Jacksonville Sports Day

UCF’s Davis Records Career Tackles-for-Loss and Forces a Fumble

Photo Courtesy UCF Sports Information

ORLANDO  – The UCF football team improved to 5-0 on Saturday with a 48-20 victory over visiting SMU. On Monday, the American Athletic Conference named Knights senior Titus Davis the league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

The Knights (5- 0, 2-0 AAC) racked up 541 yards of total offense en route to the four-touchdown victory over the Mustangs (2-4, 1-1).

SMU opened the scoring, taking the opening kickoff and driving for a field goal to go on top 3-0. But the lead was shortlived, as the UCF offense stomped on the gas pedal early.

UCF moved the ball 65 yards in nine plays, capped by a 15-yard Adrian Killins touchdown run to go on top 7-3. UCF kicker Matthew Wright recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Knights great field position at the Mustangs 18-yard line.

Three plays later, QB McKenzie Milton found wideout Dredrick Snelson in the end zone for a 14-yard scoring strike. The Knights drove it 70 yards for a touchdown on their next possession, capped by a 4-yard Otis Anderson touchdown run.

By the end of the first quarter, UCF held a 21-3 advantage. SMU came into the game having allowed just 17 points in the first quarter of its previous five games combined.

Defensively, the Knights held SMU to just 83 yards rushing and just 320 yards total, with 80 of those coming on the Mustangs’ final possession. UCF spent plenty of time in the SMU backfield, racking up 12 tackles-for-loss, including 3.0 from Davis, who also tallied a sack. Nate Evans and Richie Grant led all UCF defenders with eight stops apiece.

It marks the first career Player of the Week honor for Davis, who recorded a career high three tackles-for-loss in the win over the Mustangs. The defensive end added six total tackles, a sack, one quarterback hurry and a forced fumble.

On the season, Davis has totaled 20 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, two sacks and three hurries. He has already accumulated more tackles-for-loss and sacks than he had all of last season.

This is the fourth Player of the Week honor for the Knights this season, as McKenzie Milton has been named Offensive Player of the Week three times in 2018.

Killins Jr. was also recognized for his performance this weekend, earning a spot on The American’s Weekly Honor Roll.

Killins rushed a career-high 20 times for 113 yards and a touchdown in the win over SMU. It marked the first 100-yard game on the ground for any Knight this season.

The Knights enter their sixth game of the season Saturday at Memphis still holding the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 games. A victory over Memphis would extend the streak to 19, which continues to be both a UCF and American Athletic Conference record.

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