When Texas Tech faced fourth-and-3 on its 28-yard line, UCF surprised everyone by lining up for a 45-yard field goal attempt.
However, the Knights had a clever trick up their sleeves. Instead of going for the field goal, the holder Mitch McCarthy executed a seamless fake, tossing the ball behind his back to kicker Colton Boomer. Boomer then raced 24 yards before being knocked out of bounds just shy of the end zone.
Offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw mentioned that it was the perfect situation for such an unexpected play. The highlight’s success added to a rollercoaster-type performance for Boomer, a standout at Lake Mary High.
Boomer’s 32-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter against Texas Tech hit the right upright and denied UCF a chance to retake the lead.
Despite the missed opportunity, the coaching staff expressed confidence in Boomer’s abilities. The team remains optimistic about its upward trajectory.
For UCF, the looming bowl bid becomes a significant goal. A win over Houston on Saturday is essential to maintain the school’s strong bowl appearances track record.
The team views the potential bowl bid as an opportunity to gain 15 additional practices, benefitting younger players. Defensive coordinator Addison Williams sees it as a reward for the players and a chance for coaching staff to dedicate time and mentorship to the emerging talent within the team.
Meanwhile, UCF’s struggles on the road have not gone unnoticed. Head coach Gus Malzahn acknowledges the challenge of facing formidable opponents away from Orlando, causing UCF to finish with a 2-4 record on the road, including a 1-4 record in the Big 12.
While the road has been tough, the team remains resilient and optimistic about the future.
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