Sunday, July 22, 2018
Colleges

Joey Knight’s takeaways from USF-UCF

1. Props to Charlie Strong — and the Bulls veterans — for underplaying USF’s final offensive play, which ended with TE Mitchell Wilcox fumbling while fighting for extra yardage after a catch. "His heart is truly broken," Strong said. "And it’s so hard because he takes it so hard, and it wasn’t his fault." A Tarpon Springs High alumnus, Wilcox finished with three receptions for a season-best 51 yards including a 21-yard scoring catch late in the first half.

2. Clearly, special teams breakdowns will remain as culpable as anything for this 9-2 season and thwarted quest for a conference title. USF had seven kicks blocked in the regular season, and normally steady senior PK Emilio Nadelman shanked a PAT in the first half Friday. Then, of course, there was UCF’s game-winning 95-yard kick return, when Strong had his "victory" kickoff team (mostly defensive players) on the field.

3. How breathtaking was this one? It featured nine — NINE — scoring plays of 20 or more yards, including the last five.

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