After entering the game as 10-point underdogs, the No. 12 UCF Knights upset the No. 7 Auburn Tigers 34-27 capping off a historic season and finishing as the only undefeated team in the nation.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton did it all as he won the Offensive MVP of the Peach Bowl passing 16/35 for 242 yards and two touchdowns adding 116 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground.
Defensive MVP Shaquem Griffin caused havoc on the field with 1.5 sacks and by applying pressure all night long to Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham who was picked off twice. The first interception came with 5:56 left in the 4th quarter as Chequan Burkett picked off Stidham and scored giving the Knights a 14-point lead. The Tigers quickly scored on the next drive and then had one final chance to tie the game. the Auburn quarterback threw a pass with 24 seconds remaining into the end zone as it landed in the hands of freshman defensive back Antwan Collier and the rest was history.
After the game, the Knights claimed a national championship after the game, even though they were not invited to the College Football Playoff.
“I said on the podium you can go ahead and cancel the playoffs,” Milton said. “I’m not changing my mind.”
Regardless, UCF has certainly shocked the nation with its Peach Bowl victory over Auburn.