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Shawn Burgess-Becker, an Alabama transfer who converted from defensive back to linebacker, could be one of those players in defensive coordinator Randy Shannon's scheme. Second quarter ECU - Retrieved 6 October Despite the trouble, there were some bright spots, mainly in the running game. Sign up now to receive Sports Illustrated's best content, special offers and much more. UCF Knights

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Linebacker Nate Evans got a little giddy when he was handed his ring, calling it "beautiful. We gotta get another one of these! That preparation and hard work," wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith said of his ring.

The Knights went on to beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl, finishing their season with a record and declaring themselves national champions. Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password.

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Sports Illustrated treats this information with care and respect. For details, review Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Add more favorite teams from the list below based on your geolocation. UCF would also record yards of offense, the most since November 14, against Tulsa, and 6 rushing touchdowns, the most since September 3, against Charleston Southern.

Additionally, the defense, while only recording one turnover, an interception by Drico Johnson, stepped up against FIU, with Shaquem Griffin recording a career-high 2 sacks in the game.

With McKenzie Milton down with an injury, Justin Holman returned as the starting quarterback for this game. After a scoreless first quarter, ECU scored first to go up After taking a halftime lead, UCF scored again to make it 23—7. The Pirates came back by the end of the third, cutting the lead to 23—21, one of their touchdowns coming off a Justin Holman interception. While Holman did struggle, only going and throwing 2 interceptions, the running game was strong with yards, including a yard TD run by Dontravious Wilson, his career long, as well as Jawon Hamilton's first career touchdown and a career-long yard run by Taj McGowan.

The defense made the biggest difference, with three interceptions, two fumbles, as well as recording a safety and a pick six by Brendon Hayes. This was UCF's first conference win since December 4, , their last road meeting against East Carolina, as well as Scott Frost's first conference win as head coach. This is also the first time the Knights scored touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams since November 20, , against Tulane.

Now UCF is down 10—5 in the all-time series versus East Carolina, with the Knights winning 4 of their last 6 games, including their last two match-ups in Greenville. UCF would get off to a great offensive start, taking an early lead. Tre'Quan Smith would catch a yard Touchdown pass just over a minute in the game, Adrian Killins would catch a yard Touchdown pass, and McKenzie Milton would run 63 yards for a touchdown.

From there, UCF would struggle for the rest of the game as Temple's defense would keep the Knights scoreless for the rest of the game. Temple would score a touchdown before halftime cutting UCF's lead to UCF would keep their lead until one second left in the 4th quarter when Temple scored a game-winning touchdown to take a lead.

Temple would stop Adrian Killins in the following kickoff, sealing their win. Coming out from halftime, UCF would score on their first drive with a yard TD pass to Adrian Killins, taking the lead for the first time in the game. After the game, UCF did not accept the trophy for the Civil Conflict rivalry, or even acknowledge it, leaving the trophy at Rentschler Field. Additionally, McKenzie Milton threw for a season high yards and three touchdowns and would go for UCF would get off to another fast start, taking a lead over the Cougars by halftime.

Adrian Killins would score on a 6-yard run, Dontravious Wilson would score on a 1-yard run, and Jawon Hamilton would run for 28 yards for a TD before halftime. The defense would get 3 interceptions and hold Houston to only a field goal.

Coming out of the half, UCF would force another turnover, a fumble, which would lead to UCF scoring a field goal, taking a lead. From there, Houston would storm back and score 28 unanswered points to take a lead and force four turnovers against UCF: This is the second time this year that UCF would lose after taking a large lead. The game, originally scheduled for a 7: The game was moved to November 5 because of the fact that both teams, coincidentally, had scheduled bye weeks for that week.

McKenzie Milton struggled throughout the game only completing 9 out of 20 of his passes and throwing an interception, however he did run for a 1-yd TD taking the lead, , with 7: The defense, however, is where the Knights thrived in this game. In the second half, the defense would completely pulverize the Green Wave, shutting them out. First Drico Johnson would score on a yard fumble return for a TD with 7: Then Shaquill Griffin would score a yard interception return for a TD just a minute after.

At the end of the game, Justin Holman would enter for the first time since East Carolina, and would add the exclamation point for UCF with an yard drive capped off by a 1-yard TD run. Through yet another dominating defensive performance, UCF would win their 6th game, becoming bowl eligible after failing to win a single game last year. This is the second time in UCF history that the Knights would return to a bowl game after going winless the previous year, the other time being in