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UCF’s defense steals game with big effort against Tulane

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The defense of the UCF Knights wasn’t satisfied with simply keeping Tulane off of the scoreboard.

The defense wanted some points of its own.

Central Florida scored three times on defense to overtake the Tulane Green Waves in Saturday’s 37-6 victory. Drico Johnson returned a fumble recovery 30 yards for one score and an interception 86 yards. Shaquill Griffin returned an interception 33 yards for a score.

Our defense and defensive coaching staff deserve a lot of credit for what they’ve done this year,” head coach Scott Frost said. “They were dominant tonight in all phases on defense. The staff and players on defense did an unbelievable job. I tip my hat to Coach (Erik) Chinander and his guys. It was a great win for the program.”

Quarterbacks McKenzie Milton and Justin Holman each ran in a score for one yard.

The Knights started slowly, trailing 6-0 after a period. UFC totalled only 297 yards on the evening.

UCF is home next week against Cincinnati.

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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