After UCF upset win at Penn State two weeks ago, the Knights entered Saturday's matchup with No. 12 South Carolina confident the could compete with a ranked Southeastern Conference heavyweight.
For a half the Knights proved they were ready, and then they spent the final 30 minutes showing why they aren't quite there yet.
UCF had four turnovers, two leading to Gamecocks scores, and a late rally came up short in a 28-25 loss on Saturday.
''If you turn the ball over like we did, it's going to be harder to stay in games,'' Knights' coach George O'Leary said. ''I can't say it got away...We have a lot of young kids and we can't sustain on turnovers and short fields. When you have a chance to make plays you have to make them, and we didn't make enough plays in the second half.''
Gamecocks' running back Mike Davis rushed 26 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns. He picked up the slack for an offense that played the final three quarters without starting quarterback Connor Shaw. He lef...