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.