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ORLANDO, Fla. -- As much as they have tried, the UCF Knights have not been able to completely separate themselves from last seasons disastrous 0-12 record.Its always seems to come up.The Knights are 6-6 under first-year coach Scott Frost entering the AutoNation Cure Bowl against Arkansas State on Saturday just a few miles from their campus at Camping World Stadium.I think its exciting for the university to get back to a bowl game, its great that its here in Orlando, Frost said Thursday. We hope last year was a blip on the radar for UCF. I think we are heading in the right direction, there is no doubt about that.The results this season would certainly seem to support Frosts belief. Aside from a blowout loss at Michigan in the second game of the season and a 17-point defeat on the road to American Athletic Conference rival USF in the regular season finale, the Knights were within a realistic shot of a 10-win season.If that doesnt show the growth of the program from a season ago, junior left tackle Aaron Evans isnt sure what does.If you look at our record yeah, we are 6-6 but multiple games were lost in the last minute, he said. We could have had a 10-2 season. We were so close to having a really, really good season.The UCF players all credit Frost, who has won his team over by embracing the players he inherited and showing a trust and believe in them. While has turned to some freshmen like quarterback McKenzie Milton and running back Jawon Hamilton, he has continue to rely on veteran players such as senior running back Dontravious Wilson, junior defensive tackle Tony Guerad and senior linebacker Mark Rucker, who leads the team in tackles (88) as a first-time starter.He brought back the fun in the game, Rucker said. Last year it wasnt that fun to play, but this year we have a swag about ourselves. The defense and the offense are both having fun.Evans admits initially he was hesitant to trust Frost. But his genuine nature and willingness to connect with the players won Evans and his teammates over well before his high-octane offense did.He has really made a huge effort to establish a relationship with each and every one of us, Evans said. I think that has translated into how we played this year, how the team is growing. Its been fun. Hes laid back, hes very dedicated, hes diligent and he pursues excellence all of the time.It hasnt hurt that the Knights have seen the results on the field, too. Now a win over a solid Arkansas State team that rebounded from a 0-4 start to finish 7-5 and with a share of the Sun Belt Conference title would cement the Knights comeback season.We had a chance to win a bunch of games this year and we won enough to get to a bowl game, Frost said. But I expect our young players to enjoy this success and use this as a springboard to keep on improving. We are on the right track and we are going to keep taking steps in that direction. Kyrie 3 Red . -- The Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin virtual currency for ticket and merchandise purchases. Authentic Kyrie Irving Shoes . Terms of the deal were not immediately available. 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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Brad Kaaya threw for four touchdowns on his 21st birthday, Miami scored a school-record 42 points in the third quarter and the Mark Richt era began with an easy 70-3 win over Florida A&M on Saturday night.The Hurricanes (1-0) had three backs -- Joe Yearby, Mark Walton and Gus Edwards -- all top 100 yards, the first time a Miami trio has done that since 1987. Yearby ran for two scores, Walton and Edwards each ran for one, and seven other Hurricanes reached the end zone.Miami scored touchdowns on 10 of its first 12 possessions.Kaayas four TD throws tied a career-best. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 135 yards.Kenneth Coleman completed nine of 16 passes for 135 yards for the Rattlers (0-1), who lost to Miami for the 10th consecutive time.It was Richts first game leading the Hurricanes. He played at Miami until his graduation in 1982, and spent the previous 15 seasons coaching at Georgia. His team took a 28-3 lead into halftime, then scored touchdowns on all six of its opportunities in the third -- with Edwards going 74 yards for a score as the quarter expired.THE TAKEAWAYFlorida A&M: The Rattlers got plenty of players involved both rushing and receiving, played two quarterbacks and put together a pair of relatively solid drives in the second quarter. In short, plenty of players got experience.Miami: The Hurricanes flirted with matching the schooll-record for points (77 against Savannah State in 2013) and sold more than 60,000 tickets.dddddddddddd Braxton Berrios had a punt return for a touchdown, and the starting linebacker trio of Zach McCloud, Shaq Quarterman and Michael Pinckney -- all true freshmen -- got their college careers off to a flying start. The last trio of Miami backs to top 100 yards in the same game was Leonard Conley, Melvin Bratton and Warren Williams against Cincinnati on Oct. 24, 1987.POLL IMPLICATIONSMiamis drought may be over.The Hurricanes last appeared in the AP Top 25 on Nov. 10, 2013 -- 39 polls ago. Since then, 61 different programs have been ranked. If Miami appears in the poll that will be released Tuesday, itll be the first time the Hurricanes were ranked so early in a season since 2010.UP NEXTFlorida A&M: At Coastal Carolina, Sept. 10. Coastal Carolina beat FAMU 48-3 in 2014. For whatever this is worth, itll be the second straight week the Rattlers visit a school that made the 2016 College World Series -- the Chanticleers won the title.Miami: Host Florida Atlantic, Sept. 10. The Hurricanes are 2-0 all-time against the Owls, though were tested in the first half of last seasons meeting at FAU. Miami has rushed for 6.5 yards per carry in the two games. ' ' '

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