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The 2018 Peach Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2018, between the UCF Knights and the Auburn Tigers.[4] It was the 50th edition of the Peach Bowl, and the first Peach Bowl to be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, after spending the previous 25 editions in the now demolished Georgia Dome. The 50th Peach Bowl was one of the College Football Playoff New Year's Six bowl games,[5] and was one of the 2017–18 bowl games concluding the 2017 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise, the game was officially known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
CFP New Year’s Six
50th Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
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The field prior to the game
1234 Total
UCF 013714 34
Auburn 33147 27
DateJanuary 1, 2018
Season2017
StadiumMercedes-Benz Stadium
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
MVPMcKenzie Milton (QB, UCF) & Shaquem Griffin (LB, UCF)
FavoriteAuburn by 10.5[2]
RefereeBrandon Cruse (Big XII)
Attendance71,109[3]
PayoutUS$6,000,000 per team
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN and ESPN Radio
AnnouncersDave Flemming, Brock Huard, and Allison Williams (ESPN) Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic (ESPN Radio)
Peach Bowl
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The game was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio.[4]

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TeamsEdit

The two participants for the game were the UCF Knights (automatically qualifying as the highest ranked conference champion team from the "Group of Five" conferences) and the Auburn Tigers.

Entering the game, the Tigers led the all-time series with the Knights, 3–0; the most recent matchup saw the Tigers defeat the Golden Knights (as the Knights were then known as) by a score of 28–10 on November 6, 1999, in Auburn.[6][7]

Game summaryEdit

McKenzie Milton had a breakout game for the UCF Knights with 245 passing yards throwing for two touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Jarrett Stidham had 331 passing yards throwing for one touchdown with two interceptions. UCF had 411 total yards compared to Auburn Tigers 421 total yards. However, the Tigers had three turnovers with Knights only having one. Shaquem Griffin had 12 tackles and one and a half sacks in the win for the Knights. Griffin was later named the game's defensive MVP, with Milton the offensive MVP.[8]

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP UCF AUB
1 7:01 9 43 3:51 AUB 25-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson 0 3
2 11:11 12 48 3:04 UCF 33-yard field goal by Matthew Wright 3 3
2 8:51 2 21 0:47 UCF McKenzie Milton 18-yard touchdown run, Matthew Wright kick good 10 3
2 0:45 15 62 4:16 AUB 45-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson 10 6
2 0:00 15 42 0:45 UCF 45-yard field goal by Matthew Wright 13 6
3 14:05 2 26 0:43 AUB Will Hastings 26-yard touchdown reception from Jarrett Stidham, Daniel Carlson kick good 13 13
3 7:55 10 82 3:37 AUB Kerryon Johnson 4-yard touchdown run, Daniel Carlson kick good 13 20
3 1:30 7 65 2:44 UCF Otis Anderson 12-yard touchdown reception from McKenzie Milton, Matthew Wright kick good 20 20
4 11:36 8 59 3:17 UCF Dredrick Snelson 8-yard touchdown reception from McKenzie Milton, Matthew Wright kick good 27 20
4 5:56 UCF Interception returned 45 yards for touchdown by Chequan Burkett, Matthew Wright kick good 34 20
4 4:12 6 89 1:37 AUB Eli Stove 7-yard touchdown run, Daniel Carlson kick good 34 27
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 34 27

StatisticsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 12 Knights 0 13 7 14 34
No. 7 Tigers 3 3 14 7 27
Statistics UCF AUB
First downs 20 28
Plays–yards 71–411 87–421
Rushes–yards 36–169 44–90
Passing yards 242 331
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 16–35–0 28–43–2
Time of possession 25:45 34:15
Team Category Player Statistics
UCF Passing McKenzie Milton 16/35, 242 yds, 2 TD
Rushing McKenzie Milton 13 car, 116 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Tre'Quan Smith 5 rec, 89 yds
AUB Passing Jarrett Stidham 28/43, 331 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Kerryon Johnson 23 car, 71 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Ryan Davis 8 rec, 47 yds

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Romero, Iliana Limón (December 5, 2017). "Scott Frost to coach UCF in Peach Bowl despite Knights' hire of his replacement". Orlando Sentinel.
  2. ^ "Recap: Central Florida 34, Auburn 27". VegasInsider.com. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl [@CFAPeachBowl] (January 1, 2018). "Today's attendance: 71,109 That's the 19th #CFAPeachBowl sellout in 21 games. THANK YOU, FANS! pic.twitter.com/1TD8SOnbja" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ a b The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the College Football Playoff. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
  5. ^ About the College Football Playoff. ESPN.
  6. ^ "UCF Football 2017 Media Guide" (PDF). UCF Knights. pp. 71–80. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Auburn Football 2017 Media Guide" (PDF). Auburn Tigers. pp. 181–185. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Milton powers No. 10 UCF to 34-27 Peach Bowl win over Auburn". New York Daily News. Associated Press. January 1, 2018.