2018 American Football Highlights – #9 UCF 38, USF 10

TAMPA, Fla. — No. 8 UCF lost quarterback McKenzie Milton to injury but still trounced South Florida 38-10 on Friday to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 24 games and complete a second consecutive undefeated regular season.

Milton, eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting a year ago, hurt his right knee when he was tackled at the end of a 5-yard run in the second quarter. Darriel Mack Jr. replaced him and may make his second start of the year when UCF (11-0, 8-0, No. 9 CFP) faces Memphis next week in the American Athletic Conference title game.


Players from both schools, which are located about 100 miles apart via Interstate 4, kneeled on one knee while a cart was rolled onto the field and Milton received medical attention in front of the South Florida bench. The entire UCF squad left their sideline at one point to form a crowded circle around Milton, who was placed on the cart and taken to the locker room and later a nearby hospital.

Before leaving, Milton completed 5 of 10 passes for 86 yards, including a 14-yard scoring throw to Gabriel Davis for a 7-0 lead. The Knights kicked a field goal on the first play after the quarterback departed to make it 10-0.

Mack got plenty of help from a talented supporting cast that includes Greg McCrae to make sure UCF finished the job. South Florida (7-5, 3-5) finished the regular season on a five-game losing streak, its longest skid since 2013.

McCrae scored on runs of 40, 39 and 31yards, with the second of the three TDs re-establishing a 14-point after South Florida briefly pulled to 17-10 on Johnny Ford’s 34-yard catch-and-run for the Bulls’ only touchdown.

McCrae finished with 181 yards rushing on 16 carries for the Knights, who amassed 558 yards total offense and have scored at least 30 points in 24 consecutive games — matching South Florida (2015-17) for the longest such streak since 1939.

Ford rushed for 120 yards on 16 attempts for South Florida, which played without injured quarterback Blake Barnett (shoulder/ankle).


UCF: The Knights lost Milton, but were still good enough to take care of their intrastate rival. Mack also led the team to a 37-10 road victory over East Carolina while Milton was sidelined with an undisclosed injury on Oct. 20.

South Florida: After a 7-0 start, the Bulls faded quickly down the stretch. The defense is partly responsible, allowing 57, 41, 35, 27 and 38 points in losses to Houston, Tulane, Cincinnati, Temple and UCF, but the offense had difficulty sustaining drives and getting in the end zone.

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McKenzie Milton's family gives update on leg injury

The family of UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton offered a brief update about the player’s leg injury on Saturday afternoon.Milton suffered an awful leg injury during Friday’s game against South Florida and underwent immediate surgery.According to his family, that surgery was successful, and he’s aiming to be present in Orlando next week when the Knights play for the AAC championship.In general, the news on Milton sounds positive.That’s great, especially with how frightening some of the details surrounding it were.He obviously won’t play again this season, and his long-term prognosis remains unknown until we get a more comprehensive update.
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UCF QB McKenzie Milton’s Family Releases Statement About His Injury Status

UCF superstar quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a gruesome leg injury during last night’s win over South Florida.It was a brutal way for the season to end for Milton, one of the best players in the country who has led his team to two-straight undefeated records, to this point at least.He had surgery last night on what has been reported as a dislocated knee.The injury runs the risk of cutting off circulation, which is obviously a major issue.They put out a statement moments ago, saying that he underwent successful surgery in Tampa.It is overwhelmingly likely that Milton’s season is over.It does sound like he’ll be able to be with the team when it plays for the AAC Championship next week.From the Milton family, via The Athletic’s Chris Vannini: Darriel Mack Jr.came on in relief of Milton yesterday, and his passing numbers weren’t great.He completed just 5-of-14 passes for 81 yards.As a team, UCF was unstoppable on the ground though.Led by sophomore Greg McRae’s 181 yards and three touchdowns, the Knights pounded away for 391 yards and four scores on 58 carries.
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McKenzie Milton, UCF Knights QB, suffers leg injury

