Tifton Gazette


January 24, 2014

Summers soaked in UCF Fiesta Bowl win

Tifton native calls plays for Knights

CHULA — UCF offensive tackle Chris Martin had the bucket of ice water stashed away and ready for Knights coach George O'Leary.

As the final minutes ticked off the clock during No. 15 UCF's historic 52-42 Fiesta Bowl win over No. 6 Baylor at University of Phoenix Stadium, the senior wanted to make sure he soaked O'Leary. His plan was foiled by what is often called the best play in football -- the victory formation.

"I had it ready and everything, man," Martin said. "I had it ready, but I couldn't because I had to be on the field to take a knee, which is also a good thing."

O'Leary managed to stay dry, but as the final seconds ticked off the clock in Arizona, completing UCF's dream season, the Knights' celebration took off.

Tifton native Tyson Summers, the linebackers coach who called the defense on Wednesday night for the first time in his career, was not as lucky as O'Leary. He was doused by a traditional ice-water bath.

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