Mem­phis un­able to up­set No. 10 Knights

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MEM­PHIS — McKen­zie Mil­ton passed for 296 yards and ran for the go-ahead touch­down in the fourth quar­ter as No. 10 Cen­tral Florida weath­ered its first sig­nif­i­cant test of the sea­son be­fore es­cap­ing with a 31-30 vic­tory at Mem­phis on Satur­day.

Mil­ton’s 7-yard touch­down with 12:14 left com­pleted a come­back for the Knights (6-0, 3-0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence), who trailed 30-14 with 2:04 left in the first half. The vic­tory was their 19th straight — the na­tion’s long­est win­ning streak — but it was by far the tough­est game of the sea­son for Cen­tral Florida, which had de­feated its first five op­po­nents by dou­ble-dig­its.

Even in the clos­ing sec­onds, Mem­phis (4-3, 1-3) seemed on the way to at least hav­ing a chance for a game-win­ning field goal as the Tigers moved to the Knights’ 31. Mem­phis botched clock man­age­ment in the fi­nal 30 sec­onds, though, get­ting hit with a mo­tion penalty that re­quired a clock runoff, and then Brady White com­pleted a 9-yard pass to Tony Pol­lard and the sec­onds slipped away.

Dar­rell Hen­der­son, who leads the na­tion in rush­ing, had 199 yards and a touch­down on the ground on a ca­reer-best 31 car­ries for Mem­phis.

› Birm­ing­ham-South­ern 13, Se­wa­nee 10

SE­WA­NEE, Tenn. — Ry­der An­drews’ 33-yard field goal with 13:33 re­main­ing held up as the dif­fer­ence for the Pan­thers in their South­ern Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion road win.

An­drews kicked a 20-yarder in the first quar­ter and gave Birm­ing­ham-South­ern (4-2, 2-2) a 10-0 lead with his ex­tra point af­ter a 14-play, 80-yard touch­down drive with 10:29 to go in the first half, but the Tigers (3-4, 2-3) got a 23-yard scor­ing pass from Grayson Baker to Daniel Ar­magh just be­fore half­time and a ty­ing 35-yard field goal from Michael Ja­cobs late in the third quar­ter.

› FIU 24, MTSU 21

MI­AMI — James Mor­gan threw two touch­down passes and Jose Bor­re­gales made three field goals — from 44, 53 and 45 yards — as Florida In­ter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity (4-2, 2-0 Con­fer­ence USA) topped Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­sity (3-3, 2-1).

Mor­gan’s fi­nal touch­down pass was to C.J. Wor­ton with 3:55 to play, and Mau­rice Alexan­der’s 2-point pass to Josh Col­ston pro­vided the fi­nal points.

Asher O’Hara led the Blue Raiders with 85 yards on 21 car­ries and a touch­down. Tavares Thomas ran for two touch­downs but just 26 yards on 10 car­ries.

› SE Mis­souri State 31, Austin Peay 27

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Mar­quis Terry crashed in from the 2-yard line in the fi­nal sec­onds to give South­east Mis­souri State a vic­tory over the Gov­er­nors in Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence ac­tion.

Austin Peay (3-4, 1-3) had just com­pleted an eight-play, 72-yard drive, capped by Jeremiah Oatsvall’s scor­ing toss to DeAn­gelo Wil­son from the 17, to take a 27-24 lead with 3:41 re­main­ing.

The Red­hawks (4-2, 2-1) re­sponded with a 73-yard drive to se­cure the win with 15 sec­onds left. Austin Peay had stalled them un­til Daniel San­ta­ca­te­rina con­nected with Jer­rick Orr on a fourth-and-14 heave Orr pulled down for a 37-yard gain.

› Mur­ray State 45, Ten­nessee State 21 MUR­RAY, Ky. — Drew An­der­son ran for a score and threw five touch­down passes, in­clud­ing two to LaMartez Brooks, as Mur­ray State se­cured its first 3-0 start in OVC play since 1997.

The Rac­ers (3-3) went ahead 24-14 and for good in­side the fi­nal minute of the first half on a 4-play, 45-yard touch­down drive that ended when An­der­son hit Ar­mani Hayes on a nine-yard pass.

An­der­son fin­ished 33-of-51 for 348 yards. Micheal Hughes was 30-of-45 pass­ing for 307 yards with two touch­downs for the Tigers (2-3, 1-2).

› East­ern Ken­tucky 35, UT-Martin 34

MARTIN, Tenn. — Daryl McCleskey Jr. made two sec­ond-half touch­down runs to help East­ern Ken­tucky edge the Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee at Martin.

Alphonso Howard threw a touch­down pass and ran for an­other score for East­ern Ken­tucky (3-3, 2-1 OVC).

Dresser Winn threw a pair of touch­down passes but was in­ter­cepted twice for UT-Martin (1-5, 1-2). LaDar­ius Gal­loway ran for two scores for the Sky­hawks, who led 34-21 on Ryan Cour­tright’s 39-yard field goal with 7:56 left in the third quar­ter. McCleskey scored on a 6-yard run in the pe­riod’s fi­nal minute and a 12-yarder early in the fourth quar­ter.

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