Fiesta Bowl: 3 takeaways from LSU's win over UCF

No. 7 UCF faces No. 11 LSU in marquee Fiesta Bowl

No. 7 UCF faces No. 11 LSU in marquee Fiesta Bowl

It was the most memorable play of Tuesday's PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, the hit that ignited No. 11 LSU to a 40-32 win against No. 8 UCF at State Farm Stadium, even though it left the Tigers' quarterback flat on his back, looking up at this facility's retractable roof. A two-time AAC player of the year, Milton threw for 2,663 yards and 25 touchdowns with six interceptions before the injury.

The Knights were third nationally in total yards with 545.4 per game and fifth with 44.2 points per game.

UCF: Star quarterback McKenzie Milton went down with a gruesome leg injury in the win over South Florida on November 23, but backup Darriel Mack lit up Memphis in the AAC Championship Game to the tune of 348 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, 59 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.

RUNNING TIGERS: LSU may not be the most explosive offense in college football, but it does have two solid running options.

Oklahoma Sooners' defense stunned Alabama Crimson Tide's fast start
Compared with that season, the first game of the semifinal doubleheader was up 5 percent and the second game was up 4 percent. Following redshirt freshman Joseph Bulovas' extra point the Tide held a 7-0 advantage with 11:54 left in the opening quarter.

The Tigers roared back behind Burrow and their disruptive defensive front. However, LSU's front four have limited opponents to just 4.86 yards per game.

"As much as I hate bowl games (instead of playoff games), the instances where we get a David vs. Goliath matchup like this are just really, really tasty".

UCF entered the New Year's Six bowl with a 25-game winning streak dating back to the 2016 season. And you know the Tigers are going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Darriel Mack their blitz packages to try to induce turnovers. Burrow will work off play-action well, spread the ball around to his receivers and make the Knights first loss in more than two years as slow and painful as possible.

Of course there is a huge asterisk attached to this pick. UCF is hugely motivated to beat another SEC team and prove their worth after getting snubbed by the playoff selection committee once again.

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