All George O'Leary could do was smile like a kid on Christmas Day.
All Breshad Perriman could do was turn and run.
That's really all you can do when you earn a miracle victory in front of the eyes of the nation. And a miracle is actually what it took for UCF to come from behind to beat East Carolina 32-30 on Thursday night.
After collapsing in the fourth quarter and allowing 21 consecutive points in the fourth quarter, UCF got the ball back with 10 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. Justin Holman completed a pass out of bounds and then completed the throw of his life.
Holman dropped back, stepped up in the pocket, and hurled a pass high and deep. As it spun back down to Earth, Perriman slipped behind the Pirates' secondary and the ball dropped into his arms in the end zone.
And with that, UCF won the game and a share of the American Athletic Conference title. This marks the first time in program history that UCF won back-to-back conference championships.
"I just think we have a bunch of great kids, I'm happy for them," O'Leary said on ESPN. "Conference championships are tough to get. They really are."
For much of the night Holman was sharp, completing 20 of 34 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown.
Although the offense pulled off the miracle, the UCF defense controlled much of the game. The Knights tallied seven sacks, including four from the starting defensive tackles, Jaryl Mamea and Demetris Anderson.
East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden caught fire in the fourth quarter, tossing three touchdown passes and giving his team a lead with 2:17 left.
After UCF went four and out, all hope appeared to be lost.
And then the miracle happened.