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UCF Knights scare Houston, but lose to a big comeback by Cougars

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The improvement of the UCF Knights was evident for the first half Saturday.

The distance yet to travel was clear in the second.

The Houston Cougars scored 28 straight points in the second half, taking a 31-24 comeback win over the UCF Knights. The Cougars outgained Central Florida by more than 200 yards (398-195) in taking the win.

Greg Ward Jr. threw for 240 yards in the comeback. UCF freshman McKenzie Milton threw for only 155 with two interceptions. Central Florida managed only 40 yards on the ground.

UCF receiver Tre’Quan Smith had 13 catches for 137 yards.

UCF took a 21-3 lead on touchdown runs by Adrian Killins (six yards), Dontravious Wilson (one yard) and Jawon Hamilton (28 yards).

The Knights play Tulane next Saturday at 5 p.m. at Bright House Field in the start of a three-game homestand.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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