ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Undefeated UCF squares off against No. 5 Michigan at The Big House at 12:00 p.m. Continue to check back for live quarterly updates of the Knights’ biggest challenge this season.
UCF has won the toss and has decided to receive.
UCF began the series with a big run on first down, converting for a new set of downs right off the bat. It was the only real progress made before Caleb Houston’s first punt was tipped but not totally blocked.
On defense the Knights brought a heavy dose of their own pressure, forcing a three-and-out on Michigan’s first possession. Two stuffed run attempts and one huge QB hit. UCF couldn’t make any progress when it was their turn on offense once again, and another punt attempt was blocked.
Michigan’s offense began to click after the second punt attempt. One downfield shot missed but the very next play featured a diving receiver moving the ball down for a first and goal. The catch set up a three yard touchdown pass from Speight to Jake Butt.
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Holman came out energized, scrambling from deep in Knights’ territory to about midfield, followed immediately by a pass completed for a first down. After driving down into deep field goal range UCF was stopped and forced into a 4th and 12 situation.
The field goal attempt was blocked.
Speight didn’t waste any time when Michigan took over. He connected early, moving the ball well within UCF territory. All of seven total plays later and Michigan had punched in another 2 yard score on the ground.
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One 3-and-out later, Michigan took all of one play to get on the board again as Speight launched a 45 yard touchdown pass.
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Holman saw a lucky break late in the first quarter when an easy interception was dropped, but was hit from behind and fumbled on the next play. Took Michigan five plays to convert a 24 yard field goal, but UCF did get their first stop on third and goal.
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Heavy, heavy pressure and a pair of penalties force UCF to punt on 4th down and 31 to go, which Michigan returns to the UCF 12 yard line. Jake Butt reeled in his second TD of the day on the third play of the drive, another blown third down by UCF deep in their own territory.
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Adrian Killins put the Knights on the board with a long, galloping 87 yard touchdown run down the sideline, tying Coach Kevin Smith’s school record for longest run from scrimmage.
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No. 41 Demeitre Brim was ejected for a questionable targeting call, even after a booth review. He had absolutely annihilated Michigan’s receiver but seemed to lead with his shoulder.
Michigan would need a total of 12 plays to cover their next scoring drive, a 69 yard affair that ended in a 36 yard field goal.
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Justin Holman had to exit the game after an awkward ending to a 35 yard scramble. He wasn’t touched but had his legs crumble underneath him as he started to slide to avoid contact, queuing Nick Patti’s entrance under center.
Patti and company drove to the 31 yard line but were stuffed to set up a 4th and 16, 49 yard field goal attempt. Attempt was blocked under more intense pressure.
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Michigan marched down the field with their first possession. It took all of three minutes and thirteen seconds for the Wolverines to drive 60+ yards before forcing a one yard touchdown run.
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The ensuing kickoff was booted high and shallow, prompting a UCF fumble on the recovery. Michigan took advantage to the tune of a short field goal.
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Nick Patti had an excellent heads up 26 yard scramble on a broken play to set up Dontravious Wilson on the Knights’ next possession. Wilson took the rock to the end zone with a 34 yard run of his own.
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UCF was able to force a turnover-on-downs when Michigan fumbled their next punt attempt, but never made it past the 35 yard line. A failed 4th down conversion gave the Wolverines quick possession, but ended in a quick three-and-out.
Michigan continued to pour it on long after this game was decided. A 30 yard pass from Speith put the Wolverines in the end zone once again.
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