Miami Sports Day

UCF Pounds FIU; Turner Dismissed

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MIAMI  – The UCF football team ripped off 45 unanswered points and rolled to a 53-14 victory over FIU Saturday night at FIU Stadium.

The Knights offense racked up 501 total yards of offense, the most since November 14, 2014 when they rolled to 506 total yards vs. Tulsa. Meanwhile, the UCF defense held FIU to just 11 first downs and 189 total yards. It was the second time UCF has held an opponent under 200 yards this season.

“I could feel this coming,” UCF head coach Scott Frost said. “Our guys have been preparing and improving. I’m really happy for these guys, the effort and work they’ve put in and their attention to detail. It started to show up a lot more tonight and should give us a lot of confidence going in to conference.”

Today FIU football coach Ron Turner was relieved of his duties effective immediately.

“I want to thank Coach Turner for his contributions to the FIU football program, most importantly his commitment to academics and community service,” school spokesman Peter Garcia said. “At this time Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Ron Cooper has been named interim head coach.”

Holding a slim, 8-7 lead late in the first quarter, the Knights’ barrage started when tight end Jordan Akins leapt high to pull in a 21-yard aerial from quarterback McKenzie Milton to make it 15-7.

Matthew Wright booted his sixth field goal of the season early in the second quarter. Less than two minutes later, the Knights reached paydirt again. Drico Johnson returned an interception to the FIU 15-yard line. One play later, Wilson took an option pitch from Milton 15 yards and the Knights led 25-7. Wilson reached the goal line for a third time with 3:36 left in the half, going in from 12 yards out to cap an 87-yard march. UCF led 32-7 at the intermission.

“I told the guys we needed a fast start,” Frost said. “I felt good about this game if we could get out in front. We got out in front and then everything else went well.”

Second-half touchdowns came from Adrian Killins (61-yard run), C.J. Jones (1-yard run) and Nick Patti (9-yard run) before FIU lit the scoreboard again to account for the final tally.

The Knights marched 60 yards in eight plays on the first possession of the game, capped by a one-yard TD run by Wilson. Patti hit Jordan Franks with a scoring pass for the two-point conversion. FIU answered later in the quarter. Following a long punt return, the Panthers’ Anthony Jones scored from six yards out to pull within one point.

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