Baylor forced a stop and took over with great field position to narrow the margin to nine after a five-yard TD pass from Shapen to Monaray Baldwin with 9:38 remaining in the game. Caden Jenkins made one of the biggest plays of the game on UCF’s ensuing drive, as he scooped up a fumble and sprinted 72 yards for the scoop-and-score to swing the momentum even more in favor of the Bears.
Clinging to a 35-33 lead, UCF’s offense trotted back on the field looking to swing the momentum but the drive sputtered and the Knights were forced to punt. Baldwin had the big play of the drive with a 36-yard reception that Baylor in field goal range and Isaiah Hankins split the uprights to give the Bears a 36-35 lead.
UCF ran 11 plays for 33 yards on the final drive of the game, but without the benefit of a timeout the Knights were forced to try a long field goal as time expired and it didn’t have the distance.
Baker led the UCF offense with three catches for 113 yards and a touchdown, while Townsend had four catches for 27 yards and a score. Richardson logged his first 100-yard rushing game of the season with six carries for 105 and a TD, while RJ Harvey has 21 rushes for 95 yards. McClain was 13-of-25 for 234 yards with two touchdowns.
Defensively, captain Jason Johnson headlined the group with 15 tackles, the third most by any Big 12 player this season. Lee Hunter tallied a career-high nine stops, while Demari Henderson charted seven tackles, which was also a career high. Tre’mon Morris-Brash recorded six tackles, highlighted by three tackles for loss and two sacks.
“I just told the team that it’s a tough loss and a game that we let it get away. I think everybody sees
that and everybody knows that. We gotta find a way to put this behind us. We got a lot of champions in that locker room and I’m confident we’ll do that.”
UCF will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 7, as the Knights make a return trip to the state of Kansas. The Black and Gold battle No. 24 Kansas at 4 p.m. on Fox from David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.