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Milton powers No. 10 UCF to 34-27 Peach Bowl win over Auburn

ATLANTA (AP) McKenzie Milton wanted to throw a blanket of 13 wins and no losses over the College Football Playoff.

After Milton and Central Florida capped a perfect season, he suggested it was time to respect the Knights, even if they weren't invited to the playoff.

Milton threw two touchdown passes and ran for 116 yards with another touchdown, leading No. 10 UCF to a 34-27 Peach Bowl win over No. 7 Auburn on Monday.

Then it was time to boast.

''I said on the podium you can go ahead and cancel the playoffs,'' Milton said. ''I'm not changing my mind.''

UCF (13-0) led 34-20 before having to stop a late Auburn comeback. Antwan Collier's interception in the end zone with 24 seconds remaining clinched the win.

The UCF players launched a joyous postgame celebration, rolling around in confetti on the field while wearing T-shirts that read ''Champions.''

The Knights won in their final game with coach Scott Frost, who stayed with the team through the bowl game after accepting an offer to become the new coach at Nebraska , his alma mater. Frost will bring most of his UCF assistants to Nebraska.

''It was the right thing to do to come coach these guys,'' Frost said, holding the game ball. ''I'm not happy for me. I'm so happy for these guys.''

The Knights thought they deserved a higher ranking after winning the American Athletic Conference and leading the nation in scoring. They made a strong statement by beating Auburn (10-4).

Frost said ''it wasn't right'' for UCF to not receive more consideration for the four-team playoff.

''They deserve more credit from the committee than they got,'' he said.

Auburn was held to 90 yards rushing on 44 carries.

''That was probably the main stat that was disappointing for me,'' Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said.

More dominance: The Knights sacked Jarrett Stidham six times. Auburn had only one sack.

After Auburn took a 20-13 lead in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by Kerryon Johnson, Milton threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Otis Anderson to tie the game. Milton, under pressure, zipped an 8-yard scoring pass to Dredrick Snelson early in the fourth to give the Knights the lead.

Chequan Burkett's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown pushed the lead to 14 points.

Auburn suffered its second straight loss at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where it was beaten by Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game one month ago.

Johnson, who said he was almost fully recovered from a late-season shoulder injury, ran for 71 yards.

UCF led 13-6 at halftime despite being held under 14 points at the break for the first time this season.

TROPHIES

Frost lofted the football-shaped Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl trophy before passing it on to his players. Milton was named offensive MVP. Shaquem Griffin, who had 12 tackles including 1 1/2 sacks, was defensive MVP.

TAKEAWAYS

UCF: The Knights passed every test, including on the line of scrimmage, as they proved they could match speed and strength with the Tigers. Milton overcame a slow start after completing only 3 of 17 passes for 30 yards in the first half. He completed 16 of 35 passes for 242 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Auburn: The Tigers couldn't maintain momentum after opening the second half with two touchdowns for a 20-13 lead. Auburn insisted motivation would not be a problem after the crushing loss in the SEC championship game, but after the game, cornerback Javaris Davis said the Knights ''just wanted it more and they came out and played like it.'' Stidham completed 28 of 43 passes for 331 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

UP NEXT

UCF: The Knights will begin a new era with coach Josh Heupel , the former Missouri offensive coordinator. Their opening game has not been set, but they will play at North Carolina on Sept. 15.

