- McClain retreated to his own goal line while steering clear of four pass-rushers
- He then picked out RJ Harvey for the first down as FS1’s Eric Collins went berserk
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UCF Knights quarterback Timmy McClain produced one of the most extraordinary fourth-down conversions ever in their Saturday night defeat by the Baylor Bears.
Despite their eventual 36-35 loss at Bright House Networks Stadium, McClain’s heroics gave the Knights hope of a late comeback having blown a big lead earlier in the game.
With UCF facing fourth and one from its 30-yard line heading into the final minute, McClain retreated back to his own goal line while managing to steer clear of four pass-rushers.
Somehow, the 21-year-old kept his balance despite two Baylor defenders diving at his feet, before he launched a pass to RJ Harvey for the first down.
It was an astonishing piece of play from McClain, whose remarkable conversion left FS1 announcer Eric Collins in disbelief.
UCF Knights’ Timmy McClain (second from left) produced one of the most extraordinary fourth-down conversions ever on Saturday night
McClain managed to evade four pass-rushers after retreating back to his own goal line
As he evaded a host of Baylor defenders while searching for a pass Collins shrieked: ‘McClain! He’s still on his feet! Oh my goodness!’
McClain, the redshirt freshman covering for injured star John Rhys Plumlee, drove his team into field-goal range – albeit a long one.
On the final play of the game, Colton Boomer then missed a 59-yard field goal as Baylor ran out 36-35 winners.
It proved a disappointing night for UCF despite the brilliance of McClain, especially given they held a 35-7 advantage during the third quarter.
They also led 35-10 heading into the fourth before Baylor scored 26 points to turn things around in the final quarter.
Bears quarterback Blake Shapen had a touchdown pass and completed a pair of two-point conversion to reduce the deficit to nine points, before Caden Jenkins returned a fumble for a touchdown to cut it to two.
The 21-year-old redshirt freshman then launched a pass to RJ Harvey to secure the first down
Harvey took the catch to give the Knights hope of a late comeback at the back end of the fourth quarter
Isaiah Hankins then scored a 25-yard field goal to edge the visitors ahead with a minute a 21 seconds to play.
McClain completed 13 of 25 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns while also adding a rushing touchdown.
Opposite number Shapen finished the game with 21 of 34 for 293 yards and a touchdown.