McKenzie Milton, UCF Knights QB, suffers leg injury

UCF QB McKenzie Milton runs to his right and his knee bends awkwardly during a game against South Florida.Both teams gathered on the field as Milton was carted to the locker room.(0:18) TAMPA, Fla.– UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton seriously injured his right leg on a scramble in the second quarter of Friday’s 38-10 win over USF, a devastating blow to a team that has now won 24 straight games.Coach Josh Heupel had no specific update on Milton’s condition after the game, only saying the quarterback was in the hospital with a “traumatic” injury.Milton underwent surgery Friday to repair his knee and other “internal issues,” according to his father, Mark.With Milton out, UCF’s players told one another they would play for him.”It was heartbreaking because McKenzie Milton is a great person.It wasn’t about McKenzie Milton the football player; it’s him as a person,” said running back Greg McCrae, who rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns.”Seeing that happen to him, it was devastating to the whole team, so we all rallied around that and tried to use that as our motivation to play for him, to play for [No.]10.” Milton was hurt after he tucked the ball and ran on a third-down play.A crowd of USF defenders met him, and he took a hit to his knee.His leg twisted and bent at an awkward angle.Milton stayed down, and the Raymond James Stadium crowd looked on in stunned silence as a cart was brought out immediately.Heupel came over and told Milton he loved him.Darriel Mack, the backup quarterback charged with taking over the UCF offense, told Milton that everything would be all right.The two shared a moment together that was captured in a photo UCF shared on its Twitter feed.Mack described it as “very, very emotional for me.” “KZ’s a great guy, and everything’s going to be OK with him,” Mack said after the game.”I was just letting him know he was going to be OK.” It wasn’t just Heupel and Mack.The entire UCF bench emptied and knelt beside Milton as emergency personnel worked on him.The USF team took the field as well in a show of support.Milton’s leg was immobilized before he was placed on the cart and taken to the locker room, with teammates coming up to him to pat his arm or shoulder pad.”It breaks your heart for a kid that’s worked so hard to go out there and compete, loves his brothers and plays for them,” Heupel said.Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who grew up with Milton in Hawaii, tweeted his thoughts to his friend.”Prayers out to my brother .shake back 10,” read the tweet.Milton is the unquestioned leader on a UCF team that finished its second straight undefeated regular season.Heading into the USF game, Milton had thrown for 2,577 yards and 24 touchdowns in nine starts while rushing for 291 yards and nine touchdowns.”McKenzie, that’s everybody’s backbone,” linebacker Nate Evans said.”He uplifts everybody.To see him go down, we knew we had to play the game for McKenzie.We came out and played a good game.I’m proud of us.” Milton threw a touchdown p
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McKenzie Milton’s Reaction While Carted Off After Injury (VIDEO) | Heavy.com

krazy:In the midst of a heated rivalry game between the Central Florida Knights and South Florida Bulls, a terrible injury sent an entire stadium into silence. UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a gruesome leg injury which resulted in him being down on the field for an extended period. After quite a bit of time, Milton was eventually carted off and had a strong reaction in the process.

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UCF QB McKenzie Milton injury against South Florida

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton was carted off the field after suffering what appears to have been a severe leg injury during the second quarter of a game against South Florida. Milton was surrounded by teammates and coaches from both teams while being attended to on the field by medical personnel.

Milton suffered the injury on a third-down play. After scrambling to pick up a first down on third-and-7, Milton took a hit to the right leg from a defender making the tackle. While there is no official word on the injury, judging by what could be seen via television cameras during the play and afterward, it appears to be a serious injury for Milton.

The junior quarterback is one of the most prolific in program history after starting his career under the tutelage of now Nebraska coach Scott Frost. He has thrown for 8,597 yards, 71 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Freshman Darriel Mack Jr. came on in relief of Milton. Mack started in place of the Hawaiian against East Carolina after Milton suffered an ankle injury earlier in the season.

The Knights are currently riding a 23-game winning streak and hoping to reach a New Year’s Six bowl for the second straight year.
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