University of Central Florida 44, University of Tulsa 25
UCF hosted the C-USA Championship game today at noon for the second time in the three years they have been playing in that conference. The other appearance was in 2005, also against Tulsa, which they lost.
The win gives UCF their first conference championship title in their football program's history. It also guarantees an invitation to the Liberty Bowl, to be held in Memphis on December 29. It is the second bowl game for the Knights.
Four and a half years ago they fired their coach mid-season. Four years ago they started a new program under former Georgia Tech head coach George O'Leary. In 2004 they did not win a single game. In 2005 they won the divisional title in the C-USA and went to the first bowl game in the school's history. Under Caoch O'Leary's guidance, they have built an indoor practice facility on campus, and this Fall they opened the on-campus stadium, ending over 25 years of driving 15 miles to downtown Orlando to play their games in the Citrus Bowl.
UCF is a program establishing itself as the 5th football power in the state of Florida, standing tall along side of perennial powerhouses like Florida, Florida State, and Miami, and joining newcomer USF in making headlines.
I am proud of UCF as my alma mater.