UCF suffers first-ever AAC defeat at hands of UConn

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William Stanback had a career-high 141 yards and two touchdowns in UCF's loss to UConn.

Turnovers can be killer and they were for UCF, as they fell to the UConn Huskies 37-29 on Saturday in East Hartford Connecticut, giving the Knights their first-ever American Athletic Conference loss.

The Huskies went into halftime with a 17-14 lead after a Bobby Puyol hit a 43-yard field goal as time expired to send UConn into the locker room with a three-point lead.

UCF retook the lead early in the third quarter when quarterback Justin Holman hit J.J. Worton for a 73-yard touchdown pass, but UConn would go on to score 20-unanswered points to jump out to a 37-21 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Worton led all wide receivers with 179 yards, one-yard short of his career-high.

The Knights’ rallied late in the game, scoring a on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Holman to Breshad Perriman and then UCF got the two-point conversion to cut the Huskies’ lead to 37-29 with 5:07 remaining in regulation.

UCF recovered the onside kick, giving themselves a chance to tie the game with less than three minutes to go in the game, but turned it over on downs to fall short of the comeback.

UConn’s Wild Huskie was very effective against the Knights’ defense, as Deshon Foxx rushed for 102 yards, mostly from that Wildcat-like formation. UCF’s nationally ranked defense gave up 178 rushing yard, the most they have given up all season.

Holman threw four interceptions in the game, including two in the second half. He finished the game 22-42 for 284 yards and one touchdown to go with his four picks.

The Huskies’ Andrew Adams had three of UConn’s four interceptions, helping win the turnover battle against UCF 4-1.

Knights’ running back William Stanback had a career-high 141 yards on 28 carries for two touchdowns in the game, but UCF had to abandon the running game once they fell behind.

The win gives UConn their first win against an FBS school this season, improving their record to 2-6 for the season, while UCF falls to 5-3 and 3-1 in conference. With ECU’s loss to Temple on Saturday, UCF is still tied with the Pirates at the top of the AAC standings.

UCF will now have a bye week before taking on the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes on Friday, Nov. 14 at Bright House Networks Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST, as the Knights’ again will be featured on ESPN2.