Preparation for launch.

UCF (4-1, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) heads into its sixth annual Space Game with plenty of confidence crushing preseason dark horse SMU in the second half, leading to a 41-19 victory.

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The Knights scored 31 straight points after halftime as John Reece Plumlee had his third 300-yard passing game of the season and Isaiah Bowser scored three times from the ground. The nation’s top red zone defense held SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai without a touchdown pass for the first time in 17 games.

Next, UCF hosts Temple in another primetime game, the Knights’ fourth and final contest of the non-Saturday season. UCF has beaten the Owls five straight and seven of nine all-time.