Coming off a thrilling game against Temple the week before, UCF fans were treated to a more relaxing experience for Homecoming. UCF Football looked like the better team from the start against Navy, eventually taking down the Midshipmen 35-24.
It was the Knights’ 22nd straight win and moved them to 9-0 on the season.
Despite struggling early on last weekend, UCF’s defense looked dominant from the start against Navy. The Midshipmen could barely pick up more than a few yards on each play, and the Knights recovered two fumbles in the first half alone. Navy managed to hit a field goal, but that wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with UCF’s dynamic offense.
Milton had a fantastic first half, completing 11 of his 13 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown pass. He also led the team in first half rushing yards with 61. The Knights went into halftime with a commanding 21-3 lead over the Midshipmen.
In the second half however, UCF’s defense began to struggle more. Navy’s triple option offense kept the Midshipmen on the field for large amounts of time, giving the Knights’ offense few chances to build up a sizeable lead. A Navy touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter cut UCF’s lead to 28-17.
The Knights managed to respond almost immediately. On their first drive of the second half, they moved down the field with ease, and Milton eventually found Dredrick Snelson in the end zone to put UCF up 35-17 with 11 minutes to go in the game. Despite a late touchdown by Navy, UCF managed to hold on to win.
UCF will take on Cincinnati next weekend.