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State: Knights win shootout but lose chance at title

©Associated Press
November 24, 2002

OXFORD, Ohio -- Ryan Schneider threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns and Alex Haynes ran for 156 yards and two scores as Central Florida beat Miami (Ohio) 48-31 on Saturday.

But Marshall clinched the MAC East with a 24-21 victory against Ohio.

Jimmy Fryzel caught six passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns for the Golden Knights.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 23 of 41 passes for 271 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the RedHawks.

Miami started quickly, taking a 10-0 lead on Mike Smith's 9-yard run and Jared Parseghian's 27-yard field goal with 3:27 left in the first quarter.

Schneider threw a 76-yard touchdown to Fryzel 22 seconds later to make it 10-7. Central Florida took a 14-10 lead when Al Hopkins took a blocked punt 2 yards for a score with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.

Schneider's 20-yard pass to Fryzel and Andreal Curry's 1-yard run made it 28-10 at the half. Schneider added a 22-yard touchdown to Doug Gabriel in the fourth, and Haynes scored on a late 3-yard run.

Fryzel and Gabriel became the first UCF receiving tandem to each top 1,000 yards in a season.

Gabriel needed 37 yards coming in and picked up 40 during the first half.

Fryzel needed 129 yards coming in and picked up 120 on four receptions during the first half. Fryzel and Gabriel have 1,045 and 1,058 yards, respectively, on the season.

FAU 31, FUI 21: Eric Harper and Aaron Sanchez rushed for touchdowns and Lee Pasick returned a fumble for a score for the visiting Owls in the initial meeting between the I-AA schools.

Florida International's David Tabor threw touchdowns to Cory McKinney and Harold Leath. Tabor started the second half in place of Jamie Burke, who dislocated his left shoulder.

In the second quarter, Florida Atlantic scored two touchdowns in 10 seconds. A 27-yard run by Sanchez gave FAU first and goal at the 6. Harper then ran for a touchdown that made it 14-0.

Lagrant Perry fumbled on the ensuing kickoff. Pasick scooped up the ball and ran 14 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead.

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