UCF football made a crazy run at Chapman Stadium on Friday night. What did we learn about the Knights after they passed the Tulsa Road?
This seemed to be a call much closer to the Knights than the high double-digit gap set by advertisers who were preparing for their showdown at the 11th week in Tulsa. The UCF has experienced a boom in recent weeks, winning its last three games with an average of more than 23 points per game. But few people could have predicted that the Golden Hurricane would eventually come out of the stalemate and draw a thwarted statement from a quality opponent.
Friday night, however, chaos ensued as everything gathered for Philip Montgomery's home team when the Knights pulled out 34-31. With this victory, the Golden Hurricane won its first victory at the American Athletic Conference. More significantly, they have eliminated any lingering chance that the UCF can still hope to play for the title of conference champion and reach a Six Year's Eve game this season.
Now the knights are left to pick up the pieces. They are already eligible for the bowl, and all that remains is to look for the best possible position in the CAA hierarchy. Defending the title of the league they have owned in the past two seasons is now unattainable, as Cincinnati has a three-game cushion on the Knights in conference with this defeat.
So what can UCF get out of this defeat and what did we learn about the Knights and the Golden Hurricane on Friday? Here are three things to remember from the big surprise of Chapman Stadium during the 11th week.