MIAMI — Dontravious Wilson had a career-high three touchdowns and McKenzie Milton earned his first career victory as UCF rolled to a 53-14 victory over FIU on Saturday night.
Wilson had touchdown runs of 1, 15 and 12 yards in the first half alone as the Knights bounced back from a disappointing 30-24 double-overtime loss to Maryland last week. He became the first UCF running back with three touchdowns in a game since Storm Johnson in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.
UCF rushed for more than 270 yards, with seven players gaining yards on the ground. The six rushing touchdowns were its most since it had eight in a 62-0 win over Charleston Southern on Sept. 3, 2011.
"Another big improvement for our football team," UCF coach Scott Frost said. "We improved in all three phases. We executed a lot better and did a lot of the little things right and avoided some of the big mistakes. If we keep doing that we're going to give ourselves some chances."
Milton finished the game 8-of-14 passing for 173 yards and a touchdown pass while adding 28 yards on the ground. He left the game in the middle of the third quarter after taking a hit. Nick Patti stepped in and led the offense the rest of the way.
"He's going to be fine," Frost said of Milton after the game. "Right about when that happened, we were getting guys out of the game. It was great to see Nick Patti come in and he played a really good game. It makes me feel better about our quarterback position moving forward."
UCF took the lead for good after a 59-yard, 11-play opening drive capped by Wilson's 1-yard touchdown run.
NO. 6 HOUSTON 64, TEXAS ST. 3: D'Eriq King caught a touchdown, threw a TD and returned a kickoff for another score for the visiting Cougars. King, a freshman recruited to play quarterback, is playing at wide receiver while Houston star Greg Ward Jr. directs the offense.
SYRACUSE 31, UCONN 24: Amba Etta-Tawo caught 12 passes for a school-record 270 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Orange snapped a two-game losing streak. Etta-Tawo scored twice in the first five minutes.
TEMPLE 48, CHARLOTTE 20: Phillip Walker threw two touchdowns as the host Owls used a quick-strike offense in a 28-point second quarter to roll. Walker threw touchdowns of 51 yards to Adonis Jennings and 40 to Brodrick Yancy.
CINCINNATI 27, MIAMI (OHIO) 20: Tion Green ran for 83 yards and a late touchdown, rallying the host Bearcats to their 11th win in a row over the regional rival. Cincinnati pulled it out with a field goal and Green's 2-yard run with 5:09 left.
TULSA 48, FRESNO ST. 41, 2OT: Dane Evans scored on an 18-yard keeper in the second overtime for the visiting Golden Hurricane, which rallied from a 31-0 second-quarter deficit.