Monday, July 16, 2018
Colleges

Scott Frost, UCF cap unbeaten season with Peach Bowl victory

ATLANTA — McKenzie Milton wanted to throw a blanket of 13 wins and no losses over the College Football Playoff.

After UCF capped a perfect season, he suggested it was time to respect the Knights, even if they weren’t invited to the playoff.

Milton threw two touchdowns and ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, leading No. 10 UCF to a 34-27 Peach Bowl win over No. 7 Auburn on Monday.

"I said on the podium you can go ahead and cancel the playoffs," said Milton, the game’s offensive MVP. "I’m not changing my mind."

Lakewood High graduate Shaquem Griffin, who had 12 tackles including 1½ sacks, was defensive MVP.

"There’s no more teams left to beat," Griffin said. "To the College Football Playoff Committee: What more can we do?"

How good was Griffin? Coach Scott Frost said he played "like his dreadlocks were on fire."

UCF (13-0) had to stop a late Auburn comeback. Antwan Collier’s interception in the end zone clinched the win.

The UCF players launched a joyous postgame celebration, rolling around in confetti on the field while wearing T-shirts that read "Champions." Fans chanted "Un-de-feat-ed! Un-de-feat-ed!’’

"We heard someone say that we weren’t supposed to be on the same field as Auburn," defensive lineman Jamiyus Pittman said. "I wonder how that dude feels. I’d love to talk to him."

Frost stayed with the team through the bowl game after accepting an offer to become coach at Nebraska.

"It was the right thing to do to come coach these guys," Frost said. "I’m so happy for these guys."

The Knights thought they deserved a higher ranking after winning the AAC and leading the nation in scoring.

Frost said "it wasn’t right" for UCF to not receive more consideration for the four-team playoff.

"They deserve more credit from the committee than they got," he said. "I was watching (the selection show) every week, the committee sitting in a room and deciding that this two-loss team must be better than UCF because UCF is in the American, or this three-loss team must be better than UCF.

"It looked like a conscious effort to me to make sure that they didn’t have a problem if they put us too high and a couple teams ahead of us lost.’’

Auburn (10-4) was held to 90 yards rushing on 44 carries.

"That was probably the main stat that was disappointing for me," coach Gus Malzahn said.

The Knights sacked Jarrett Stidham six times. Auburn had one sack. "We felt like it was nothing that they were doing specifically," Stidham said. "It was all self-inflicted.’’

After Auburn took a 20-13 lead in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by Kerryon Johnson, Milton threw a 12-yard touchdown to Otis Anderson to tie it. Milton, under pressure, zipped an 8-yard scoring pass to Dredrick Snelson early in the fourth, then Chequan Burkett’s 45-yard interception return for a touchdown pushed the lead to 14.

Milton overcame a slow start after completing 3 of 17 passes for 30 yards in the first half. He completed 16 of 35 passes for 242 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Tigers linebacker Darrell Williams credited Milton with keeping plays alive, but said Auburn "should not have lost this game. We shot ourselves in the foot.’’

   
Comments
Live from SEC media days: Five stories to follow

Live from SEC media days: Five stories to follow

ATLANTA — Good morning from SEC media days, the unofficial kickoff to college football's preseason.The four-day event begins later this morning with commissioner Greg Sankey's address at 11:30. A few things I'll be monitoring over the next...
Updated: 3 hours ago
John Morgan represents ex-Louisville players suing NCAA over vacated national title

John Morgan represents ex-Louisville players suing NCAA over vacated national title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A group of former Louisville men’s basketball players have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization’s vacation of the Cardinals’ 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four. John Morgan, a Florida attorney who ...
Published: 07/11/18
Tim Tebow to join Florida Gators’ ring of honor

Tim Tebow to join Florida Gators’ ring of honor

Florida Gators legend Tim Tebow will become the latest player inducted into UF's ring of honor, the team announced Wednesday.Tebow will be honored on Oct. 6, when UF hosts LSU and when the Gators honor their 2008 national title team at Ben Hill Griff...
Published: 07/11/18
Florida Gators announce non-conference basketball schedule

Florida Gators announce non-conference basketball schedule

The Florida Gators announced their non-conference basketball schedule for the upcoming season.Their home opener is Nov. 9 against Charleston Southern, which also happens to be the football team's opener.The full schedule:Nov. 6: at Florida StateNov. ...
Published: 07/11/18
SEC media days: The story behind Dan Mullen’s sneakers and suits

SEC media days: The story behind Dan Mullen’s sneakers and suits

Dan Mullen didn't think he was making a big fashion statement at SEC media days three years ago.Yes, he was wearing trendy new sneakers — gray Adidas kicks designed by Kanye West. And yes, he paired them with a dark pinstripe suit.But Mull...
Published: 07/11/18
Former Dan Mullen signee Cord Sandberg adds UCF offer; UCLA on radar

Former Dan Mullen signee Cord Sandberg adds UCF offer; UCLA on radar

Former Bradenton Manatee QB Cord Sandberg, who signed to play for first-year Gators coach Dan Mullen in a previous football life, is pondering more substantial offers from other suitors this time around.Sandberg, a lefthander who announced Wednesday ...
Published: 07/06/18
Why Cord Sandberg’s baseball retirement could help Florida Gators football

Why Cord Sandberg’s baseball retirement could help Florida Gators football

Cord Sandberg was in one of the Phillies' minor-league clubhouses in 2016 when former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was drafted by the Cowboys."All the guys in the clubhouse are like, 'Hey, wait a second, Cord, wasn't that supposed to be...
Published: 07/05/18
Ranking every college football game to be played by Florida’s teams

Ranking every college football game to be played by Florida’s teams

With the college football season finally approaching, I ranked each of this season's 78 games involving state teams. The two criteria are the same as last year: How important do I think this game will be, and how exciting is the matchup?78. Arka...
Published: 07/05/18
FSU coach Willie Taggart named one of Western Kentucky’s greats

FSU coach Willie Taggart named one of Western Kentucky’s greats

Florida State coach Willie Taggart received a cool honor late last week.Western Kentucky honored its former star quarterback by putting him on the school's all-century team. Taggart was at Western Kentucky from 1995-98 and was a two-time All-American...
Published: 07/02/18
UT lacrosse player earns Freddie Solomon Community Service Award

UT lacrosse player earns Freddie Solomon Community Service Award

TAMPA — For University of Tampa women’s lacrosse player Megan Sanchez, community service isn’t an obligation.It’s a way of life.Sanchez, from Wesley Chapel High School, was surprised to receive UT’s Freddie Solomon Community Service Award, given by t...
Published: 06/28/18
Updated: 07/02/18