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Flowers, Milton share AAC’s weekly offensive honor

USF's Quinton Flowers and UCF's McKenzie Milton combined 1,034 total yards Friday.
USF senior Quinton Flowers totaled 605 yards Friday at UCF. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
USF senior Quinton Flowers totaled 605 yards Friday at UCF. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
Published Nov. 27, 2017

After standing nearly throw-to-throw with each other for 60 minutes, Bulls QB Quinton Flowers and UCF counterpart McKenzie Milton had combined for 1,034 total yards in Friday's "War on I-4."

So in determining its final Offensive Player of the Week honor for 2017, the American Athletic Conference made what many deemed the only logical choice.

It picked both of them.

Flowers set a new school single-game record with 503 passing yards, and eclipsed his own school single-game mark with 605 total yards in the Bulls' 49-42 loss.

In three career starts against the Knights (two of them victories), Flowers went 55-of-92 for 831 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception; while running for 341 yards and five TDs.

When asked where Flowers ranks among all the college quarterbacks he has faced, Knights OLB Shaquem Griffin said, "Quinton's No. 1 in my book."

"I mean, he's an awesome quarterback. I think people don't give him enough (credit), to be honest. He can run, he can throw, he can make good decisions. He can make a defense turn all eyes to him when it's in the middle of a play, and when you've got a quarterback like that, that's a threat."

Milton finished 29-of-44 for 373 yards, four TDs and one interception Friday, and ran for 56 yards and a TD on 11 carries. He now ranks second in the nation in completion percentage (69.1), passing efficiency (182.9) and yards per attempt (10.32), and is the odds-on favorite to win the AAC's Offensive Player of the Year award.

As for the special teams player of the week? That went to Knights junior Mike Hughes, whose 95-yard kick-return TD with 88 seconds remaining likely will remain embedded in the collective psyche of Bulls fans for the rest of the century.