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Monday, December 8, 2014

UCF Knights Defeat ECU In Thrilling Finale, Earn Conference Championship and Bitcoin Bowl Bid

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:44

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The UCF Knights (9-3; 7-1 AAC) made HUGE national headlines on Thursday in their literal last-second defeat of the Pirates of East Carolina (8-4; 5-3 AAC) 32-30 in a nationally-televised matchup on ESPN in Greenville, North Carolina. The Knights’ victory came after what could only be called a complete fourth-quarter meltdown. UCF was in the lead 26-9 when the Pirates rallied back hard to score three back-to-back touchdowns. ECU was poised to win the game 30-26 and ran the clock down to just :10 before kicking the ball back to the Knights for their final drive of the game. Determined to never give-up, UCF’s quarterback Justin Holman hit Josh Reese for a 14-yard gain before setting up the 51-yard bomb of a hail Mary pass to receive Reshad Perriman, who reached over the hands of 3 ECU defenders and marched right into the end zone to give the Knights their winning score. The win resulted in UCF sharing the title of American Athletic Conference Football Champion with the University of Cincinnati Bearcats and Memphis Tigers (due to only having 10 team members, the AAC is ineligible to hold¬†a conference championship game). On Sunday evening, UCF accepted an official invite to participate in the 2014 Bitcoin Bowl in St. Petersburg. That game will start at 8pm on December 26th and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Below, check-out Justin Holman’s breath-taking hail Mary pass to Reshad Perriman, sealing the Knights’ victory against ECU and their crown as AAC Football co-Champions:

 

Photo Courtesy Orlando Sentinel.

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