Tampa Bay Sports Day

AAC: UCF Finishes 2017 Undefeated at 12-0; Frost Leaves for Nebraska

ORLANDO – The UCF football team finished off its perfect season with an exhilarating 62-55 overtime victory over Memphis Saturday afternoon at Spectrum Stadium. The Knights capped 2017 with their third American Athletic Conference Championship, finishing undefeated at 12-0.

“I will remember that for a long time,” UCF head coach Scott Frost said after the game. “I couldn’t see anything because of the confetti, but that’s not my trophy. That’s their trophy. It’s a proud moment for me, but I wanted to get that trophy in these guys’ hands as fast as I could.”

Following the game UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White has announced that Frost has stepped down from his position as head football coach with the Knights.  Frost es expected to become the next head coach at  Nebraska, where he played QB.

“I would like to thank Scott and his wife Ashley for their contributions to UCF. There is no question Scott and his staff did an outstanding job of restoring our football program to where it should be. We have many competitive advantages here at UCF. This is a special place and I am as excited as ever about our bright future,” White said. “I’ve informed the team that Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters will serve as interim head coach.”

UCF (12-0) came into Saturday’s championship game as the number one scoring team in the nation. Memphis (10-2) was ranked second. Neither offense disappointed on the biggest of stages, going toe-to-toe every step of the way.

The two teams combined for 1,479 yards of total offense and 117 points.

UCF’s largest lead was 14 points, at 48-34, early in the fourth quarter. Memphis, meanwhile, led by seven…twice.

The Knights’ final seven-point lead, however, was the one that mattered. After Otis Anderson found the end zone on a one-yard run to give UCF a 62-55 lead on its second possession of overtime, the defense needed to make one final stop against the explosive Memphis offense.

On second down, from the nine-yard line, Tre Neal intercepted Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson in the end zone to seal the victory for the Knights.

“This has truly been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made. I’m very proud of what this group of student-athletes and coaches has accomplished during my tenure at UCF,” Frost said.The Knights should be in the conversation for the American Athletic Conference championship year in and year out. UCF should be a Top 25 program year in and year out. I believe this program is well on its way to establishing that level of success. The next head coach at UCF is inheriting an incredible group of young men and is more fortunate than he probably knows to be working at this place.”