smith 2 6 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 75 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 173 2
M. Perry 1 75 1 75
T. Carmona 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 66 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 270 3
T. Carmona 3 66 0 40
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 142 1
D. Bonner 1 30 0 30
T. Jackson 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Jackson 0 0 0 0
B. Colon 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 62 0
B. Colon 0 0 0 0
M. Martin 34 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Martin 0 0 0 0
C. Scott 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 15 0
C. Scott 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Ja. Pittman 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Ja. Pittman 2-0 0.0 0
D. Palmore 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Palmore 1-0 0.0 0
J. Webb 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Webb 1-0 1.0 0
N. Cromartie 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Cromartie 1-0 0.0 0
M. Thomas 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
M. Thomas 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Moehring 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
4/8 30/30
B. Moehring 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. White 4 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 34.7 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
25 41.4 0
O. White 3 34.7 0 41
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 27.7 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 23.2 35 0
M. Perry 3 27.7 35 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 UCF 36 3:04 11 69 TD
9:37 UCF 31 2:45 7 26 Punt
4:23 NAVY 43 2:03 6 40 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:37 UCF 35 2:19 6 23 Punt
4:35 NAVY 35 1:49 6 35 TD
0:31 UCF 11 0:30 4 61 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:19 UCF 21 0:11 1 79 TD
6:55 UCF 37 4:10 12 45 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:44 UCF 25 2:24 6 35 INT
7:07 UCF 46 3:37 7 54 TD
2:34 NAVY 44 0:58 4 5 Punt
0:52 UCF 39 0:21 2 -10 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:41 NAVY 34 1:58 3 6 Punt
6:39 NAVY 11 2:07 4 9
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:14 NAVY 3 1:49 6 21 Punt
11:11 NAVY 8 6:25 12 92 TD
2:46 NAVY 25 2:03 9 46 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 NAVY 15 2:33 5 85 TD
12:08 NAVY 25 5:09 10 38 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:41 NAVY 25 2:18 10 75 TD
10:08 UCF 40 2:54 7 17 Fumble
3:23 NAVY 35 0:41 4 9 Downs
1:29 NAVY 12 0:24 5 17 INT