PHOTOS: UCF vs. Cincinnati

For the second-straight season, the UCF football team clinched its place in the American Athletic Conference championship game thanks to a 38-13 win over No. 19 Cincinnati. The victory capped an amazing day on campus: Picture-perfect weather, ESPN College GameDay in the morning, the ABC Saturday Night primetime game and the league's East Division trophy presented in the locker room all made for an incredible experience fans won't soon forget. (Words by Jenna Marina Lee) (12 photos total)

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    1UCF's win over Cincinnati lifted the Knights to the best record in The American's East Division and earned them a spot to compete for the overall conference championship in Spectrum Stadium on Dec. 1. (Photo by UCF Athletics)

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    2Senior defensive back Keenan Johnson along with the rest of UCF's senior class were celebrated for their careers as Knights in their final regular season game in Spectrum Stadium. (Photo by Austin Warren)

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    3A crowd of 47,795 blacked out Spectrum Stadium, marking the second-largest home crowd in program history. (Photo by Austin Warren)

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    4“That’s the loudest, even away games – we were at Michigan and South Carolina – that’s the loudest stadium I’ve ever been in. ... [Cincinnati] couldn’t hear. I’m right next to center and they’re yelling at each other. They don’t know what’s going on. ... I give so much credit to [the fans]. Let’s travel to Tampa next week and have the same outcome.” — UCF senior defensive lineman Joey Connors (Photo by Austin Warren)

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    5A fan group called The Knights Watch created a special banner for the game that was lifted into the stands prior to kickoff. (Photo by Austin Warren)

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    6Junior running back Adrian Killins Jr. caught his third and fourth receiving touchdowns of the season and the 24th and 25th total touchdowns of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh all-time in program history. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    7College GameDay anaylst Lee Corso takes in the game from the sidelines. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    8Sophomore wide receiver Tre Nixon picks up a first down for the Knights. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    9"It’s been a long time coming, something like this, a game of this magnitude. We’re just grateful we seized the opportunity and played a good ball game in all three phases. But all that means for us is we’re 1-0 and we’ve got a big rivalry game next week and then we’ll roll into the conference championship.” — Junior quarterback McKenzie Milton (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    10Senior linebacker Gabriel Luyanda hugs defensive line coach Shane Burnham following the win. UCF's defense has forced at least one turnover in all 10 games this season and the last 29 games, dating back to 2016, a streak that leads the nation. (Photo by Austin Warren)

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    11After leading the team to its 10th win of the year, UCF head coach Josh Heupel greets his family on the field. (Photo by UCF Athletics)

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    12Riding a 23-game win streak into rivalry week, the Knights are ranked eighth in the Associated Press poll. UCF will travel to USF for the War On I4 matchup Friday at 4:15 p.m. (Photo by Channing Curtis, UCF Athletics)