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Defense leads UCF to win in Scott Frost’s debut

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From the moment he signed on as Central Florida’s new football coach, the talk about Scott Frost has been his high-speed offense.

That was okay in Saturday night’s debut.

It was the defense that really shined, however.

The Knights won their opener, 38-0, over South Carolina State. After last year’s 0-11 results, the win was welcome. The fact that the program looks to be headed in a good direction was even better.

UCF held South Carolina State to only 138 yards passing and only 85 yards rushing. No South Carolina State runner gained more than 38 yards and no receiver more than 37 in their game.

UCF quarterback Justin Holman threw for two scores and ran for a third.

Things get tougher for UCF next week when it plays against Michigan.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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