Memphis, Tenn. Central Florida wants to be in a BCS automatic-qualifying conference some day. A program that didn’t start playing football until 1979 just burnished its resume in a big way by beating a team from one of those power leagues.
Latavius Murray scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with 9:01 left, and UCF held on to beat Georgia, 10-6, Friday in the Liberty Bowl and cap the best season in school history with the program’s first postseason victory.
The Knights (11-3) had never won more than 10 games in a season and had lost their first three bowl games, including their last visit here in 2007. The Conference USA champs made this win even sweeter by knocking off a Southeastern Conference team in the process, just their second win over that league. The Knights had been 1-13 with the lone win over Alabama in 2000.
“It takes time to get a program going, but I think the depth is there now, and I think we’ll be a solid program next year,” coach George O’Leary said. “It doesn’t happen unless the school makes a commitment.”