The University of Central Florida Knights (7-1, 4-0) were able to hold off a comeback attempt by the Houston Cougars (7-2, 4-1) late in the 4th quarter and keep first place in the American Athletic Conference.
The Cougars made the game interesting after scoring a touchdown to be down just 19-14 with four minutes remaining. After forcing a 3-and-out, the Cougars had the ball with just over three minutes and over 60 yards to go. The Cougars were able to make it first-and-goal at the UCF 10-yard line with under a minute left. After a 3-yard run to give the Cougars 3rd-and-goal from the 7-yard line, O’Korn just missed Deontay Greenberry who stretched and couldn’t hall in the pass off his fingertips on third down, and couldn’t connect with his receiver on fourth down which gave the Knights the victory.
The Cougars and Knights played a fairly even game statistically and the Cougars again won the turnover battle. John O’Korn threw for 231 yards and a touchdown and added a score on the ground as well. Deontay Greenberry led Cougars receivers with 8 receptions and 94 yards though it was Wayne Beadle who caught O’Korn’s lone touchdown toss. After scoring in 39 straight quarters heading into tonight’s game, the Cougars failed to score any points in the first and broke their nation-long streak.
It was Storm Johnson who led the Knights rushing attack with 28 rushes for 127 yards. William Stanback added two touchdowns of his own on the ground to give the Knights their only touchdowns of the night.
The UCF win puts the Knights in sole possession of first place with their undefeated record in the conference. The Louisville Knights defeated UConn earlier today to give themselves an 8-1 (4-1) record. Houston falls to third with Cincinnati as they both have identical 7-2 (4-1) records.
The Cougars head to Louisville next week to face Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals. The game will start at 6:00 PM and can be seen on ESPNU.