UCF didn’t look terrible, but they didn’t look great either. They won with ease, but it was anything but pretty.
Not a great game for the Knights but a win is a win.
— Alex Funderburke (@AlexFunderburke) October 7, 2018
The Mustangs looked like they had hope early, on the opening drive, they moved down the field with relative ease and ended up with three points.
Then SMU dropped a walk in pick six and all the momentum went to the Knights. Adrian Killins punched in a 15-yard touchdown a few plays later.
On the ensuing kickoff James Proche fumbled the return and kicker Matthew Wright fell on it.
McKenzie Milton hit Dredrick Snelson from 14 yards out to take a 14-3 lead.
.@UCF_Football is ridiculously fast. This went from “SMU dropping a pick-six that would’ve made it 10-0 SMU” to “14-3 UCF” in a total of 9 plays.
— Forgotten5 (@RememberF5) October 6, 2018
After an SMU three and out the Knights got back to work, scoring on an Otis Anderson four-yard run.
This made it 21-3, it felt like SMU had zero chance of stopping the Knights offense. They had all the momentum, SMU looked shook.
But the Mustangs would stop the Knights on their next three drives, two via punt and one interception deep in their own territory.
SMU turned that into seven points and on the next UCF drive, disaster struck. On a third down scramble, McKenzie Milton got hurt.
Darriel Mack came in to finish out the drive that ended in a UCF field goal.
Milton came back on for the next Knights possession, a combination of Adrian Killins and Milton led UCF down the field as they seemed to wake up on offense.
The drive stalled at the SMU and the Knights would be forced to kick another field goal to end the half.
UCF went into the locker room up 27-10.
The Knights got the ball back and moved down the field pretty easy. Milton hit Tre Nixon in the end zone but it got called back for illegal touching, two plays later on 4th and goal, the Knights put in 6’3” 315 lbs DL Trysten Hill and he jumped over the goal line to put UCF up 34-10.
SMU followed that up with a nice drive that stalled late and the Mustangs were forced to kick a field goal.
UCF took the game into the fourth quarter and struck right away, Milton hit Tre Nixon on a absolutely beautiful 30-yard touchdown pass. That was the drive the Knights needed, they got their swagger back.
They got the ball back and 7 plays, 81 yards, and 1:58 later, Otis Anderson broke free giving UCF a 48-13 lead on a 30 yard touchdown run.
SMU scored a garbage time touchdown to make it 48-20, and that score would hold as UCF extended their win streak to 18 games.
Not impressive, but a win is a win.