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Rapid Recap- UCF outlasts USF to finish 11-0

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In a wild and crazy “Black Friday” showdown, the UCF Knights used a dramatic fourth quarter to finish the regular season with a perfect 11-0 record and win the “War on I-4” over rival USF 49-42.

There was scoring early and often in Orlando and at times, it was tough to keep track of from both teams.

After giving up a Quinton Flowers to Tyre McCants 47 yard catch and fantastic extra effort TD for an early Bulls 7-0 lead, UCF would explode for 21 unanswered points to take command in the first half.

The talents of sophomore McKenzie Milton and his skill players were on full display including this tremendous option pitch:

But, undaunted, the Bulls senior Flowers would lead USF storming back in the second quarter throwing two more TD’s and pulling the Bulls within one:

Flowers had 348 yards passing in the first half breaking the USF record for a single half of play.

But, it only set the stage for the chaotic fourth quarter and finish.

First, the Bulls raced out to a 34-28 lead with Darius Tice scoring from six yards out and then Flowers showed his wheels, on this fantastic score:

However, we weren’t close to done with “Hay-makers” being thrown by both teams like a 15 round Heavyweight  Boxing Title Fight.

First, Milton threw a 48 yard “left hook” TD to Dredrick Snelson to put the Knights back in front  35-34 and then, capped an 80 yard drive and hitting the Bulls with this “uppercut” to Otis Anderson with to give the Knights some cushion:

Milton would finish with 373 yards and 4 TDs in the air on the day.

However, now trailing 42-34, the Bulls got “off the canvas” and Flowers launched missile of his own to Darnell Salomon for 83 yards and a score, to immediately get USF back in it. USF needed and got the two point conversion when Flowers found D’Ernest Johnson for the tying throw.

42-42 with a minute and a half remaining.

Then, with over 47,000 fans holding their breath at Spectrum Stadium and a perfect season hanging in the balance, the Knights Mike Hughes returned the ensuing kickoff weaving through the middle of the USF coverage and 95 yards later, the Bulls were back down by 7.

USF still had one last gasp but a completion from Flowers to Mitchell Wilcox saw UCF’s Ritche Grant strip him of the ball and Chequan Burkett recovered to seal the win and the victory.

Flowers finished with 503 yards passing, and 605 combined yards, both USF all time records. Alas, it was not enough as they finish the regular season 9-2 and await their bowl game.

Meanwhile, UCF finishes the year unbeaten, wins the American Conference East and will now host the West champs, Memphis, next Saturday in Orlando trying to be 12-0.

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