Last Minute Hail Mary Trumps East Carolina Comeback
Championship week has already begun, with UCF and East Carolina facing off in the AAC title game last night. Early in the college football season, there was talk that East Carolina could be the one to represent the Group of Five in a major bowl game. The Pirates started out hot at 6-1, their only loss coming at the hands of South Carolina. After that loss, they went on a five game winning streak but their great season was tarnished by big losses to Temple and Cincinnati. However, it was enough to put them in the AAC title game where they faced UCF.
UCF went into the fourth quarter up 26-9. East Carolina went on to score three touchdowns, the last one putting them ahead 30-26 with 2:17 left. UCF's 4th-and-20 pass was incomplete, giving the ball back to the Pirates to kneel it out. However, there was a sack on fourth down and UCF got the ball back with 10 seconds to play.
Then this happened:
With that last second Hail Mary pass, UCF took a share of the AAC title. Instead of East Carolina winning the AAC outright, they'll be co-champions for the 2014 season. Both teams will likely be rewarded with a bowl game for their seasons.