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State: Golden Knights top Flashes, stay alive in MAC

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November 17, 2002


ORLANDO -- A steady downpour before kickoff made for a wet field and sparse crowd at the Florida Citrus Bowl, possibly explaining Central Florida's sluggish start. But the Golden Knights bounced back to keep their postseason hopes alive.

ORLANDO -- A steady downpour before kickoff made for a wet field and sparse crowd at the Florida Citrus Bowl, possibly explaining Central Florida's sluggish start. But the Golden Knights bounced back to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Ryan Schneider threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns after a two-turnover first quarter, and Matt Prater kicked four field goals to tie a school record as UCF beat Kent State 32-6 Saturday night.

UCF evened its record for the first time this season, keeping alive its hopes for a conference title in its first year in the MAC.

"Our season's not over," said tailback Alex Haynes, who rushed for a career-high 149 yards and a 14-yard touchdown in the fourth. "Some things can fall through for us, and we can get a bowl game."

The Golden Knights can capture the MAC East and host the championship game if they win their final two and Marshall loses its final two.

Kent State, which has lost three straight, was held to 141 yards and eight first downs. The Golden Flashes fumbled seven times, losing three, and converted two of 14 third-down attempts.

Flashes quarterback Darryl Polk, a Florida native making his second career start, completed 10-of-21 for 58 yards. Tailback Antonio King had 50 yards rushing.

Kent State was without starting quarterback Josh Cribbs, who had 1,072 yards rushing and 1,009 passing before being sidelined with a bad hamstring.

Schneider completed 23-of-43 before sitting out the last half of the fourth, ending his quest for a third straight 300-yard game. His favorite target was Jimmy Fryzel, who caught seven passes for 126 yards.

Attendance was 7,354, the lowest for a home game since 1992, when UCF competed in I-AA.

B-CC 46, HOWARD 27: Quarterback Lawrence McCloud scored three touchdowns, propelling the host Wildcats to a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title. Bethune-Cookman can win the conference outright by taking the season finale in Orlando on Saturday against Florida A&M.

McCloud scored on runs of 9, 10 and 18 yards as he filled in for injured starter Allen Suber, out with a leg injury. Defensive back-wide receiver Rashean Mathis added two touchdowns, scoring on a 55-yard interception return -- his 13th of the season, which leads Division I-AA.

E. ILLINOIS 47, FLA. ATLANTIC 6: J.R. Taylor set a single-game school record with 308 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns and the host Panthers won their eighth straight. Taylor had scoring runs of 1, 3, 4 and 50 yards on 35 carries, giving him a school-record 50 career TDs, topping the mark of 49 set by Poke Cobb (1976-79).

Tony Romo threw three touchdowns to set another school mark with 31 career TD passes, surpassing Sean Payton's 28 in 1984.

WAGNER 42, JACKSONVILLE 7: George Scott rushed for 70- and 80-yard touchdowns for the visiting Seahawks. Scott finished with 182 yards rushing and had 314 yards total. The Dolphins had 114 yards. Freshman quarterback Mike Sturgill was 5-of-15 for 52 yards and was sacked three times.

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