Milton: We Should Have Beaten Auburn By Three Touchdowns

UCF beat Auburn 34-27 in the Peach Bowl last season, but quarterback McKenzie Milton says the Knights didn't play their best game

Tiki and Tierney
October 03, 2018 - 8:49 pm

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UCF went 13-0 last season and beat Auburn, 34-27, in the Peach Bowl. It was an impressive win – so impressive that the Knights crowned themselves national champions.

“It means a lot having a school that believes in our program like that,” UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton said on Tiki and Tierney. “I think it was more of just an expression of how we didn’t have that opportunity and how we would like to have the opportunity if we perform well enough during the season to try to make the playoffs and just have a chance to compete.”

Alabama, of course, won the national championship last season, but the Tide’s only loss was to Auburn. 

UCF’s win wasn’t a down-to-the-wire fluke, either. The Knights led 13-6 at halftime and 34-20 with less than five minutes go in the fourth quarter.

“In all honesty, we didn’t play our best game,” Milton said. ‘I thought we should have beat them by three touchdowns. We outplayed them. Our defense played with their hair on fire. Shaquem Griffin had like five sacks.”

Actually, he had 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 12 total tackles.

“It wasn’t our best game,” Milton said. “I thought we played below average, especially on offense. But I definitely think the better team won.”

While Scott Frost left for Nebraska at the end of the season, new coach Josh Heupel has the No. 12 Knights (4-0) clicking on all cylinders. Heupel, 40, previously served as offensive coordinator at Missouri. 

“I think the vibe is definitely still the same,” said Milton, who has thrown for 1,223 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions this season. ”They’re both young, ambitious head coaches. The only difference is scheme, really. But at the same time, it’s still football. It’s still a spread offense. There’s just little tweaks and nuances in each offense. But we kept some of the stuff that we were good at last year, which I thought was a great move by Coach Heupel. He brought some stuff that they were good at at Mizzou as well. So it’s been a good blend of both.”

UCF will go for its 18th straight win this Saturday against SMU (2-3). Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET.