UCF Stays Unbeaten With A Win Over Temple

PHILADELPHIA, PA. 11/18/2017 – The Temple Owls fell victim to turnovers especially in the second quarter as the #14 UCF Knights turned 3 mistakes into 17 points before intermission en route to a 45 – 19 win on Temple Senior Day at The Linc.

Protecting the ball is essential especially against UCF (10 – 0, 7 – 0) who came into the game with gained turnovers at 20.  They now have 25.

“It was a tough loss against a good football team,” said Temple Coach Geoff Collins.  “Can’t turn the ball over five times and expect to win a game against a team that good, very talented.  We knew that.”

With the Knights leading 14 – 10 linebacker Pat Jasinski intercepted  a pass by Owls quarterback Frank Nutile, one of four on the day, returning it to 21 yards away from the goal line.  Four plays later UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton lifted a 9-yard scoring toss to wide receiver Otis Anderson for a 21 – 10 advantage.  The Knights scored 2 touchdowns within 2 minutes.  On the next possession Titus Davis recovered a fumble by Temple running back Ryquell Armstead setting up UCF in Owls territory at the 23, and resulted in a 44-yard field goal by Matthew Wright.  Later in the quarter an interception by Knights safety Kyle Gibson led to a 5-yard touchdown pass from Milton to Gabriel Davis and a 31 – 10 lead.

“There was a flurry in the second quarter that got them up by seventeen,” said Collins.  “That’s tough to overcome.”

Milton completed 16 of 23 passes for 208 yards and 4 touchdowns to four different receivers.  UCF has scored 31 points or more in every game this season.

Temple Kicker Aaron Boumerhi

To beat the nationally-ranked opponent Temple (5 – 6, 3 – 4) needed to start strong and finish strong.  They did accomplish the first part.  The Cherry and White started the scoring with a 35-yard field goal by Aaron Boumerhi for a 3 – 0 lead.  It was the third time this season that the Knights found themselves behind.  After Milton made it 7 – 3 in favor of UCF, Nutile found wide receiver Keith Kirkwood in the back of endzone for an 8-yard score and a 10 – 7 advantage for Temple, and the fourth instance of the Floridians trailing on the scoreboard, twice in the game.  In the fourth quarter Nutile completed a 74-yard touchdown pass to Adonis Jennings, the longest play of the season for Temple and set a career-mark for Jennings for most single play receiving yards.

Temple will close out the regular season schedule travelling to Oklahoma for a game at Tulsa.  A win is a must for the Cherry and White for any chance to play in a bowl game.  The seniors have a chance to be the winningest class in program history, and they want to extend the season one more game.

“We’re going to keep the mindset like it’s a playoff game once again,” said running back David Hood, who ran for a game-high 81 yards.  “Be six and six and be bowl eligible, get a bowl bid, and send the seniors out with a winning season.”


Written By: Glenn Papazian

Contact: Glenn@PhillyCollegeSports.com



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