Football: Never Leave Early!
a fan of the UCF football program often times feels like you’re
riding a roller coaster of emotions. There’s no better example of
this than the season finale at East Carolina.
now, we know how this script played out: UCF built a lead, watched as
that lead eroded and finished the game with ESPN Sports Center’s
Play of the Day.
of Clutch Football indeed!
to be able to attend in person (and continuing a streak of 18
straight years of attending a UCF road game!), I bundled up for a
night in the 40s, settled in with other black and gold loyalists and
got ready to ride that roller coaster.
went in thinking it was a game we could win. But, when drive after
drive resulted in field goals instead of touchdowns, I’ll admit, I
started to doubt we’d close it out.
for UCF to blow a game, a hallmark of many previous teams, is one UCF
tradition that’s lasted longer than just about any other. The tales
of heartbreak are endless, so many of them that so many of us watched
unfold in person – I won’t soon forget being in the stands that
chilly day at Jordan-Hare Stadium when UCF lost a heart-breaker at
Auburn in the final seconds. We all have a painful road loss or three
seared into our memories.
back to THE
Breshad Perriman’s worthy sequel to J.J. Worton’s “Catch”
last season at Temple.
check out Wikipedia for a moment: A Hail Mary pass is a very long
forward pass in American football, made in desperation with only a
small chance of success, especially at or near the end of a half.
you ever been at a game when a Hail Mary pass propelled your favorite
team to an improbable victory?
like that IT
happened. From the UCF section at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, we couldn’t
really see Perriman haul in that 51-yard Justin Holman pass. But, we
knew when UCF players erupted in joy and we followed suit.
hugged people I did not know. I kept screaming until I was hoarse. My
phone blew up. 59 minutes and 55 seconds of highs and lows and 5
seconds of reluctant anticipation that turned into one of the
greatest moments in UCF football history.
of UCF fans will claim they were there that December day in
Greenville, North Carolina – those of us who were in the stands
know far too many of our fellow Knights fans bolted before the clock
hit 0:00. Plus, a slew of status updates on social media reveal quite
a few Knights turned off the TV or radio when all looked lost.
home the next day, clad in one of my favorite UCF t-shirts, I was
congratulated a couple of times on the win, as if though I’d done
something to contribute to the victory. Then I realized I had: I
didn’t leave early!