EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton threw for a season-high 317 yards and three touchdowns to lead Knights to a 24-16 win over the UConn football team before a crowd of 28,008 (tickets distributed) at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on Saturday. UConn falls to 3-5 on the season and 1-4 in the American Athletic Conference while UCF is 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Milton completed 29 of 45 passes and the Knights moved over the .500 mark by scoring 17 unanswered points and holding the Huskies scoreless in the second half.
UConn junior tailback Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) ran 21 times for 101 yards and senior wide receiver Noel Thomas (Norwalk, Conn.) had his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game for UConn, catching nine passes for 165 yards.
UConn senior kicker Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) gave the Huskies a 6-0 lead with field goals of 22 and 33-yards in the first quarter. The Huskies made it 13-0 on a three-yard TD run by Newsome with 9:41 left in the second quarter that capped a seven play-60 yard drive.
After UCF got on the board with a 22-yard pass from Milton to Dredrick Snelson that made it 13-7, Puyol connected on a 35-yard to make it 16-7 Huskies with 1:25 left in the half. UCF cut the halftime margin to two with a 19 yard TD pass from Milton to Jordan Atkins with a second left.
The only scoring in the second half was done by UCF with a 39-yard TD pass from Milton to Adrian Killins early in the second half and a 50-yard field goal by Matthew Wright 45 seconds into the fourth quarter. UConn moved the ball to the UCF 10 late in the game but could not get any closer.
UConn redshirt junior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.) was 18 of 34 in the air for 242 yards. Redshirt junior cornerback Jhavon Williams (Delray Beach, Fla.) led UConn in tackles with nine. The Huskies return to action next Saturday when they travel to East Carolina for a noon game that will be seen on ESPNews and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.