HISTORY IN THE MAKING – No. 20 UCF Defeats Navy 31-21 To Improve To 6-0, First Time in Program History
By Ian MacDougall, UCF Knights // October 21, 2017
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ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND (UCF Knights.com) – The UCF football team was tested for the first time this season on Saturday at Navy, but the No. 20/20 Knights showed their toughness and grit in a 31-21 road victory to improve to 6-0 for the first time in program history.
The Midshipmen (5-2, 3-2) came into the game leading the nation with 397.5 rushing yards per game, but the Knights’ defense stonewalled Navy to just 248 yards on the ground. UCF gave up several big plays, but came up big and forced three turnovers. Late in the second quarter when Navy had the ball in UCF territory, Kyle Gibson picked off Zach Abey’s pass at the two-yard line. Later in the fourth quarter and up by 10 with 7:07 to play, Brandon Moore halted a Midshipmen drive with a punishing hit to jar the ball loose.
While the defense was relentless in stopping the Navy triple-option, the Knights racked up 483 yards of offense, including 247 on the ground. Adrian Killins, Jr. rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Otis Anderson sealed the win with a late 10-yard rushing touchdown to go along with his career-high 56 yards on the ground.
The Knights return to Spectrum Stadium next Saturday to face Austin Peay. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. on ESPN3.
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