The longest winning streak in major college football is over.
LSU defeated Central Florida 40-32 in the Fiesta Bowl, ending the Knights’ run of 25 consecutive victories dating to the start of the 2017 season.
UCF was playing in its second consecutive New Year’s Six Bowl after beating Auburn last season in the Peach Bowl. But the result was different.
The Knights started well enough, jumping out to an early 14-3 lead on a Greg McCrae touchdown run and a 93-yard interception return by Brandon Moore for another score.
From there, LSU took command.
Joe Burrow threw for three touchdowns in the first half to put the Tigers ahead 24-21 at intermission.
Another scoring completion of 32 yards to Ja’Marr Chase gave LSU a 31-21 lead in the third quarter. Burrow finished 21-for-34 for 394 yards and four touchdowns.
UCF got within eight with 2:24 left, but the Tigers clinched the victory with a late interception.