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State: UCF strolls 45-21 behind Schneider

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 10, 2002

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Ryan Schneider threw for a career-high five touchdowns and ran for another as Central Florida defeated Buffalo 45-21 Saturday.

Coming off last week's school-record 440-yard game against Syracuse, Schneider completed 25 of 43 passes for 360 yards and connected with five receivers on scoring plays.

Down by seven in the third quarter, the Golden Knights (4-5, 3-2 Mid-American Conference) pulled even on a six-play, 66-yard drive, capped by Schneider's 8-yard pass to Luther Huggins.

The Knights took the lead after safety Peter Sands intercepted Randall Secky's pass and returned the ball 50 yards to the Bulls 12. Two plays later, Schneider hit Michael Gaines for a 14-yard touchdown.

The Bulls (1-9, 0-6) have yet to win this season at home.

Schneider's performance overshadowed Buffalo tailback Aaron Leeper's career-best three-touchdown, 119-yard performance. Leeper also set a school scoring record for freshmen with his ninth touchdown.

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HAMPTON 37, B-CC 7: Riam Thompson ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns as the host spoiled Bethune-Cookman's chances for a perfect season.

Hampton (6-4, 4-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led 13-0 at halftime and went ahead 20-0 when Thompson scored the first of his touchdowns on a 13-yard run midway through the third quarter.

The Wildcats (9-1, 5-1) turned the ball over four times, had a punt blocked for another touchdown and got their only points on Brad Lee's 2-yard run with 6:26 left in the third quarter.

Scot Austin and three others were a combined 23-for-44 for 239 yards for the Wildcats, but Austin threw one interception, Andre McGill threw two and Bethune lost a fumble.

FLA. INTERNATIONAL 35, ALBANY 26: Jamie Burke passed for 243 yards and four touchdowns in a comeback victory at Miami.

All of Burke's TD passes came in the second half as FIU (5-5) scored 35 consecutive points to overcome a 21-0 halftime deficit. FIU scored 28 in the third quarter during nine plays completed in just over five minutes.

The comeback was fueled by three turnovers by Albany (6-4).

JACKSONVILLE 44, EDWARD WATERS 31: Defensive back Jeremy Kearson returned two blocked punts for touchdowns in leading the host Dolphins.

Jacksonville (3-6) blocked three punts in all, two by freshman Marshall Trace, and recovered two fumbles from the NAIA Tigers (5-4). Kearson scored on a 5-yard return in the first quarter and added a 29-yard return in the third quarter on Trace's second block of the game.

Jacksonville led by 24-19 at the end of three quarters but broke loose with three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes.

Edward Waters sophomore quarterback Dexter Davis threw for a career-high 415 yards on 21 of 33 attempts, including five touchdowns.

FLA. ATLANTIC 34, MORRIS BROWN 13: Daveon Barron rushed for two touchdowns and Jared Allen passed for two more as the host Owls got their first win of the season.

Florida Atlantic (1-8), which entered the game last in rushing and total offense in Division 1-AA, gained 233 rushing yards and finished with 418 total yards, three short of the school record.

Barron's second touchdown, a 1-yard run in the third quarter, gave the Owls a 24-7 lead.

TROY STATE 24, FLORIDA A&M 7: DeWhitt Betterson ran for 77 yards, including a second-quarter touchdown, and the Trojans took advantage of three interceptions to win at Mobile, Ala.

Florida A&M (7-4) dominated on offense with 273 total yards to 197 for Troy State (4-7). But the Trojans offset that with turnovers, including a first-quarter interception that Johnny Faulk returned 34 yards for a touchdown.

Reggie Hayes threw for 156 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown to Andrew Harrison at the end of the first quarter, to lead FAMU.

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