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Monday, December 9, 2013

With Win Against SMU, #15 UCF Knights Sole American Champ, Earn Spot in Fiesta Bowl

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:48


The UCF Knights (11-1; 8-0 AAC) took care of their final piece of business of the regular season on Saturday, defeating the Mustangs of SMU (5-7; 4-4 AAC) 17-13 on an 18-degree frigidly cold day in Dallas, TX. Due to the freezing temperatures, only about 1,000 fans attended the game, many of whom were Knights. UCF struggled offensively during the first half; and an early turnover by receiver Jeff Godfrey one the first drive of the second half made the Knights look sloppy and unprepared. But, as they’ve shown all season, UCF would not back down. In all, the Knights held the Mustangs on three 4th down attempts; and they scored a late interception that would seal their win. Knights’ quarterback Blake Bortles, who moved up to a first round draft pick on ESPN’s Brian Griese’s NFL quarterback prospect list, threw for a total of 242 yards and ran for two touchdowns. With the win, UCF sealed their fate as the sole Champions of the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference. UCF landed the #15 spot in the final BCS, Associated Press, and Coaches’ Poll rankings of the regular season. The Knights also learned Sunday that they would be celebrating New Year’s day fighting the Bears of Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ, marking their first ever BCS bowl appearance. #6 Baylor (11-1; 8-1 Big 12) was named the Big 12 Champion on Saturday after their 30-10 victory over the Texas Longhorns. UCF vs. Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is set for 8:30pm on Wednesday January 1st. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. Below, watch video highlights of UCF’s victory over SMU:

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