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Monday, January 3, 2011

#25 UCF Knights Defeat UGA, Crowned Liberty Bowl Champs

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 00:30

UCF defensive end Bruce Miller screams in celebration as he carries the Liberty Bowl trophy after UCF won the Liberty Bowl game of UCF versus Georgia at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday, December 31, 2010. UCF won the game 10-6.

The #25 UCF Knights (11-3; 8-1 C-USA) defeated the UGA Bulldogs (6-7; 3-5 SEC) 10-6 in the 2010 Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee on New Year’s Eve, bringing the University home its first ever bowl victory. The Knights and Bulldogs relied largely on strong defensive efforts to stifle one another in a slugfest that put few points on the board. The UCF Knights defense held UGA to only 6 points, both coming from field goal scores. UCF was held to 10 points; but their sole touchdown of the game catapulted them above the ‘Dawgs in the final 6 minutes of play. UCF fate laid in the hands of its strong defense for two more UGA possessions. And they succeeded! The Orlando Sentinel summed-up the crazy ending of the game: “It appeared play expired when Georgia redshirt freshman QB Aaron Murray tossed an incomplete pass to Marlon Brown, but the officials put two more seconds on the clock. Murray and the Bulldogs had one more chance to spoil UCF’s magical season. A crowd of UCF defensive backs and linebackers clogged the end zone, while the defensive line charged toward Murray. The Knights all shouted at each other, “Knock it down. Knock it down.” Ultimately, sophomore S Kemal Ishmael batted down Murray’s pass intended for Kris Durham, sealing the UCF win.” Besides their first bowl win, other notables of the 2010 season include: 1) Ending the season ranked for the first-time ever. UCF ranks #25 in the final BCS standings and #24 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and should finish close to #19-#20 by the time final rankings are released after the bowl season. 2) Securing more IA victories than any other program in Florida. 3) Winning the C-USA East Division Championship for the third time in the last five years and winning C-USA for the second time in the last five years. This was a season to remember and we all should be VERY PROUD of our Knights! GO KNIGHTS! Here’s to even more success in 2011!

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