The Knights led 21-10 after halftime thanks to a strong second quarter performance that including two Latavius Murray touchdown runs of 23 and 20 yards, respectively. UCF then opened the second half with a short field after Rannel Hall's 39-yard kickoff return, with the 55-yard drive that was capped by a 10-yard touchdown run by Blake Bortles.
The SMU offense sputtered in the third quarter, gaining just nine yards total across two drives that included several penalties that pushed the team backwards. The Knights took advantage, adding another touchdown late in the quarter after Murray caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Godfrey.
Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert, after what had been several strong games in a row, has struggled against the Knights offense. The transfer from Austin is just 10-of-22 in the game for 89 yards and no touchdowns.