Knight vision: UCF alumni club hosts bowl watch party, supports local players

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Hampton Roads UCF Alumni Club's Fiesta Bowl watch party

NORFOLK, Va. - For a game played in Arizona featuring a team from Florida - there was plenty of support in coastal Virginia.

Tuesday, the Hampton Roads UCF (University of Central Florida) Alumni Club hosted a watch party at Norfolk's Waterside District's Blue Moon Taphouse for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl featuring No. 8 UCF vs. No. 11 LSU. The Knights' roster features a trio of local players: defensive lineman Dedrion Bacote-Sweat (Ocean Lakes H.S.), offensive lineman James Collins (Oscar Smith H.S.) and starting quarterback Darriel Mack, Jr. (Norview H.S.)

Hampton Roads UCF Alumni Club's Fiesta Bowl watch party

"Having a local product playing quarterback for our Knights, it expands the brand and expands the fanbase," explained UCF alumnus Jason Crist, a Newport News resident. "Schools can find talent wherever, and the homegrown talent here in Hampton Roads showing up in a New Year's Day bowl game is great."

UCF entered the game, played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, riding a 25-game win streak - the longest in the nation. However, LSU bottled-up Mack and UCF to win 40-32 and snap the Knights' streak.

Quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. of the UCF Knights. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

For the game, Mack, the redshirt freshman filling in for injured starting QB McKenzie Milton, completed 11-of-30 passes for 97 yards. He threw one touchdown pass and one interception in his third career start.

"I couldn't be more proud of this team, of this senior class," Crist added. "We're just showing athletics still mean something and collegiate athletes can still produce. It makes me proud to be a UCF Knight - more than just the results, but what the players stand for, as well."

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