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Joey Knight’s takeaways from UCF-USF

The injury that silenced a stadium, nice student turnout and an improved Bulls D.
USF fans cheer during the second quarter against rival UCF. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
USF fans cheer during the second quarter against rival UCF. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published Nov. 24, 2018
Updated Nov. 24, 2018

There's no greater buzz kill in sports than a horrific injury, and the gruesome one McKenzie Milton suffered in the first half cast a bit of a pall over Raymond James Stadium. Clearly, something went out of the "War on I-4" atmosphere when Milton was carted off.

Props to the USF students, whose support has been spotty over the years, for turning out on a holiday weekend to cheer a team on a four-game skid. Friday's announced attendance of 57,626 was the second-largest in UCF-USF series history, and USF officials said more than 10,000 students requested tickets.

For the second game in a row, the previously maligned Bulls defense played well enough to win. For a while, in fact, UCF's streak of 23 consecutive games with at least 30 points appeared in peril. Alas, that streak is now at 24, tying the modern-era record (since 1936) held by USF.