UCF students set attendance record at football season opener

Photo from 2016 opener. Courtesy of UCF Athletics Communications.

Several days before UCF Football’s season opener against FIU, Coach Scott Frost said that he hoped to see a lot of students at the game.

“I want our students to want to come,” he said. “That’s what college football’s all about.”

The students did not disappoint on Thursday night, breaking the school’s student attendance record. Of the 38,063 fans in attendance, 18,756 were students.

“I thought the students showed up in force. I was glad to see it, I could hear them,” Frost said after the game. “We went out and tried to encourage people to come this week and I loved having the students show up … getting the students in the stands means a lot because those are the players’ peers and to see them cheering our guys on is special to me.”

That record-setting crowd got to see one of UCF’s most dominant performances of the last few years. The Knights easily defeated the Panthers 61-17, and scored 40 points in the first half. Sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton had a career game for the Knights, finishing the night with four passing touchdowns and 360 passing yards.

UCF will take on Memphis at home next weekend.

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