Central Florida handed SMU its tenth loss in as many games on Saturday, a 53-7 drubbing in the Sunshine State, in the teams’ first meeting since the famed “Ice Bowl” last season.
The Knights’ offense exploded right from kickoff, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter. Quarterback Justin Holman threw two touchdown passes and running back Dontravious Wilson rushed for two scores. Holman’s scores went to J.J. Worton on a 58-yard toss and Breshad Perriman on an 18-yarder. UCF ran 27 plays in the quarter, had 247 yards total offense, committed no turnovers and no penalties en route to its 27-0 first quarter lead.
Holman completed 15 of 22 passes for 228 yards and the two touchdowns as UCF (7-3, 5-1) advanced toward its second straight American Athletic Conference championship. Wilson rushed for 80 yards on 15 carries. His backfield mate, sophomore Micah Reed, rushed 26 times for 112 yards.
SMU had its best offensive performances in its previous two games, but laid an egg in Orlando. The Mustangs committed five turnovers and had only 116 yards of offense and four first downs. The Mustangs intercepted two Holman passes after intercepting two passes in their first nine games, but still allowed 490 yards on the day.
SMU quarterback Matt Davis has his worst start of the season, completing six of 15 passes for 44 yards and an interception, although he rushed for 40 yards an a touchdown. Garrett Krstich replaced him in the second half and fared no better, completing three of seven attempts for 6 yards and a pick.
The Mustangs return home next Friday, Nov. 28 when they host Houston. Kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m. CT. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.