Central Florida wide receiver Dredrick Snelson, right, runs for yardage past Memphis defensive back Terrell Carter, center, during the first half of the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Memphis capitalized on the turnover with a scoring drive capped by a Riley Patterson field goal that sent the Tigers into halftime with a 31-24 lead. The No. 14 Knights beat the No. 20 Tigers 62-55, securing a conference title and a New Year's Six bowl bid, likely the Peach Bowl, just two years after going winless.
After a wild end to regulation, Memphis opened with a delay of game and a first-and-25 to eventually notching a wide-open touchdown, as Anthony Miller settled behind UCF's zone for the score.
Memphis totaled 753 yards and averaged 7.6 yards per play. With the victory the Knights will be the highest ranked Group of 5 team in the nation.
There were big plays aplenty with longs of 48, 50, 66 and 68 yards between the two teams. The Knights recovered and scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to seize the momentum. The Knights subsequently threw an interception, and the game went to overtime. Otis Anderson scored for UCF to start the second OT, and the Knights put the game away with a Tre Neal interception. Adrian Killins responded with a two-yard UCF touchdown. Still, news that this is an inevitability dropping as he's on the sidelines coaching UCF in the AAC championship game is less than ideal timing.
The Frost era at UCF may have been short, but it couldn't have gone much better.