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No. 15 UCF stays undefeated with 31-24 victory over SMU

DALLAS (AP) UCF's McKenzie Milton didn't complete passes with his usual efficiency, and his offense didn't put up its usual high-scoring numbers.

But the Knights earned their usual result, leaving SMU with a 31-24 victory, remaining the only undefeated team in the Group of Five and on track for a major New Year's Day bowl game if they can win out.

''We found ourselves in a close game that we probably shouldn't have been in - and I love the way our team responded,'' UCF coach Scott Frost said. ''When you have 600-plus yards on offense, you are supposed to have more points than that.''

Milton threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, but he also threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 36 yards for a touchdown by SMU's Jordan Wyatt. He had thrown just three picks all season.

The Knights (8-0, 5-0 AAC, No. 18 CFP) also fumbled inside the SMU 20 and saw their opening drive end deep in SMU territory when they turned the ball over on downs.

''We made it harder than it probably had to be,'' Frost said.

SMU's best opportunity at an upset fizzled with 5:10 remaining when wideout Trey Quinn dropped a pass on fourth-and-3 that would have given the Mustangs (6-3, 3-2) a first down deep in UCF territory.

The game wasn't quite the shootout that was expected. UCF entered the weekend averaging 51 points, the most in the nation. SMU was averaging 41.5 points.

Still, there were plenty of explosive plays throughout. Two of UCF's scoring drives lasted three plays or less but covered at least 75 yards.

''If you watch them on tape, their linebackers are always up around the box,'' Frost said. ''It makes it harder to get easy yards and easier to manufacture some big plays.''

That's exactly what the Knights did. Early in the second quarter, Milton found wide receiver Gabriel Davis down the right sideline for an 80-yard touchdown strike.

Adrian Killins Jr. scored on runs of 64 yards and 34 yards for UCF, splitting defenders and shedding would-be tacklers along the way. He rushed for 147 yards on 14 carries.

''Every time we needed something, Killins would just pop one,'' Frost said.

SMU scored on its first offensive play from scrimmage when Ben Hicks connected with James Proche for an 86-yard touchdown player. The sophomore receiver made five defenders miss on the catch-and-run, following a couple blockers down the sideline to the end zone. Proche finished with seven catches for 173 yards.

The Mustangs saw a 56-yard drive in the first half end a yard short when running back Ke'Mon Freeman fumbled into the end zone for a touchback.

Milton finished 23 for 40 for a career 412 yards, with a touchdown and the two picks. Hicks was 27 for 51 for 283 yards and a touchdown.

''There's a reason they're undefeated,'' SMU coach Chad Morris said. ''But we're a program that's trending in the right direction. One game does not change the direction that we're heading.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A week after feasting on overmatched Austin Peay, No. 15 UCF picked up a high-quality road win against an SMU team that was 5-0 at home. The Knights may slip ahead of No. 14 Iowa State and No. 13 Virginia Tech, both of whom lost Saturday.

THE TAKEAWAY

UCF: Despite some uncharacteristic interceptions from Milton, the Knights made enough big plays to stay undefeated and remain in line for a possible New Year's Day bowl bid.

SMU: Quinn, who entered the game leading the nation with 9.9 catches per game, didn't have a big night - and the Mustangs didn't find points as easy to come by. Quinn finished with 11 catches, but for just 47 yards - plus the costly drop late in the fourth quarter. Still, SMU is bowl eligible in Chad Morris' third season as coach.

UP NEXT

UCF: The Knights have UConn at home next week and then close out the regular season with a trip to Temple and home against South Florida.

