Saturday, November 17, 2018
Colleges

Joey Knight’s takeaways from UCF-Memphis

1. Saturday’s game evolved into a pooch-kick primer, for good reason. Memphis’ Tony Pollard, named AAC Special Teams Player of the Year, has four kick returns for touchdowns this season. UCF’s Mike Hughes has two, including a 95-yarder against USF that will haunt Bulls fans into the next millennium. On Saturday, they combined for three returns, none of which went longer than 32 yards.

2. For a conference in dogged pursuit of a beefier TV deal in the next couple of years, the last two weekends have represented a bonanza of sorts. In the wake of the USF-UCF game, which delivered a total live TV audience of 4.7 million viewers (according to ESPN), Saturday’s AAC title game drew an announced crowd of 41,433, largest in this contest’s three-year history. Didn’t hurt that both contests were offensive thrillers shown to a national ABC audience.

3. While Scott Frost delivered a grand finale, Shaquem Griffin may have delivered a grander one. The Lakewood High alumnus’ stat line in his last Spectrum Stadium appearance: six tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery, pass breakup and quarterback hurry. "He’s make a lot of money playing this game," Frost said.

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