Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton finished 19-for-31 for 253 yards and three touchdowns and added 88 rushing yards on 11 carries in the Knights’ 40-13 win over Memphis on Saturday.
UCF snuck into the Associated Press Top 25 this week at No. 25, marking its first appearance since winning the Fiesta Bowl to close out the 2013 season ranked No. 10.
“We can’t buy into the hype,” Milton, a 2016 Mililani graduate, told reporters after Saturday’s win. “You can’t get too high or too low. You’re only as good as your last game so we’ve just got to keep working.”
Milton, a 5-foot-11, 177-pound sophomore, tossed three touchdown passes during a 34-0 run that put UCF up 40-7 early in the fourth quarter against the Tigers, who beat UCLA earlier this season.
In the Knights’ three wins this season, Milton has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 791 yards and eight touchdowns to only two picks. He’s also second on the team with 186 rushing yards, averaging 9.3 yards per carry.
UCF (3-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) plays at Cincinnati (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Hawaii time. The game will be shown on ESPU.