The University of Central Florida (12-1, 8-0 American) upset the Baylor (11-2, 8-1 Big 12) Bears on New Year’s Day 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.
Overall, everyone had a feeling that UCF was indeed a good underdog to bet on in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, but nobody expected the Knights to dominate the #6 ranked Baylor Bears. However, UCF did just that and surprised the nation when they overtook college football’s most powerful offense after finishing their first year in the American Athletic Division with a Fiesta Bowl win.
Quarterback Blake Bortles for UCF was 20 of 31 for 301 yards accounting for 4 touchdowns. Bortles led the Knights in their first two drives taking an early 14-point lead in the first quarter letting running back Storm Johnson rush in for the first two touchdowns of the game. Everything seemed to be going right for the Knights on this New Year’s Day. The passing game for UCF was also superb as wide receiver Rannell Hall would add many big plays of his own catching four passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. We predicted that the Baylor defense would be top notch enough to stop the Knights’ unbelievable scoring ability, but Baylor just didn’t have the ability to keep Central Florida from easily running down the field.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty had a decent game as he was 30 of 47 for 356 yards and two touchdowns. However, Central Florida just dug in too deep and tore apart the Baylor defense early in the game leaving the Bears to play catch up the rest of the time. Baylor’s offense took some time to heat up as they tried to close a large 14-point lead by Central Florida. The comeback looked to be on for the Bears, as they pulled even 28-28 in the third quarter. However, UCF scored twice in a row to extend their lead far enough to where Baylor would need an ultimate shift in momentum to win the game. Baylor tried to gain some momentum in the fourth quarter as they were only down by seven, but UCF was too much as Storm Johnson pretty much put the nail on the coffin for Baylor with a 40-yard run for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The Baylor Bears had their best season ever, but so did UCF as they were able to clinch their first-ever BCS win. As we all know don’t ever say never. Central Florida proved that despite being 17-point underdogs there is always a chance to overthrow any favorite. Congratulations to the University of Central Florida on their incredible season, and their Fiesta Bowl victory!
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