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ORLANDO -- After Central Florida came within three feet of trailing late, Golden Knights quarterback Ryan Schneider wasted no time in putting Akron away for good.
Schneider clinched UCF's 28-17 victory Saturday by directing a 99-yard scoring drive set up when his Zips counterpart, Charlie Frye, fumbled on the potential go-ahead touchdown run.
"After the fumble, I was running down the sideline yelling, "We're going to take this 99 yards. Let's go,' " Schneider said.
The Knights drove the distance in nine plays on Schneider's third touchdown pass. At the Akron 35, the Knights went to a five-wideout formation and Schneider hit Tavaris Capers in stride for the score with 13:17 to play.
On the drive, Schneider completed all five of his passes for 87 yards. He finished 22-of-28 to 11 receivers for 287 yards with an interception.
"(Schneider) didn't try to extend himself out of his talent level," UCF coach Mike Kruczek said.
Akron, trailing 21-17 late in the third quarter, drove to the UCF 4. Frye rolled left, looking for his second rushing score of the game, but the sophomore fumbled and cornerback Omar Lawrence recovered the ball at the 1.
Akron's second touchdown cut UCF's lead to four midway through the second quarter. On a pass from midfield, Frye escaped a near-sack, rolled left and fired a 21-yard pass to Miquel Irvin. Two plays later, Frye faked a handoff to the right, then rolled left for 16 yards and a score.
"(Frye) is a real warrior. He's a great player, a great fighter. There aren't enough words to describe him," Zips coach Lee Owens said. "We just need to get him more help."
Frye was 29-of-41 for 278 yards despite being sacked six times. Tailback Bob Hendry added 105 yards rushing and 61 receiving.
Alex Haynes' 1-yard touchdown lunge put the Knights up 14-10 five seconds into the second quarter. Ivery Gaskins' third-down reception for 55 yards to the Akron 19 set up the score.
After the Zips went three-and-out on their next possession, UCF scored on Jimmy Fryzel's 10-yard catch. Schneider's touchdown was the sixth of 11 straight completions after a first-quarter interception.
J'VILLE 24, CHARLESTON SO. 21: Freshman Mike Sturgill was 21-for-34 for 277 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Dolphins, who erased a 14-point deficit.
The Dolphins took the lead for good late in the third quarter when Sturgill hit Jon Turner for an 8-yard touchdown after a blocked punt by Jacksonville's Marshall Trace.
Sturgill and Turner also hooked up for a first-quarter touchdown on fourth and goal from the Buccaneer 26. Turner had nine catches for 149 yards.
Charleston Southern, which plays at South Florida this Saturday, had a chance to tie with 1:31 left but Adam Resnick missed a 31-yard field goal.
TROY ST. 21, FLA. ATLANTIC 6: LeBarron Black ran for 289 yards and two touchdowns, and Hansell Bearden threw for another score for Division I-A Troy State.
Black gave Troy State a 21-6 lead in the third quarter on a 9-yard scoring run.
Florida Atlantic scored in the second quarter when Jared Allen hit Thomas Parker on an 11-yard touchdown. Dominic Fair's extra point was blocked.
Bearden threw a 54-yard touchdown to Jason Samples in the third quarter and finished with 130 yards passing.
GARDNER-WEBB 17, FLA. INT'L 14: George Pressley ran for a career high 104 yards and caught the winning touchdown. With 12:33 left, Pressley caught Jeremy Martin's 15-yard pass down the right sideline.
The pass completed an 11-play, 74-yard drive for the only points of the second half.
FIU drove 79 yards on the ensuing drive, to the 1-yard line, but Jerrid Lundstedt fumbled and Jim Maxwell recovered for Gardner-Webb.
FIU took a 14-7 lead in the first half on Rashod Smith's 26-yard touchdown run and Jamie Burke's 16-yard touchdown to Julius Eppinger.