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McKenzie Milton powers undefeated Central Florida to 34-27 Peach Bowl win over Auburn

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 1, 2018

Central Florida defensive back Antwan Collier (3) celebrates with team mates after he intercepted an Auburn passed ball in the closing seconds of the second half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Atlanta. Central Florida won 34-27. (John Bazemore / AP)
Central Florida defensive back Antwan Collier (3) celebrates with team mates after he intercepted an Auburn passed ball in the closing seconds of the second half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Atlanta. Central Florida won 34-27. (John Bazemore / AP)
By Charles Odum Associated Press

McKenzie Milton threw two touchdown passes and ran for 116 yards with another touchdown, leading No. 10 Central Florida to a 34-27 Peach Bowl win over No. 7 Auburn in Atlanta on Monday that capped the Knights’ perfect season.

UCF 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.

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.

UCF (13-0) won in its 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.

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

Citrus Bowl

(14) Notre Dame 21, (16) LSU 17: Myles Boykin scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 remaining and the Fighting Irish got their first win in a New Year’s Day bowl since 1994, defeating the Tigers at Orlando, Florida.

Three plays after Jack Gonsoulin’s 17-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 17-14 lead with 2:03 remaining, Boykin caught a pass from Ian Book with his right hand at the LSU 33, managed to elude corner Donte Jackson and broke a tackle attempt by John Battle up the right sideline for the game-winning score.

The Fighting Irish (10-3) trailed 14-6 early in the fourth quarter but tied it on a 6-yard Michael Young reception and two-point conversion to Josh Adams. The win breaks a nine-game losing streak by Notre Dame in bowls either designated as a New Year’s Six or played on Jan. 1.

Outback Bowl

South Carolina 26, Michigan 19: Jake Bentley threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns to help the Gamecocks overcome a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat the Wolverines in Tampa, Florida.

The sophomore tossed scoring passes of 21 yards to Bryan Edwards and 53 yards to Shi Smith, the latter giving the Gamecocks (9-4) a 23-19 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Michigan (8-5) finished with its first three-game losing streak under coach Jim Harbaugh.

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