UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton, a Heisman hopeful, surpassed alumnus Blake Bortles in career passing TDs and touchdowns responsible for at 60 and 76 Saturday afternoon.
The Knights dismantled Pittsburgh 45-14 at home where Milton was responsible for all six touchdowns: QB keeps, chip-in passes, and an explosive 71-yard TD pass from Killins. The Panthers offensive nor defense stood a chance at stopping the Knights from claiming a victory.
Bortles led UCF to its first New Year’s Six bowl as an underdog with only Baylor in the way of history. The 2013 squad (12-1, 8-0) stunned the college football world with a record-setting 52-42 win over the Bears in the Fiesta Bowl. Bortles set multiple career and UCF records that season and went on to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars – the Jaguars would all but make it to the Super Bowl in 2017.
Both Bortles and Milton set the records in three years; Blake would move on to the NFL and Milton began as a freshman in 2016. Daunte Culpepper holds the first place record at 84 touchdowns from his 1995-98 collegiate career.
Milton tied his single-game touchdown record set against Memphis in 2017 with Florida Atlantic in week 4 – three rushing and three passing touchdowns – and with Pitt in week 5: two rushing and four passing touchdowns. In his 11th game over 300 yards, the Heisman hopeful kept pace with his high-scoring offense at 48.75 average points per game this season.
It would be hard not to send an invite, if not the trophy, for Milton to go to New York.