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"Holman has time to unload it, he fires it high, he fires it deep, Perriman is out there, and he caught it for the touchdown! He caught it for the touchdown! UCF wins it!"

ESPN broadcaster Rece Davis had a bird's-eye view of UCF's Hail-Mary victory to win a share of the American Athletic Conference. On the sideline, head coach George O'Leary, however, did not see the play.

From his angle, he saw three East Carolina defenders between Holman and Perriman. As two of the defenders went up to deflect the ball, O'Leary looked down. It took a team manager to tell O'Leary that his receiver, Perriman, was the one who had caught the pass.

"I just started laughing," O'Leary said as he smiled outside of his office Friday. "I didn't think it was possible, and [the defenders] misjudged the ball when you watch the tape on it."

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UCF head coach George O'Leary discusses "Hail Mary" finish to American Athletic Conference championship game/ Ryan Gillespie, Central Florida Future

A few minutes later, O'Leary was wearing a headset and was live on ESPN talking about the play. Soon after, he was handed the American Athletic Conference trophy in the visitor's locker room. The pandemonium on the field had spilled over into the locker room as senior linebacker Troy Gray took the trophy and the players celebrated and threw water up in the air.

"I tell you what, I say the Rosary all the time and I think the Rosary helped out there," O'Leary said. "You don't want to end a game that way, but it's a great way to end it if you're going to end the season that way."

Over a 46-year coaching career, O'Leary has seemingly seen everything. But when asked if he had ever been a part of a "Hail Mary" situation such as Thursday night, he couldn't recall.

"We got back at 3 [a.m.], and I haven't been to bed yet," he said.

After returning to the Wayne Densch Athletic Center, O'Leary caught the ESPN replay of the game at 3 a.m., and followed that up with the coach's film.

And like many UCF fans, he just couldn't stop watching.

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