2018 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game

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2018 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game
4th AAC Championship Game
2018 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game Logo.svg
Championship Game Logo
1234 Total
Memphis 241430 41
UCF 7141421 56
DateDecember 1, 2018
Season2018
StadiumSpectrum Stadium
LocationOrlando, FL
MVPDarriel Mack Jr., QB, UCF
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
AnnouncersBob Wischusen (Play-By-Play)
Brock Huard (Analyst)
Allison Williams (Sidelines)
American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game
 < 2017  2019
2018 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 11 UCF x$   8 0         12 1  
Temple   7 1         8 5  
No. 24 Cincinnati   6 2         11 2  
South Florida   3 5         7 6  
East Carolina   1 7         3 9  
UConn   0 8         1 11  
West Division
Memphis xy   5 3         8 6  
Houston x   5 3         8 5  
Tulane x   5 3         7 6  
SMU   4 4         5 7  
Navy   2 6         3 10  
Tulsa   2 6         3 9  
Championship: UCF 56, Memphis 41
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of October 14, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2018 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game was an NCAA Division I college football conference championship game for the American Athletic Conference (AAC) played on December 1, 2018.[1] It was the 4th American Athletic Conference Championship, and was played at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida.[2]

Teams[edit]

Memphis[edit]

Under the leadership of third-year head coach Mike Norvell, the Memphis Tigers entered the American Championship with a record of 8–4, 5–3 in conference play. They started the season 3–2, with both losses in-conference (at Navy, at Tulane). They rebounded by annihilating Connecticut at home, but then lost to No. 10 UCF. Following a non-conference loss the following week, the Tigers improved on their 4–4 record by winning all four of their remaining games, giving them a four-game win streak coming into their American title game rematch with the Knights.

UCF[edit]

With first-year head coach Josh Heupel at the helm, the No. 7 Knights entered the American title game riding a 24-game win streak dating back to the start of their 2017 season. Prior to the contest, their record stood at 11–0, 8–0 in conference play. The Knights opened the season ranked 21st in the AP poll, but steadily improved with wins over Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Temple, No. 19 Cincinnati, and South Florida. The Knights entered the AAC Championship with a 12–1 record all-time against the Tigers; Memphis won their first meeting in 1990 and UCF took every matchup since. However, they faced a potentially devastating blow when the quarterback who had led them through their ongoing winning streak, McKenzie Milton, suffered a catastrophic knee injury in the South Florida game.

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP MEM UCF
1 13:13 4 77 1:47 MEM Darrell Henderson 62-yard touchdown run, Riley Patterson kick good 7 0
1 11:55 2 27 0:29 MEM Darrell Henderson 12-yard touchdown run, Riley Patterson kick good 14 0
1 9:48 7 65 2:07 UCF Greg McCrae 14-yard touchdown run, Matthew Wright kick good 14 7
1 8:22 3 76 1:26 MEM Patrick Taylor 70-yard touchdown run, Riley Patterson kick good 21 7
1 1:30 11 32 4:58 MEM 36-yard field goal by Riley Patterson 24 7
2 11:52 UCF Fumble recovery returned 0 yards for touchdown by Michael Colubiale, Matthew Wright kick good 24 14
2 11:24 2 81 0:28 MEM Darrell Henderson 82-yard touchdown run, Riley Patterson kick good 31 14
2 2:41 4 94 1:04 UCF Jake Hescock 4-yard touchdown reception from Darriel Mack, Jr., Matthew Wright kick good 31 21
2 0:21 5 31 1:29 MEM Sean Dykes 4-yard touchdown reception from Darrell Henderson, Riley Patterson kick good 38 21
3 12:21 7 79 2:39 UCF Otis Anderson 54-yard touchdown reception from Darriel Mack, Jr., Matthew Wright kick good 38 28
3 6:55 8 45 3:24 UCF Darriel Mack, Jr. 4-yard touchdown run, Matthew Wright kick good 38 35
3 2:13 11 78 4:42 MEM 19-yard field goal by Riley Patterson 41 35
4 14:28 8 76 2:45 UCF Darriel Mack, Jr. 2-yard touchdown run, Matthew Wright kick good 41 42
4 6:37 8 71 2:49 UCF Darriel Mack, Jr. 2-yard touchdown run, Matthew Wright kick good 41 49
4 2:29 8 82 2:37 UCF Darriel Mack, Jr. 5-yard touchdown run, Matthew Wright kick good 41 56
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 41 56

Statistics[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 24 14 3 0 41
No. 7 Knights 7 14 14 21 56
UCF celebrates their victory over Memphis in the AAC Championship Game.
Statistics MEM UCF
First downs 23 34
Plays–yards 75–583 90–698
Rushes–yards 45–401 62–350
Passing yards 182 348
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 18–30–1 19–28–0
Time of possession 31:12 28:48
Team Category Player Statistics
Memphis Passing Brady White 17/29, 178 yds, 1 INT
Rushing Darrell Henderson 16 car, 210 yds, 3 TD
Receiving Patrick Taylor 4 rec, 23 yds
UCF Passing Darriel Mack, Jr. 19/27, 348 yds, 2 TD
Rushing Greg McCrae 24 car, 208 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Gabriel Davis 6 rec, 101 yds

References[edit]

Media related to 2018 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "American Athletic Conference – The American Announces 2018 Football Schedule". theamerican.org. American Athletic Conference. February 13, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "American Athletic Conference – 2018–19 Championships Schedule". theamerican.org. American Athletic Conference. Retrieved August 27, 2018.