By Marc Daniels
UCF will play in its fourth CUSA Championship game in its eighth season in the league. The Knights 49-24 win over UAB earned the return trip to Tulsa, where UCF fell 23-21 two weeks ago.
Among the UAB win highlights were the fact that the 20 seniors closed out their home careers at Bright House Network stadium with a win. That group posted a 21-5 record playing at home and earned their 33rd overall win and becomes the all-time leader in wins with one more victory in their final two games.
Quincy McDuffie dazzled those at the game with three rushing touchdowns including UCF's final score on a beautiful 43-yard run to the end zone. It was also fitting for Lyle Dankenbring, as the former walk-on picked off a UAB pass and went 78-yards for the touchdown.
Now on to Tulsa again, where UCF can say it did not play its best game of the season yet still had a chance to win. Tulsa enters the game off a 35-27 loss to SMU in Dallas. The Golden Hurricane ran 103 plays and had 32 first downs to the Mustangs 12.
This will mark the second time Tulsa has hosted the CUSA title game. In 2008, East Carolina beat Tulsa 27-24. The visiting team has won three of the previous seven conference championship games. Houston and Southern Miss have faced each other twice in the title game, while UCF and Tulsa will face off for the third time in the game.
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Radio coverage, on the UCF/IMG Radio Network, for UCF and Tulsa begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Kickoff from is set for noon.