There will be no undefeated season or National Championship debate for Central Florida this year after LSU stopped the Knights 25-game win streak with a 40-32 win in the Fiesta Bowl. Central Florida jumped out to a 14-3 lead early thanks to a pick-six but was dominated the rest of the way by the Tiger’s big physical offensive line. Nick Brossette rushed for 117 yards on 29 carries while quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns. LSU wound up with 44:31 time of possession to just 15:29 for UCF.
The game featured plenty of smack talk between the two teams before and after the game with both teams feeling disrespected. LSU was tired of hearing the UCF whines about being excluded from the playoff and last year’s undefeated UCF season and mythical National Championship. The game was chippy from the outset with three first half ejections. The teams combines for 26 penalties for 249 yards.
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