UCF Knights Defeat East Carolina 20-16 in Closing Seconds at the Bounce House
By UCF Knights // October 10, 2021
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ABOVE VIDEO: UCF defeated East Carolina 20-16 to get their third win of the season.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (UCF Knights) – Mark-Antony Richards pushed ahead for one yard with 23 seconds left in the game. It was the one yard he needed to lift the UCF football team (3-2, 1-1 AAC) to a 20-16 home victory over visiting East Carolina (3-3, 1-1 AAC) Saturday evening at the Bounce House.
Richards, who had only four rushes on the season heading into Saturday’s contest, rushed four consecutive times for 27 yards on the Knights’ final drive of the game, including the final one-yard score to give UCF its first American Athletic Conference victory of the season.
He also came up big on a 4th-and-8 play just two snaps before the four rushes, catching a pass from quarterback Mikey Keene that went 12 yards to gain the clutch first down and keep the drive alive.
Richards finished with six rushes for 58 yards and the score, while Keene went 23-of-35 for 194 yards through the air – all career highs – and led the Knights on the game-winning drive in just his second-career start.
The Knights defense kept the team in it most of the way, holding ECU to just three first-half points and securing three turnovers on the night.