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UCF Knights fall just short in upset attempt against Tulsa

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A last-ditch effort by the UCF Knights fell by the wayside Saturday night, leaving the team short of an upset bid against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Milton Mack’s fourth-and-goal pass from the four fell incomplete with four minutes to play, leaving UCF on the wrong side of a 35-20 defeat.

The Knights, one of the nation’s most improved teams, fell to 6-5 with the loss.

UCF took an 8-0 lead on a 28-yard interception return by D.J. Killings. The game was tied at 14 at the half.

Tulsa scored three touchdowns in the third period, however, including two scoring passes from Dane Evans, to take a 35-14 lead. But UCF came back when Adrian Killins scored. But the Knights’ last chance failed when UCF was stopped at the goal line late in the game.

UCF freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton threw the ball 51 times for 233 yards. Tulsa had 167 yards rushing from D’Angelo Brewer and 163 yards from James Flanders.

UCF tries to finish the year with a winning record next week when it travels to USF.

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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