TAMPA — UCF's quest for a second consecutive undefeated season took a substantial hit Friday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.
Knights junior QB McKenzie Milton, a fringe Heisman candidate who has guided the No. 8 Knights to a 23-game win streak, was carted off the field with what appeared to be a serious right knee injury with 11:17 to play in the first half against USF.
Initial social-media reports and still pictures indicated Milton had suffered a discloation.
Milton remained on the ground near the Bulls sidelined after being tackled by Bulls CB Mazzi Wilkins following a 5-yard gain. Doctors treated him several minutes as players from both teams gathered around him.
He pumped his right fist skyward after being carted off; his right leg appeared to be stabilized in a yellow air cast.
Milton, the quarterback for 22 of its 23 consecutive wins, ranks second in the American Athletic Conference in total yardage (318.7 ypg). Regardless of today's outcome, the No. 8 Knights host Memphis — winner of four in a row — in next weekend's AAC title game.
USF, meantime, found itself down a quarterback before kickoff. Junior Blake Barnett, is dealing with shoulder and ankle injuries, and didn't suit up.