Auburn: The Tigers will return for their third straight game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when they play Washington on Sept. 1 to open the 2018 season.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:12
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
27
Touchdown 4:12
12-E.Stove runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
01:39
pos
34
26
Point After TD 5:56
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
20
Touchdown 6:06
8-J.Stidham incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 2-C.Burkett at AUB 45. 2-C.Burkett runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
88
yds
00:52
pos
33
20
Point After TD 11:36
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
20
Touchdown 11:36
10-M.Milton complete to 5-D.Snelson. 5-D.Snelson runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
54
yds
03:17
pos
26
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:30
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
20
Touchdown 1:30
10-M.Milton complete to 26-O.Anderson. 26-O.Anderson runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
65
yds
02:44
pos
19
20
Point After TD 7:55
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
20
Touchdown 7:55
21-K.Johnson runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
82
yds
03:37
pos
13
19
Point After TD 14:05
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
13
Touchdown 14:05
8-J.Stidham complete to 33-W.Hastings. 33-W.Hastings runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
26
yds
00:43
pos
13
12
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:07
11-M.Wright 45 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
42
yds
00:31
pos
13
6
Field Goal 0:50
38-D.Carlson 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
15
plays
72
yds
04:11
pos
10
6
Point After TD 8:51
11-M.Wright extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 8:51
10-M.Milton runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
21
yds
00:47
pos
9
3
Field Goal 11:16
11-M.Wright 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
53
yds
02:59
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:06
38-D.Carlson 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
43
yds
03:46
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 28
Rushing 9 8
Passing 11 17
Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Conv 6-14 9-18
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 405 377
Total Plays 71 87
Avg Gain 5.7 4.3
Net Yards Rushing 169 90
Rush Attempts 36 44
Avg Rush Yards 4.7 2.0
Net Yards Passing 236 287
Comp. - Att. 16-35 28-43
Yards Per Pass 6.7 6.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-6 6-44
Penalties - Yards 8-74 8-61
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 5-40.2 5-39.2
Return Yards 136 164
Punts - Returns 1-1 1--10
Kickoffs - Returns 4-90 6-174
Int. - Returns 2-45 0-0
Kicking 6/8 5/6
Extra Points 4/4 3/3
Field Goals 2/4 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
12 UCF 13-0 01371434
7 Auburn 10-4 3314727
236 PASS YDS 287
169 RUSH YDS 90
405 TOTAL YDS 377
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Milton 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
45.7% 242 2 0 122.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.1% 4037 37 9 179.3
M. Milton 16/35 242 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Milton 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 116 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
106 613 8
M. Milton 13 116 1 23
O. Anderson 26 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 38 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
69 494 4
O. Anderson 11 38 0 12
A. Killins Jr. 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
122 790 10
A. Killins Jr. 10 28 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Smith 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 89 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
59 1171 13
T. Smith 5 89 0 34
J. Akins 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 56 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 515 4
J. Akins 2 56 0 30
D. Snelson 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 39 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
46 695 8
D. Snelson 4 39 1 17
G. Davis 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 391 4
G. Davis 2 38 0 23
O. Anderson 26 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 351 3
O. Anderson 2 17 1 12
A. Killins Jr. 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 169 1
A. Killins Jr. 1 3 0 3
M. Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 270 2
M. Williams 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Griffin 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 1 1.5
S. Griffin 9-4 1.5 0
T. Davis 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.5
T. Davis 7-2 0.5 0
C. Burkett 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
C. Burkett 6-2 0.0 1
K. Gibson 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 4 0.0
K. Gibson 6-0 0.0 0
N. Clarke 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
N. Clarke 5-0 0.0 0
M. Hughes 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 4 0.0
M. Hughes 5-0 0.0 0
R. Grant 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
R. Grant 4-0 0.0 0
P. Jasinski 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 1 0.0
P. Jasinski 4-3 0.0 0
J. Connors 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Connors 3-0 0.0 0
J. Pittman 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.5
J. Pittman 3-2 1.5 0
T. Hill 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
T. Hill 2-0 1.0 0
T. Neal 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-5 3 0.0
T. Neal 2-5 0.0 0
B. Moore 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
B. Moore 2-0 0.0 0
T. Guerad 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.5
T. Guerad 2-3 0.5 0
N. Evans 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Evans 1-0 0.0 0
S. Lowry 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
S. Lowry 1-0 0.0 0
