UCF 62, Memphis 55: 5 Thoughts On Conference USA Championship

UCF 62, Memphis 55: 5 Thoughts On Conference USA Championship

Week 14

UCF 62, Memphis 55: 5 Thoughts On Conference USA Championship

In a phenomenal game, UCF pulls off a thriller over Memphis to take the American Athletic Conference championship.

Game Preview & Prediction
Final Score: UCF 62, Memphis 55 2OT
Prediction: Memphis 48, UCF 45
UCF -7, o/u: 81

5. Are you not entertained?

Who wants defense? That’s about as much fun as a college football game can get, with wild mood swings, a ton of offense, lots of big plays, and those dudes leaving it all out on the field in shootout of epic proportions.

The final tally? 1,479 yards of total offense, 117 points, six turnovers, 22 penalties, and heroic effort after heroic effort.

The UCF crowd was insane, the stadium was rocking, and everything was perfect for a brilliant early game that set the tone for Championship Saturday.

Who cares that this wasn’t one of the College Football Playoff quarterfinal games?

That … was … awesome.

4. Riley Ferguson and Anthony Miller were pretty good

It’s so, so wrong that the game ended on a Riley Ferguson interception as he tried to make something big happen.

He came through time and again to bring the team back, completing 30-of-42 passes for 471 yards and four scores with a pick. And it helped a little bit to have Anthony Miller to throw to.

Miller was unstoppable, catching 14 passes for 195 yards and three scores, Sean Dykes caught three passes for 161 yards, and two Tigers ran for over 100 yards.

That … was … awesome.

3. McKenzie Milton did everything, including winning a title

He started the year bombing away on FIU, and ended the regular season with 494 yards, five touchdowns, 64 rushing yards and a score. McKenzie Milton might have thrown three picks, but he always kept the offense pressing. He always managed to come through with a brilliant scoring drive when he had to.

Memphis scored first in overtime? Whatever … march down, run the option, touchdown. He led the way to the second overtime touchdown, kept the pressure on, and boom.

12-0, American Athletic championship, New Year’s Six Bowl.

That … was … awesome.

2. Scott Frost and Mike Norvell are good at coaching

Isn’t that what you’re looking for, Nebraska? Don’t you want a fun, exciting team that gets the crowd fired up and is a thrill ride each and every week? That team plays hard, that team loves its coach, and that team managed to find ways to get the job done ever week.

Isn’t that what you’re looking for, Arkansas/Florida State/Virginia Tech? Don’t you want a fun, exciting team that keeps pressing, keep pressing, keeps pressing, and puts up gonzo offensive numbers?

Okay, so a little defense will have to rise up and rock along the way, but these two showed why they’re among the most fun, vibrant coaches going. There’s a reason why everyone wants them.

They … were … awesome.

1. That … was … awesome

The American Athletic Conference is trying. It’s pushing to make itself part of the Power Six, and it’s trying to make a whole lot more noise in the College Football Playoff chase, but it’s been hard.

But with an exciting brand of football, and now being firmly established as a conference that cranks up coaching stars, big offenses, and lots of reasons to watch, this was the showcase game it needed.

And then it’s going to lose some of those star coaches. But for now, this was … awesome.

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