ORLANDO— Justin Holman threw for two touchdowns and ran in another, and Matthew Wright kicked a career-best four field goals as UCF plowed past South Carolina State 38-0 on Saturday to break a 13-game losing streak dating to 2014.
Scott Frost, hired to replace George O'Leary as Knights coach in the offseason, oversaw UCF's first victory since a 32-30 win over East Carolina on Dec. 4, 2014.
Holman was 14-of-28 for 193 yards and picked up another 40 on the ground, including a 10-yard keeper he ran in for the game's first touchdown. He later hauled in a 24-yard pass from receiver Tristan Payton, which set up his 37-yard TD strike to Tre'Quan Smith on the next play.
Dontravious Wilson punched in a touchdown from the 1, and Payton cemented the final score with a 5-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
Caleb York threw for 134 yards for the Division I-AA Bulldogs.
Navy 52, Fordham 16: Malcolm Perry marched into the stadium wearing his Navy dress whites. Plucked from the stands at halftime, he wound up in a much different uniform. Navy found an unlikely replacement after starting quarterback Tago Smith was injured, with Perry running seven times for 30 yards to help beat the visiting Rams. "It wasn't planned for me to even dress today," Perry said. "…I was just watching the game and Tago went down." Smith went down with a knee injury in the second quarter and his backup, Newsome High grad Will Worth, threw for 78 yards, ran for 22 and had two scores.
SMU 34, North Texas 21: Courtland Sutton caught only four passes for the visiting Mustangs but three went for touchdowns.
E. Carolina 52, W. Car. 7: Phillip Nelson was 28-of-32 for 398 yards and five scores, as the host Pirates routed their I-AA foe.
Memphis 35, SE Mo. State 17: Riley Ferguson threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns for the host Tigers.
Tulsa 45, San Jose St. 10: D'Angelo Brewer ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns for the host Golden Hurricane.