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McKenzie Milton makes first collegiate start for UCF

McKenzie Milton/Courtesy: UCF Athletics McKenzie Milton/Courtesy: UCF Athletics
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Making his first-ever collegiate football start, former Mililani quarterback McKenzie Milton let the football -- and the game -- slip away from him.

Milton, a true freshman who was named Hawaii's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014, lost a fumble in double-overtime against Maryland on Saturday to help the Terrapins beat the Knights, 30-24, at Orlando's Bright House Networks Stadium. 

"I think he was trying to throw it away and it slipped out of his hand and when he released it," said UCF head coach Scott Frost. "It went backwards, so it's considered a fumble."

Despite the turnovers, Central Florida may not have even made it overtime without Milton, who didn't learn until Thursday that he would be making his first career start. He finished the game 21-of-36 for 260 yards and two touchdowns, but did throw an interception and lose two additional fumbles early in the game.

"Of course you have butterflies, it was a packed house in the Bounce House. I don't think I was nervous, but just excited," Milton said after the game. "I thought I made a couple plays, but I think there were too many turnovers."

UCF lost the turnover battle, 4-0, on Saturday, but Frost says there were plenty of positives about his quarterback's play.

"I got about what I thought from McKenzie," said Frost. "He was calm, cool and a heck of a lot of fun to watch and made a lot of great plays."

"[Frost] basically told me to play ball," Milton said, referring to his head coach. "He told me to go play the game and that is what I try to do every game."

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