UCF's wild double overtime 62-55 victory over high-powered Memphis in the AAC Championship Game closed the books on a 12-0 season as the Knights prepare for their bowl game, which will likely be the Peach Bowl against an at-large power-conference team. Mistakes almost doomed the Knights, but they outlasted Memphis in a thriller that was much closer than the teams' first meeting - a 40-13 UCF win in September.
With just two minutes remaining, and the score knotted at 48, Memphis was bailed out of an 11-yard loss with a delay of game penalty, giving them another shot at the down.
Memphis' possession came down to a 4th-and-7, the Tigers completed an out route to Anthony Miller for the huge first down.
Miller caught 14 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Two years later, under coach Scott Frost's direction, the Knights are 12-0, the only undefeated team in the FBS and nearly certainly headed to a New Year's Day game, most likely the Peach Bowl. Memphis matched UCF in offensive explosion and actually led 31-24 at halftime after intercepting Milton twice in the red zone in the second quarter.
McKenzie Milton threw for 494 yards (28 of 40) and five touchdowns as he was named the game's most outstanding player. Milton found his two favorite targets, Dredrick Snelson and Tre'Quan Smith, a combined 15 times for 306 yards and four of those touchdowns. It converted a third-and-14 after a delay of game with a 36-yard Darrell Henderson run, but it stalled and missed a field goal.
NOTES: The Birmingham Bowl is a possible landing spot for Memphis in the postseason. The Knights had 603 total yards in their September win over the Tigers. UCF has scored 30 or more in each of its 12 games this season.