Mil­ton ac­counts for 3 TDs as No. 11 UCF beats Navy

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY FRED GOODALL

OR­LANDO, FLA.

No. 11 UCF is be­com­ing pre­dictable as the Knights pur­sue an­other un­de­feated sea­son.

The de­fend­ing Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons keep on win­ning while in­sist­ing they aren’t lis­ten­ing to chat­ter about whether they will be de­serv­ing of a berth in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off if they re­main un­beaten when the four-team field is picked in December.

Now, coach Josh He­u­pel and his play­ers say they’re turn­ing their fo­cus to No. 25 Cincin­nati, which comes to Florida next week for a cru­cial AAC test.

A vic­tory over the Bearcats will clinch a spot in the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game.

“At the end of the day, if you’re do­ing it right in­side of your pro­gram, each game be­comes big­ger,” He­u­pel said Satur­day af­ter McKenzie Mil­ton threw for two touch­downs and ran for a third to key a 35-24 vic­tory over Navy that extended the na­tion’s long­est win­ning streak to 22 games.

“That’s what we want. That’s the type of pro­gram we’re try­ing to build,” He­u­pel added. “I have great re­spect for Cincin­nati. We’re go­ing to en­joy this one to­day and move on to Cincin­nati to­mor­row.”

UCF (9-0, 6-0) fin­ished as the only un­beaten team in the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion a year ago, but was not in­cluded in the CFP.

The Knights cur­rently are one of four FBS teams that re­main un­de­feated, along with the top three teams in the lat­est CFP rank­ings – Alabama, Clem­son and Notre Dame.

Al­though He­u­pel re­it­er­ated the Knights are only con­cerned with try­ing to go “1-0 every week,” the first-year coach said he’s grow­ing tired of play­off talk.

“No, we want to be in that con­ver­sa­tion. We want to be in it every sin­gle year,” He­u­pel said. “We’re build­ing this pro­gram to have sus­tained suc­cess.”

Mil­ton com­pleted 17 of 21 passes for 200 yards with­out an in­ter­cep­tion for the Knights, who’ve scored at least 30 points in every game through­out its long win­ning streak.

PHE­LAN M. EBENHACK AP

UCF quar­ter­back McKenzie Mil­ton (10) cel­e­brates with run­ning back Adrian Killins Jr. (9) af­ter Mil­ton rushed for a 1-yard touch­down Satur­day in Or­lando, Fla.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.