SMU: The Mustangs travel to Navy and Memphis before closing at home against Tulane.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 14:23
11-M.Wright 19 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
73
yds
00:58
pos
31
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:17
5-J.Williams extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
24
Touchdown 1:17
5-X.Jones runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
95
yds
04:00
pos
28
23
Point After TD 8:43
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
17
Touchdown 8:43
9-A.Killins runs 64 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
75
yds
00:25
pos
27
17
Field Goal 9:13
5-J.Williams 45 yards Field Goal is Good.
15
plays
51
yds
05:44
pos
21
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:35
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
14
Touchdown 2:35
9-A.Killins runs 34 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
85
yds
01:11
pos
20
14
Point After TD 7:19
5-J.Williams extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 7:30
10-M.Milton incomplete. Intended for 4-T.Smith INTERCEPTED by 15-J.Wyatt at UCF 36. 15-J.Wyatt runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
36
yds
0:00
pos
14
13
Point After TD 11:58
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 11:58
10-M.Milton complete to 13-G.Davis. 13-G.Davis runs 80 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
60
yds
00:25
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:16
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 3:16
10-M.Milton runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
95
yds
01:40
pos
6
7
Point After TD 9:03
5-J.Williams extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:03
8-B.Hicks complete to 3-J.Proche. 3-J.Proche runs 86 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
86
yds
00:16
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 21
Rushing 8 8
Passing 14 12
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 4-15 10-23
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-3
Total Net Yards 600 489
Total Plays 76 89
Avg Gain 7.9 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 203 206
Rush Attempts 36 37
Avg Rush Yards 5.6 5.6
Net Yards Passing 397 283
Comp. - Att. 23-40 27-52
Yards Per Pass 9.9 5.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-15 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-32 4-30
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 3 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 1
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 5-38.4 7-42.3
Return Yards 0 60
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 2-24
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-36
Kicking 5/6 4/5
Extra Points 4/4 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
18 UCF 8-0 7147331
SMU 6-3 7710024
397 PASS YDS 283
203 RUSH YDS 206
600 TOTAL YDS 489
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Milton 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.5% 412 1 2 142.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 2409 20 5 189.1
M. Milton 23/40 412 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Killins Jr. 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 145 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
67 575 7
A. Killins Jr. 14 145 2 64
M. Milton 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 44 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 298 3
M. Milton 12 44 1 12
O. Anderson 26 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 171 1
O. Anderson 1 14 0 14
T. McGowan 12 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 219 8
T. McGowan 6 13 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Smith 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 141 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 641 9
T. Smith 7 141 0 63
G. Davis 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 97 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 196 2
G. Davis 3 97 1 80
J. Akins 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 62 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 351 3
J. Akins 5 62 0 29
M. Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 58 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 164 0
M. Williams 3 58 0 46
D. Snelson 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 402 3
D. Snelson 2 27 0 21
J. Franks 15 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 99 0
J. Franks 1 23 0 23
O. Anderson 26 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 212 0
O. Anderson 1 9 0 9
A. Killins Jr. 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 132 1
A. Killins Jr. 1 -5 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
N. Clarke 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
N. Clarke 10-0 0.0 0
T. Neal 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 2 0.0
T. Neal 8-0 0.0 0
P. Jasinski 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
P. Jasinski 6-0 0.0 0
C. Burkett 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
C. Burkett 5-0 0.0 0
J. Pittman 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
J. Pittman 5-0 0.0 0
M. Hughes 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
M. Hughes 3-0 0.0 0
S. Griffin 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Griffin 3-0 0.0 0
T. Davis 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
T. Davis 3-0 0.0 0
K. Gibson 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 3 0.0
K. Gibson 2-1 0.0 0
T. Guerad 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
T. Guerad 2-1 0.0 0
A. Wooten 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Wooten 2-0 0.0 0
B. Moore 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
B. Moore 2-0 0.0 0
N. Evans 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Evans 1-0 0.0 0
J. Connors 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Connors 1-0 0.0 0
T. Ryan 28 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Ryan 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
S. Lowry 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
S. Lowry 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Wright 11 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
8/11 48/49
M. Wright 1/2 19 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Loudermilk 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 38.4 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
25 39.1 0
M. Loudermilk 5 38.4 0 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Hicks 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.9% 283 1 0 106.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.1% 2588 20 6 138.4
B. Hicks 27/51 283 1 0
K. Freeman 13 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 28 0 0 111.7
K. Freeman 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
X. Jones 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 84 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
123 700 6
X. Jones 19 84 1 27
B. West 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 55 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 468 2
B. West 8 55 0 14
B. Hicks 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 23 1
B. Hicks 6 54 0 25
K. Freeman 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
95 417 9
K. Freeman 4 13 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Proche 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 173 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 639 4
J. Proche 7 173 1 86
T. Quinn 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
90 921 7
T. Quinn 11 47 0 17
C. Sutton 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 46 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 752 9
C. Sutton 5 46 0 14
B. West 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 141 0
B. West 1 7 0 7
R. Becker 14 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
R. Becker 1 7 0 7
X. Jones 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 42 0
X. Jones 2 3 0 6
B. Hicks 8 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
B. Hicks 0 0 0 0
K. Freeman 13 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 29 0
K. Freeman 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Onu 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 2 0.0
M. Onu 9-0 0.0 1
A. Rhone 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
A. Rhone 4-1 0.0 0
J. Wyatt 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 3 0.0
J. Wyatt 4-0 0.0 1
K. Mitchell 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
K. Mitchell 3-0 0.0 0
P. Davis 51 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
P. Davis 3-0 0.0 0
J. Lawler 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Lawler 3-1 0.0 0
R. Clemons 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Clemons 3-0 0.0 0
D. Robinson 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Robinson 3-1 0.0 0
C. Lancaster 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Lancaster 2-0 0.0 0
D. Scott 35 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
D. Scott 2-0 1.0 0
M. Gentry 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Gentry 2-0 0.0 0
C. Davis 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
C. Davis 2-0 0.0 0
T. Neals 13 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Neals 1-0 1.0 0
Jo. Williams 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Jo. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
J. Proche 3 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Proche 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Jo. Williams 5 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
12/17 41/45
Jo. Williams 1/2 45 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Sackville 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 42.3 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 42.1 4
J. Sackville 7 42.3 4 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. West 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 12.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 19.6 21 0
B. West 2 12.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UCF 25 5:30 14 61 Downs
9:03 UCF 25 0:43 4 3 INT
6:44 UCF 20 0:41 3 6 Punt
4:56 UCF 5 1:40 6 95 TD
1:55 UCF 20 1:41 6 12 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:23 UCF 20 0:25 3 80 TD
8:57 UCF 7 1:27 6 20 INT
7:19 UCF 25 1:23 4 -3 Punt
3:46 UCF 15 1:11 5 85 TD
0:12 UCF 30 0:11 2 33 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:08 UCF 25 0:25 2 75 TD
7:21 UCF 24 1:54 7 69 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:17 UCF 25 0:58 5 73 FG
9:33 UCF 5 1:49 6 13 Punt
5:10 UCF 38 2:09 4 16 Punt
1:24 SMU 34 0:50 3 -13 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:19 SMU 14 0:16 1 86 TD
8:14 UCF 43 1:22 4 -7 Punt
5:55 SMU 31 0:47 3 5 Punt
3:16 SMU 35 1:13 4 28 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:07 SMU 43 0:00 8 57 Fumble
11:58 SMU 25 2:52 7 24 Punt
7:19 SMU 35 0:00 1 0
5:47 SMU 37 1:47 3 7 Punt
2:35 SMU 25 2:18 10 45 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:57 SMU 21 5:44 15 51 FG
8:33 SMU 40 1:04 3 2 Punt
5:17 SMU 7 4:00 12 93 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:18 SMU 25 4:35 10 34 Punt
7:37 SMU 30 2:20 6 32 Downs
2:55 SMU 20 1:23 7 14 Downs