ORLANDO, Fla. – With the College GameDay in the city and a national television audience fitted, gave no. 11 UCF’s best performance for the season, dominating # 24 Cincinnati 38-13 on Saturday night in front of the other
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UCF definitely made its fall once again and won its 23rd straight game while completing the American Athletic Conference East Division and home field advantage in the conference championship on December 1. But what happened on Saturday felt different, and it started with a first look at College GameDay.
The students camped overnight to set up tents and make sure they had their main rows for the live tv show. When the morning began to fill thousands of people and signs the central part of the campus, known as Memory Mall. UCF saw it as an opportunity to showcase the school to a national audience, to clue the rest of the nation to what’s happening in Orlando.
“I think it’s the first time that most people have had the chance to see what our university is about, the size of it, the energy, the passion of our fan base, what a spell-like atmosphere that looks like in our stadium,” says coach Josh Heupel . “This is football in great time. We have amazing players in the field. I think everyone saw it tonight, and again we have a chance to go 1-0 and add another number to our season, and hopefully people thought what they saw. “
The players really enjoyed watching the show from their hotel rooms in Orlando, especially when Lee Corso picked UCF to win.
” To wake up in the morning, do you dream that child, “defensive Joey Connors said.” Putting on the TV because it was in Orlando on UCF’s campus at Memory Mall, that was unrealistic. When Lee Corso picked the knights, the whole corridor broke out. We were out there celebrating the corridor. It was a cool moment for us. “
The players understood that all eyes would be on them when they played Cincinnati, the best team they had faced. UCF had 47,795 fans packed into Spectrum Stadium, and before the kick started, the squad began to swing when the audience jumped.
The noise broke Cincinnati, which required delay of play and false start before she cut off her first snap and had procedure penalty throughout the game because it was so loud.
“Watch guard, every game, tap at my center because he does not can hear his quarterback, that was a big deal for us, “said defensive end Titus Davis, who had three bags and one forced fumla.” With our fans coming out as they did it was amazing. “
UCF’s defense, which has taken part in the criticism of giving up big pieces of lap throughout the season, playing his most complete game and finishing with four bags, seven tackles for loss and two forced fumble. Heupel was not ready to say that this was d a kind of performance that UCF needed at national level, but he pointed to everything the program goes for it.
“This is the most unique story in college football because it is in power to continue building what it will be,” said Heupel. “Blue Blood programs were built in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. We are in the middle of what’s happening here and really proud of how our fans have shown all year round, but certainly today too.”
The winner gave UCF his first over a rated team, but Cincinnati is likely to drop out of the vote Tuesday. Whether it was a big enough profit for UCF to make any progress in the ranking is up to debate.
“I think our conference is a very good conference,” says quarterback McKenzie Milton. “I think there’s a very good team from top to bottom. I’m not just thinking about a program we feel weaker, as a whole conference feels a bit small.”