UNDEFEATED: UCF beats Memphis in nail-biting AAC championship game

By: Kelly Healey

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The UCF Knights won the American Athletic Conference Championship game Saturday against the Memphis Tigers, guaranteeing their spot in a New Year’s Day bowl game.

 

After a nail-biting four quarters, the Knights tied with the Tigers, taking them into overtime.

 

Within the first few minutes of the game at Spectrum Stadium, UCF scored their first touchdown. The Knights are ranked 12th and are undefeated.

 

 

By halftime, the Knights were down by seven points. However, UCF tied the game only minutes after the start of the 3rd quarter.

 

After tying again in the 4th quarter, the game went into overtime. 

 

Up 62-55, UCF’s Tre Neal nabbed a game-clinching interception in double overtime to finish off Memphis and take home the trophy.

 

 

Many fans Channel 9 spoke with said the season has been incredible.

 

“They really shocked me this season. I was not expecting it. I really wasn't,” fan Tiffany Leyva said. “We had talked about It over the summer that Miami was going to win the whole national championship, but now here we are with UCF.”

 

Former UCF football player, Billy Dayton, said he's proud of his team.

 

“To see us back in a powerful position, and to see us in a better position now, is amazing,” Dayton said. “They always keep you on your toes. You have to be prepared for what's coming.”

 

More than 200 law enforcement officers from different agencies were present.

 

“The great part about football and about this season in college football, particularly, is a parity. So, I mean, every time you go to a game, one team is going to win, one team is going to lose. You have to just enjoy the process,” Dayton said.

 

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