DALLAS (FWAA) – The UCF Knights dominated the final three quarters with 35 unanswered points and rolled to a 38-13 win over Cincinnati with the nation watching in prime time. For extending the nation's longest win streak to 23 games, a school and American Athletic Conference record, and securing the AAC East Division title, UCF (10-0) is the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Nov 17.
This is the second time for UCF to earn the honor that dates to 2002 and the Knights' first since 2013. The announcement came on "Off Campus with Mark Packer" on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday during the season, the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. ET. The FWAA's All-America Committee selects the weekly winner and all Division I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected.
Following a rough start – Cincinnati scored on a strip sack fumble into the end zone on UCF's first play – the Knights found their rhythm as McKenzie Milton ran in for a score and then threw two highlight-reel touchdown tosses to Adrian Killins Jr. (17 yards) and Tre Nixon (36 yards) to post a 21-6 halftime lead. Milton has now thrown a touchdown pass in 23 consecutive games. Defensively, Titus Davis had sacks on back-to-back plays in the second quarter and three for the game – the first UCF player with three sacks in a game since 2016. The Knights also forced at least one turnover for a 29th consecutive game dating back to the 2016 season, a streak that leads the nation.
"This whole weekend is just a great opportunity," head coach Josh Heupel said of having ESPN's College GameDay in attendance plus the prime time audience. "I think it's the first time (some) of the people have gotten a chance to really see what our university is all about – the size of it, the energy and the passion from our fan base, what a game-day atmosphere looks like inside of our stadium. This is big-time football. I think everybody saw that tonight. Hopefully people enjoyed what they saw."
The other National Team of the Week nominee for the weekend of Nov. 17 was:
• Utah (8-3): The Utes won the Pac-12 South Division title for the first time with a resounding 30-7 win at Colorado, scoring the final 30 points. Utah rolled up 390 total yards and held Colorado to 196, including only 34 on the ground. Jaylen Dixon had a career-high 125 receiving yards and a touchdown. Utah has never played in a conference championship game dating back to its membership in the Mountain West and Western Athletic Conference.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. Members of the 12-person FWAA All-America Committee – plus one fan vote from Twitter – decide the weekly honor.