Scott Frost enjoyed one final celebration at Central Florida. The Knights scored 21 straight points in the second half to take command in a 34-27 win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl as Central Florida closed the season with a record of 13-0.
It capped a whirlwind month for Frost, who was introduced as Nebraska’s new coach a day after Central Florida won the American Athletic Conference title.
“I hold my head high because through this whole process and the decisions and everything I tried to do everything the right way”, said Frost. “It was the right thing to do to come coach these guys. I am not happy for me but I am so happy for these guys.”
Down seven late in the third quarter, the No. 12 Knights stormed back into the game. Quarterback McKenzie Milton hit Otis Anderson on a screen pass that the freshman took to the end zone to tie the game with 1:30 to play in the third. Following a Tigers punt, the Knights offense drove back into Auburn territory. Milton danced around a few would-be tacklers, stepped up in the pocket and found a cutting Dredrick Snelson from eight yards out to give the Knights a 27-20 lead.
Auburn took over at their own 20-yard line with 6:58 left to play and a chance to even the score. Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw a pass that was intended for a cutting receiver for a short gain, but senior Chequan Burkett stepped in front to intercept the pass. The native of Montgomery, Ala., had no one in front of him and sprinted 45 yards to the end zone for the game-winning score.