Another week and another thriller at Spectrum Stadium was the holiday treat that UCF was able to give its 41,433 in attendance a show for the ages. The American Athletic Conference championship became an overtime affair, as UCF and Memphis showcased why each school is in the top five in scoring offense.
The Knights (12-0) rose to the occasion, with Otis Anderson’s one-yard run being the difference in the second overtime and lifting UCF to a 62-55 victory over Memphis Saturday afternoon. It would end up being another big day through the air for Knights quarterback McKenzie Milton, who threw for 494 yards and five touchdowns on 28-of-40 passing.
UCF claimed its third AAC title, but the day became bittersweet as news broke out that Knights coach Scott Frost was tabbed as Nebraska’s next lead man. Frost played quarterback for the Cornhuskers and was a graduate assistant at Nebraska.
”The hard thing about all of this is they should give you time after the season to make decisions, and they don’t. These things happen at the wrong time,” Frost said about taking the Nebraska job. ”The one thing I wasn’t going to do was sacrifice my commitment to this team. I’ve been game planning, coaching and doing the best that I can for these guys and these decisions land on you.”
The 117 points scored between UCF and Memphis is an FBS conference championship record and both combined for nearly 1,500 yards of total offense. What did people expect from the No. 1 and No. 2 scoring offenses in the nation?
Memphis, winless in six trips to Orlando, had to rally from a couple of deficits for the contest to reach overtime. The Tigers (10-2) trailed 17-7 early on and were down 48-34 in the fourth quarter. UCF’s defense couldn’t slow down quarterback Riley Ferguson, who threw for 471 yards and four touchdowns.
The waiting game is on now for UCF, as they wait to hear which bowl game they’ll be selected to play in. The Knights are currently slated to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game against Auburn, who lost 28-7 to Georgia in the SEC championship in Atlanta yesterday evening.