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Mem­phis punted on its first three drives to start the sec­ond half. Then the Tigers fum­bled on con­sec­u­tive drives.

The rain ar­riv­ing in the sec­ond half didn’t help mat­ters, but once again, the Tigers failed to play a com­plete game. Brady White, who was ef­fi­cient in the first half, was mostly silent as the UCF de­fense stacked the box to stop Mem­phis' run at­tack.

Mem­phis didn't score af­ter half­time, and it was eerily sim­i­lar to how the Tigers strug­gled in losses to Navy and Tu­lane.

Dar­rell Hen­der­son had a mixed day

Hen­der­son looked like he was headed for a ca­reer day af­ter rush­ing for 115 yards in the first quar­ter.

Although he fin­ished with 199 yards on a ca­reer-high 31 car­ries, he found lit­tle room to run the rest of the game. He also had one of Mem­phis' two sec­ond-half fum­bles

His big­gest mo­ment was wiped away by a costly penalty. In the fourth quar­ter, Hen­der­son raced for a 32-yard touch­down that should've given Mem­phis the lead but it was wiped away by a hold­ing penalty by Dy­lan Parham.

McKen­zie Mil­ton breaks Mem­phis' heart again

Mem­phis' de­fense did a strong job on UCF in some ways. The Knights were sec­ond in the na­tion in third-down con­ver­sions but fin­ished 2-for-12. John Tate had two sacks and a fum­ble re­cov­ery to lead a stout ef­fort.

But it's hard to con­tain UCF all game. Af­ter the Tigers' sec­ond fum­ble, Mil­ton led a 74-yard drive capped by him run­ning for a 7-yard touch­down to go ahead for good.

The Tigers' AAC West dreams? Gone

A third con­fer­ence loss means its al­most im­pos­si­ble for the Mem­phis to win the AAC West.

The Tigers have four con­fer­ence games left but would need col­lapses by nearly ev­ery other team to even have a chance when they face Hous­ton in the reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale. That goal was washed away Satur­day.

No re­lief next week against Mis­souri

The good news for Mem­phis is it got line­backer Jack­son Dil­lon back af­ter he missed two games. The bad news is the Tigers have to travel to Mis­souri next week.

Con­sid­er­ing the Tigers have yet to win a road game this sea­son, it could get even uglier against an even bet­ter quar­ter­back in Mis­souri's Drew Lock.

Mem­phis run­ning back Tony Pol­lard (top) runs past Cen­tral Florida de­fender Eriq Gil­yard (bot­tom) dur­ing ac­ton in Mem­phis, Tenn., Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 2018.

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