If you’re a fan of defense, this wasn’t the game for you.
No. 14 UCF and No. 20 Memphis put on a barnburner, with neither team able to stop much of anything. It took overtime, with UCF overcoming Memphis for the American Athletic Conference Championship, 62-55.
After a wild end to regulation, Memphis opened with a delay of game and a first-and-25 to eventually notching a wide-open touchdown, as Anthony Miller settled behind UCF’s zone for the score. UCF answered with a four-play drive for the score. The Knights needed just four plays on their next possession to score yet again, extending their lead to 62-55.
Memphis’ possession came down to a 4th-and-7, the Tigers completed an out route to Anthony Miller for the huge first down. From the Memphis 9-yard line, quarterback Riley Ferguson was pressured and hit, throwing an interception and likely sending UCF to the Peach Bowl.
It was the highest-scoring conference championship game in history.
With just two minutes remaining, and the score knotted at 48, Memphis was bailed out of an 11-yard loss with a delay of game penalty, giving them another shot at the down. Darrell Henderson turned in a 36-yard gain for the first down, putting Memphis well in range of a field goal.
With only 33 seconds remaining, Riley Patterson lined up for a 46-yard field goal, which was blocked by UCF. They were bailed out yet again by a delay of game penalty, which set the kicker up for a 51-yard attempt, and he pushed it left.
The Knights took over with just 28 seconds remaining and really solid field position. Quarterback McKenzie Milton tossed an interception into the middle of the field with nearly no one around.
Memphis took over with 14 seconds remaining on their own 40-yard line, but Ferguson was sacked, ending regulation.
There were big plays aplenty with longs of 48, 50, 66 and 68 yards between the two teams.
The teams ended regulation with a combined 12 touchdowns. UCF turned the ball over four times, and Memphis gave it away just once.