A. Wooten 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Wooten 1-2 0.0 0
A. Collier 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
A. Collier 1-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Wright 11 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/4 4/4
SEASON FG XP
13/18 80/81
M. Wright 2/4 45 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Loudermilk 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 40.2 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 39.6 3
M. Loudermilk 5 40.2 3 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hughes 19 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 22.5 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 31.8 33 2
M. Hughes 4 22.5 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hughes 19 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 16.6 1 1
M. Hughes 1 1.0 1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.1% 331 1 2 128.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.5% 3158 18 6 151.0
J. Stidham 28/43 331 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 71 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
285 1391 18
K. Johnson 22 71 1 14
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 453 2
K. Martin 6 24 0 13
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 23 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 315 2
E. Stove 3 23 1 13
D. Barrett 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 79 0
D. Barrett 1 -3 0 -3
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 -25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 153 4
J. Stidham 12 -25 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
W. Hastings 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 117 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 525 4
W. Hastings 6 117 1 30
D. Slayton 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 69 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 643 5
D. Slayton 5 69 0 29
N. Craig-Myers 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 54 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 285 3
N. Craig-Myers 3 54 0 26
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
84 815 5
R. Davis 8 47 0 19
C. Cox 27 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 78 0
C. Cox 2 23 0 16
M. McClain 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 47 0
M. McClain 1 10 0 10
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 194 2
K. Johnson 1 6 0 6
D. Barrett 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 33 1
D. Barrett 1 4 0 4
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 265 0
E. Stove 1 1 0 1
T. Brown 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Brown 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Peters 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Peters 5-1 0.0 0
D. Davis 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
D. Davis 4-4 0.0 0
T. Williams 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. Williams 4-0 0.0 0
J. Dean 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Dean 4-1 0.0 0
D. Williams 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Williams 4-0 0.0 0
T. Matthews 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
T. Matthews 4-1 0.0 0
D. Brown 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
D. Brown 3-4 0.0 0
M. Davidson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Davidson 3-0 0.0 0
D. Russell 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
D. Russell 2-3 0.0 0
J. Holland 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
J. Holland 2-0 1.0 0
J. Davis 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
J. Davis 2-0 0.0 0
M. Atkinson 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Atkinson 2-1 0.0 0
D. Thomas 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
D. Thomas 1-2 0.0 0
R. McBryde 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. McBryde 1-0 0.0 0
N. Ruffin 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
N. Ruffin 1-0 0.0 0
A. Williams 79 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Williams 1-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Carlson 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
23/31 57/57
D. Carlson 2/3 46 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Marshall 41 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 39.2 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
43 39.4 0
A. Marshall 5 39.2 0 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Igbinoghene 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 29.0 72 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 23.8 72 0
N. Igbinoghene 6 29.0 72 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Roberts 14 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -10.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 6.8 0 0
S. Roberts 1 -10.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UCF 25 0:31 4 -10 Punt
12:54 UCF 49 1:55 5 3
6:54 UCF 20 0:37 3 5 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:15 UCF 36 2:59 12 48 FG
9:38 AUBURN 21 0:47 2 21 TD
5:44 AUBURN 50 0:36 3 2 Punt
0:38 UCF 30 0:31 5 42 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:05 UCF 25 2:25 5 16 Punt
7:46 UCF 10 1:53 6 37 Punt
4:14 UCF 35 2:44 7 65 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 UCF 41 3:17 9 59 TD
10:41 UCF 34 3:37 7 58 FG Miss
4:02 UCF 44 1:39 6 35 FG Miss
0:24 UCF 20 0:00 1 -1
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:19 AUBURN 22 1:18 3 -6 Punt
10:52 AUBURN 49 3:46 8 43 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:04 AUBURN 19 5:28 14 45 FG Miss
11:05 AUBURN 28 1:14 4 29 Fumble
8:46 AUBURN 10 2:54 7 -9 Punt
5:01 AUBURN 9 4:11 15 78 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:48 UCF 26 0:43 2 26 TD
11:32 AUBURN 18 3:37 10 82 TD
5:44 AUBURN 18 1:18 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:22 AUBURN 32 1:19 3 -10 Punt
11:30 AUBURN 26 0:41 3 1 Punt
6:58 AUBURN 20 0:52 5 15 INT
5:51 AUBURN 11 1:39 7 89 TD
2:18 AUBURN 21 1:50 11 -1 INT