Knights show promise through first quarter against Bearcats

The Knights saw a smaller-than-usual crowd at the “Bounce House” Saturday afternoon showing offensive promise and being lights-out on defense against conference rival, the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The Knights (5-4, 3-2) who are fresh off a 37-6 of Tulane from last week face off against the Bearcats (4-5, 1-4) on a sunny and cool day. The captains for the Knights were senior backup quarterback Justin Holman, redshirt senior third-string quarterback Nick Patti, sophomore running back Taj McGowan and redshirt sophomore Chris Larsen.

Going three-and-out on their first offensive drive, the Knights responded with a rebound of an offensive drive featuring a strong ground-and-pound rushing game and a couple clever screen passes. The drive ended on a 22-yard field goal made by redshirt sophomore Matthew Wright, putting the Knights up 3-0 with 8:12 left of the first quarter.

On Cincinnati’s second drive, the Bearcats punted away, giving redshirt junior Chris Johnson a punt return that he would take back 22-yards, his longest return on the season.

On that same offensive drive that Johnson positioned the Knights in, UCF increased its lead to  10-0 off a one-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton to freshman wide receiver Dredrick Snelson.

Through the first quarter, Milton has thrown 11 complete passes on 13 attempts for 100-yards and a touchdown. Redshirt sophomore Tre’Quan Smith has caught three passes for 30-yards and freshman Jawon Hamilton has rushed the ball six times for 28-yards.